PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/-- The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of information for businesses and professionals, today announced a commitment with Ural Federal University (UrFU) to create a map of the University's scientific research efforts in order to demonstrate the efficiency and global impact of its programs and scientists. The first phase of the project will focus on determining how the scientists of the UrFU and the institutes of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (UB RAS) compare internationally with scientists at competing laboratories, universities and institutes.
This strategic relationship between Thomson Reuters and UrFU will identify the areas of science in which the UrFU and UB RAS are the most competitive, as well as other areas that may require further attention, and support the University's plans to further the global impact of its research efforts by developing new strategies to retain talent, pinpoint emerging trends and discover new opportunities for collaboration.
The map of UrFU's scientific research will be developed by tracking citation data in the Thomson Reuters Web of Science™, the world's most trusted citation index for leading scholarly literature, the Conference Proceedings Citation Index(SM), Book Citation Index(SM), BIOSIS Citation Index™, Derwent Innovations Index, Medline®, and Journal Citation Reports®. The trusted indicators of Thomson Reuters InCites™, the company's flagship, web-based research evaluation tool, will further the reach of the map by enabling the institution to measure research output and impact, monitor trends, and benchmark its performance against peers at the individual, departmental and global levels. These tools will ensure that UrFU and UB RAS objectively evaluate with the maximum amount of transparency.
"Objective and qualitative assessment of Russian scientists and research groups is very important, as Ural Federal University seeks to quantify the scientific activities of its employees and to determine the relevance of those activities to the world of science," said Vladimir Kruzhaev, vice reactor on research, Ural Federal University. "After assessing our intellectual property and our role in the world of science, as well as our efficiency in different fields of science, we will be able to effectively allocate resources and improve the competitiveness of UrFU among the world's leading research and education centers."
The UrFU will draw upon the comprehensive view provided by the map of its research efforts to determine the strengths of its scientific activities and opportunities for further improvement in cooperation with the scientific institutions of UB RAS. The data will also help clarify the scope of the University's scientific activities through the analysis of authors, articles, journals, patents, conference proceedings and books indexed in Thomson Reuters industry-leading databases.
"We are pleased to collaborate with Ural Federal University to map the reach and performance of its scientific research," said Gordon Macomber, managing director of Thomson Reuters Scholarly and Scientific Research. "The amount of scientific research data is becoming increasingly vast and complex. It is critical for a research institution to have a clear, accurate and comprehensive view of its impact on the global scholarly community in order to generate evidence-based decisions to enhance competitiveness."
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