SEOUL, South Korea, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters, the world leader in intelligent information for businesses and professionals, and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), today announced an initiative to expand the global imprint of the region's scientific research by integrating content within the Korean Citation Index (KCI) into the Web of Science™, the premier search and discovery platform for the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
Launched by NRF in 2008, the KCI content is now available within the Web of Science as the KCI Korean Journal Database, which has increased the number of papers produced in South Korea (from 2002 to 2012) on the platform by 127 percent, from 20,755 to 47,066 articles. The new data set seamlessly connects to the leading indices within the Web of Science enabling researchers worldwide to review and analyze the regional content alongside top-tier international literature.
"Most universities and research institutions in South Korea rely on the KCI when evaluating their researchers and scholarly works," said NRF President Dr. Chung Min Keun. "Despite their outstanding quality, Korean journals are not known outside this region and are mostly published by local academic societies. By collaborating with Thomson Reuters, known for its rigorous journal selection criteria for Web of Science, we hope to increase the global impact of Korean research and international exposure of Korean journals, and encourage more scholarly exchange between South Korea and the rest of the world."
"We are pleased to be working with the NRF to bring South Korea's valuable research, particularly in the social sciences and humanities, to the forefront of international scholarly conversation," said Justin Kim, director of North Asia, IP & Science, Thomson Reuters. "As the global research community continues to evolve, it's becoming increasingly critical to spotlight regionally relevant scholarly literature that is increasingly influencing R&D, and identify the leading authors from emerging research centers like South Korea. This strategic collaboration with NRF is part of our ongoing commitment to further integrate this level of high-quality content into the Web of Science, and foster greater exchange and collaboration between South Korean researchers and their peers in the global community with a world-class content and support network."
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