Citation Searching: ISI, Scopus, IEEE

The original database providing citation searching, actually began as a printed index: Science Citation Index. Everyone knows that s/he could find additional relevant papers by looking at the references, (the bibliography) at the conclusion of papers, but this academic searching device was developed into an indexing service by Dr. Eugene Garfield, who founded the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) in Philadelphia in the 1960s. He compiled all the bibliographies from all the papers in major journals of all scientific fields. Science Citation Index has become Web of Science — or Web of Knowledge — which also includes the humanities and social sciences. One can choose the “Cited Ref Search”, or run a search and click on the number that follows “Times Cited” for the paper in question.

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GlobalSpec Announces Expanded Partnership with the IEEE

GlobalSpec a search engine, information resource, and epublishing company for the engineering, industrial, and technical communities, announced that it has expanded its relationship with the IEEE, a professional association for the advancement of technology. Visitors to the IEEE Xplore website, a digital library providing full text access to quality technical literature in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics, will now have access to more than one million application notes available on GlobalSpec. Application notes—content created by companies to explain, illustrate, and promote technologies or products—are searchable by keyword, and will be displayed separately from IEEE Xplore search results. This full library of application notes is powered by The Engineering Web, a vertical search engine indexed by GlobalSpec.

Source: EContent Magazine [] Nov. 27th

Computational Nanotechnology Network

Taylor & Francis Group and Purdue University sign MoU – 21 Nov 2007

Publisher Taylor & Francis Group, UK, has announced an agreement with Purdue University’s Network for Computational Nanotechnology. Under the deal, both parties will jointly explore and develop a set of new online content and collaboration offerings to aid the global nanoscience research community.

In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), officials from Taylor & Francis Group and the Network for Computational Nanotechnology agreed to cooperate to increase availability, volume, and appeal of online content for nanoscience. The two parties also agreed to explore new ways to make it easier for scientists, researchers and students to create and share content with colleagues.

The Network for Computation Nanotechnology’s nanoHUB ( is a web-based resource funded by the National Science Foundation to promote research, education, and collaboration in nanotechnology. With over 25,000 users, nanoHUB currently hosts nearly 800 nanoscience resources. This includes a breakthrough suite of online simulation tools, along with online presentations, courses, learning modules and podcasts.

Taylor & Francis Group publishes more than 80 nanotechnology textbooks, reference books and journals, representing over 1,000 nanoscience research authors and editors. Among Taylor & Francis’ titles are the best-selling Handbook of Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology, 2nd Edition and the Dekker Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology.

Nanotechnology Blog

Richard A. L. Jones, has been “blogging” about nanotechnology since August, 2004, at “Soft Machines — thoughts on the future of nanotechnology” It is an interesting and well-written blog which I learned about from Physics World, latest online alert, 11/1/2007.

“Richard Jones is an experimental polymer physicist at Sheffield University in the UK as well as the senior strategic advisor for nanotechnology for the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. His research is focused on the properties of polymers and biopolymers at surfaces and interfaces.” He is the author of Soft Machines: Nanotechnology and Life, new this month. Much of the final chapter can be found here:
The Physics World article should be here: