Thomson Reuters Pulling Web of Science from Discovery Services

Thomson ReutersEarlier this month, Thomson Reuters announced a partnership with Google to add its Web of Science content to Google Scholar.  However, we are learning that Thomson Reuters is pulling its Web of Science content from other discovery services such as Summon, EBSCO Discovery Service, and Primo as early as the end of this year.

From a Thompson Reuters letter:

Web of Science is keeping pace with the evolution of research discovery. Increasingly, researchers of all levels are turning to the Open Web to begin their search.

That is why Thomson Reuters is collaborating with Google Scholar to make the Web of Science instantly discoverable and bring users directly to the Web of Science, where they can experience the power of citation connections.

We have always been committed to supporting researchers around the world as they find, evaluate and assign meaning to research.

Increasingly we have seen that while Discovery Services are a valuable tool for accessing full text content, they are not a replacement for the unique research discovery experience that the Web of Science offers.

As enabling research discovery based on citation connections is the primary objective of the Web of Science, and the foundation upon which our evaluation, selection and indexing process is based, we believe it is in the best interest of our customers and end users to use the Web of Science research discovery environment as the primary interface for authoritative search and evaluation of citation connected research.

For this reason we will no longer make Web of Science content available for indexing within EBSCO, Summon or Primo Central. We will, however, continue to support Web of Science Accessibility via linking and federated search capabilities in each of these discovery layers. Please direct any questions regarding configuration changes to their respective support teams.

This could foreshadow a troubling development for all discovery service vendors if others follow.

Read the partnership announcement at Against the Grain.

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One thought on “Thomson Reuters Pulling Web of Science from Discovery Services

  1. Thomson Reuters may have changed their policy. Serials Solutions tweeted:

    We have confirmed with Thomson Reuters that the Summon service will continue to provide Web of Science content to mutual subscribers.

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