Web of Science: latest release updates

The Web of Science platform was updated on Sunday 25th March.

There is a 4 minute ‘New Features’ video at:



Details of the changes are also outlined in their release notes below.


Web of Science is a multidisciplinary service for finding details of research articles and other publication types, covering: Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. You can access the Web of Science platform via:

  • University Portal http://portal.stir.ac.uk/
  • Select the Resources tab
  • Select the ‘A-Z list of online resources’ link
  • Choose W, then Web of Science (All databases or Core Collection)

Latest Updates

Easier Discovery of Research Data

New ‘Associated Data’ icons will clearly indicate which Web of Science Core Collection records have associated data sets attached to them. Users can also filter to see only records with linked data – for better visibility and search analysis – dramatically improving the discovery and access to critical data sets within published research!



Click on an article title to view the detailed record. From the detailed record you can then link to the Data Citation Index record for the associated data or link directly to the external source holding the data. These links to the data are on the right hand side panel and at the foot of the detailed record.





Easier Search Analysis through Visualization

In a continued effort to improve user experience, we have revamped the Analyze Results feature across the Web of Science platform, adding dramatically improved visualization and navigation.  This makes it much easier for users of all experience levels to interact with a more engaging view of the data.

  • Easily analyze large sets of search results
  • See visual summaries of the underlying data
  • Change which field you want to analyze with one click!
  • Change the visualization format
  • Download your complete analysis – up to 200k lines!

Run your search, then from the results screen select Analyze Results – you can then view by your selected field and download data.




More flexibility for Cited Reference Searching

Uncover the influence and trace the impact of any document that has ever been cited with a Cited Reference Search – one of the most powerful tools in the Web of Science.  Now with new enhancements for sorting and exporting the cited reference search table, you can easily identify the cited reference you are looking for from amongst the over 1.7+ billion cited reference links in the Web of Science.




Searching for authors is more efficient through improved author disambiguation

Improvements to the author name disambiguation algorithm used in the Web of Science Core Collection now makes it possible to be more confident that when you search for a researcher you can find all of their work, even when you are searching for an author with a common name or one who has published with several different affiliations. After an Author search you can choose to view the results grouped for author name.





Clare Allan

Senior Research Librarian