New Web of Science platform launched

The new Web of Science platform has been launched and is now available to Stirling students and staff. 

Web of Science is a multidisciplinary service for finding details of research articles and other publication types covering: sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. It tracks around 1.9 billion cited references from over 171 million records.

The new platform looks less cluttered and more intuitive. Both the search pages and results pages have been updated, whilst features from the previous version have been retained. Any search strategies and citation alerts you had saved in the old classic interface have been automatically copied across to the new platform.

New Features

New features include:

  • Article recommendations: a “You may also like” feature helps uncover papers. When viewing a record (or on the results page), you will see a list of related records. The list is based on anonymous usage data from all users. When someone visits a full record page and also visits another record page, they may both relate to a similar topic. Analysing millions of these relationships surfaces connections between records.
  • Share a search query: it’s now possible to copy a search query from Web of Science, making it easier to share and collaborate directly with others.
  • Enriched Cited References (Beta): selected journals have a new visualisation tool which helps navigate cited references by time, proximity, location and number of citations – this can help gauge overall impact.
  • Advanced search: includes a new query builder that re-uses the search history to make precision searching easier and faster.
  • Export Citation Report: can now export up to 1,000 records at one time.
  • Export into RIS reference format: enables export of records into bibliographic management software such as EndNote and RefWorks.
  • Funding data: every publication linked to a funded project now includes additional information such as Award Date, Total Award Amount, Primary Investigator, etc.
  • Web of Science Author Impact Beamplots: a new visualization tool that showcases the range of a researcher’s publication and citation impact in a single data exhibit – the aim is to better support responsible research evaluation.
  • My Research Assistant: works in tandem with My Research Assistant, the Web of Science app that allows searching and saving of records and the option to create a curated research feed on topics of interest.

The new platform is also designed to support planned future developments, including personalised home pages, author alerts and article-level metrics.

Help using the new Web of Science

A free “Introducing the New Web of Science” webinar will be running on:

Other support materials are available:

Access and Searching Web of Science

To access Web of Science:

  • Login to the University Portal
  • Choose the Resources tab, then ‘A-Z list of online resources’
  • Click on W, then Web of Science Core Collection

The classic version will remain available until the end of 2021. On the new platform home page, select Products in the top right hand corner, then choose ‘Web of Science (Classic)’ from the menu.

Clare Allan
Senior Research Librarian