PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, August 13 /PRNewswire/ --

The Scientific business of Thomson Reuters today announced the addition of new features to the Citation Impact Center -- a Web-based resource devoted to scholarly resources and discussion about the many facets of citation-based evaluation.

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The Citation Impact Center, formally the Citation Impact Forum, now features interviews and commentary from industry leaders -- bibliometricians, researchers and publishers -- about scholarly evaluation. In addition, with a streamlined site registration, visitors can take part in a discussion about the published articles. Industry experts are encouraged to submit articles and commentary for publication to the site.

The latest commentary piece, "Preserving the Integrity of the Impact Factor," discusses recommended guidelines for the proper use and interpretation of the Impact Factor.

"The Citation Impact Center promotes a dynamic dialogue within the research community, allowing users to share with their peers the strategies and tools being used to evaluate researchers, institutions, publications and impact," said James Testa, director of editorial development at the Scientific business of Thomson Reuters.

Thomson Reuters also will use the Center as a venue to address -- or to clarify -- appropriate use and interpretation of research metrics circulating among the scientific community and being published via journals, blogs and other forums.

"No form of research evaluation is cut and dry -- all research metrics have their benefits and their limitations," said Jim Pringle, vice president of product development at Thomson Reuters. "As partners in research, by promoting an understanding of and discussion about these metrics, we hope to encourage those in the industry to use metrics more effectively."

Visit the Thomson Reuters Citation Impact Center at To submit an article for posting to the Citation Impact Center, contact Sue Besaw at

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