PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, September 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

Thomson Reuters, the world's leading provider of information for businesses and professionals, today announced a new three-year partnership with the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Research that will bring Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge(SM) - an integrated and versatile research platform - to scientists and researchers at more than 60 institutions across Algeria.

The partnership will provide research scientists in the country with access to the world's leading research citation databases with comprehensive indexes of more than 12,000 of the most influential journals worldwide and research dating back to 1900. The Web of Knowledge platform will become the main point of access to scientific literature for the country's research community and forms a key component of the government's initiative to enhance the country's research environment.

Algeria currently has 34 national research programs underway and has committed to spending 100 billion Dinars (US$1.48 billion) on science over five years. The investment will allow the country to double its expenditure on scientific research, from 0.5 to one per cent of its GDP, while the number of scientific researchers will increase from 21,000 to 28,000 and the number of scientific labs to 1,200.

According to an analysis of data from Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge, research papers linked to Algeria show a strong focus in the fields of materials science, chemistry, engineering and physics. During the period 2005-2009, Algeria published 687 research papers in the field of materials science, making it one of the largest producers of research in this field for the North Africa region.

Professor Hafid Aourag, head of Algerian National Research, said: "The Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Research is delighted to have reached an agreement with Thomson Reuters. I believe that this partnership will greatly benefit the entire Algerian academic community. The proven and unmatched quality of the data and tools offered by the Web of Knowledge will allow Algeria to fulfil its long term ambition to become a major player in the global research community. Our country is now well equipped to start supporting our plans for major national technological development."

Professor Nadjib Badache, director of CERIST, the Algerian Research Centre for Scientific and Technical Information, added: "The partnership with Thomson Reuters will open new avenues for Algerian researchers. We are highly confident of the success of this exciting and historic project for Algeria."

Keith MacGregor, executive vice president at Thomson Reuters, commented: "Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge has a growing presence among the leading institutions in North Africa. We are pleased to partner with the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Research to build on the country's strong research ethic and, ultimately, to advance its position in the international research community."

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