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Journal Use Reports

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A partnership between Thomson Scientific and Australia’s University of Melbourne has resulted in the launch of Journal Use Reports, a new research assessment and collections management tool. Found within ISI Web of Knowledge, Journal Use Reports is said to combine Thomson Scientific’s citation information with a library’s own usage data to paint a unique picture of the utility of the library’s resources. This information is said to help librarians prioritise and evaluate their collections, and helps researchers and universities demonstrate the impact and prominence of their research.

‘By providing the hard data that we need to make proper, quantitative analyses of our collections, Journal Use Reports will be a key tool in refocusing our holdings,’ said Shirley Sullivan, electronic information coordinator at the University of Melbourne. ‘Journal Use Reports takes the evaluative responsibility off of our researchers, freeing up more time for their studies and streamlining the assessment process.’