Monday, November 12, 2007

Free Web Research Tools – Many people are turned off by the cost of the market research reports available for purchase on this website. However, key statistics, lists of companies, diseases, and drugs can be gathered from the freely available abstract and table of contents of these reports. Also, specific chapters, tables, or figures from reports are often available at a much lower cost directly from They will even check to see if specific information is in that section before the purchase is made, to ensure that the money is well spent. – A relatively new patent database, Patent Lens is being provided by CAMBIA (, a non-profit organization in Australia. The free database allows simultaneous searching of US, European, and Australian patents and patent applications. The advanced search is very powerful, and the results are linked directly to the full text of the patents, where available. – The FDA Orange book is freely available on the web, but can be difficult to search. Minesoft uses the FDA data to create an easily searchable database of drugs, including approval dates, expiration dates, and exclusivity information. The records also include direct links to the relevant patents, where available.

Thanks to Karin Shank for compiling this list!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Science indicators revisited

Science indicators revisited - Science Citation Index vs. SCOPUS: A bibliometric comparison of both citation databasesThis article reports on a comparison of Science Citation Index, (which the authors describe as the only multidisciplinary database for measuring response to scientific publications for over 30 years), to SCOPUS, a direct competitor to SCI since 2005. Selected bibliometric analyses conducted in both databases for identical periods of time investigated the number of articles covered in each database, the number of non-cited articles, areas of interest in the databases, and the results of a specialized search on the topic of "fuel cells".

Among the findings from this comparison: SCOPUS covers a broader range of journals than SCI, but only from 1996 onwards, and citations are only fully available from this date onwards; in comparison, SCI's citation coverage extends back to 1945. Another finding reported is that the databases cover areas of interest with varying intensity. Additionally, SCOPUS has half the areas of interest of SCI, and all of the areas of interest represented in SCOPUS are also found in SCI.

The overriding conclusion of the authors is that "the SCI benchmark is still the number one worldwide", but the choice of database used should be made "with great care and on the basis of content". The findings detailed for each area of investigation in this article should be helpful in making this decision.

Pew Internet & American Life report on Wikipedia Users

Pew Internet & American Life report on Wikipedia UsersHave you ever wondered to what extent your clients rely on Wikipedia content?

Hitwise , an online competitive intelligence service, reports on the findings of The Pew Internet Project Survey conducted between February 15 and March 7 of this year, which found that despite the controversy regarding the reliability of content on Wikipedia, "36% of online American adults consult Wikipedia". \

The report provides a profile of Wikipedia users (for instance, 50% of those with at least a college degree consult the site, compared with 22% of those with a high school diploma), Wikipedia's ranking among the most visited sites on the Web (it was #1 at the end of the week of March 17th according to Hitwise data), and reasons for Wikipedia's popularity.

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