When a highly-networked research institute joins forces with a vast web of citation data, new insights are bound to emerge.

That’s the principle behind SFI’s new partnership with Clarivate™ Analytics, the company that develops the Web of Science, the world’s leading citation-based research tool used by more than 7,000 institutions around the globe. The partnership not only gives SFI researchers access to cross-disciplinary research from over 33,000 journals, it also creates a spot for Clarivate™ in SFI’s Applied Complexity Network (ACtioN), which helps leaders employ complex systems research to solve complex challenges.

With a mission to help “the world’s leading innovators reduce risk and accelerate the pace of discovering, protecting and commercializing new ideas,” Clarivate™ is a natural fit for ACtioN and for SFI. As Clarivate’s Senior Director of Innovation, Jason Rollins knows first-hand how critical applied research is, and sees a win-win proposition in the partnership.

“Major research labs around the world use our citation network as a dataset to do large-scale analysis and make big, bold predictions — connecting patent data to census grant funding data, for example, to understand emerging trends in innovation,” Rollins explains. “All of that substantially overlaps with the idea of complexity science, which SFI has very much led the way in formalizing and codifying.”

SFI’s librarian Margaret Alexander sees Web of Science as a critical first step for scientists who are bombarded with ideas from disciplines that are new to them.

“The whole concept of the Web of Science is to create a network that links authors who cite one another no matter where they work – and that concept is integral to how SFI works,” Alexander says. “Bibliographic products evolve, disappear, morph and transform. The Web of Science is timeless and manages to migrate along with all the electronic changes happening in libraries. And for a tiny library—that needs to support big ideas—such as ours, it’s our best tool.”

Clarivate™ Analytics accelerates the pace of innovation by providing trusted insights and analytics to customers around the world, enabling them to discover, protect and commercialize new ideas faster. Formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, Clarivate™ owns and operates a collection of leading subscription-based businesses focused on scientific and academic research, patent analytics and regulatory standards, pharmaceutical and biotech intelligence, trademark protection, domain brand protection and intellectual property management. Clarivate™ Analytics is now an independent company with over 4,000 employees, operating in more than 100 countries and owns well-known brands that include Web of Science™, Cortellis™, Derwent™, CompuMark™, MarkMonitor® and Techstreet™, among others.

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