Upgrading Science and Education Policy With Web of Science
Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an executive order in May aimed at further upgrading state policy in education and science to help the country better meet the demands of the innovation economy.
In addition to an increase in funding for state research foundations and more spending on research and development, the order called for Russian researchers to increase their share of publications in the international scientific journals indexed in Web of Science.
Part of the Web of Knowledge platform, Web of Science provides access to citations databases and is primarily used by researchers, administrators, faculty and students. Its content includes coverage of the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities in more than 12,000 journals worldwide.
“We have worked for about three years to influence departments in the Ministry and the Russian Academic of Science,” explained Vice President of Sales Erik-Jan Van-Kleef. “Pavel Kasyanov – Country Manager for Scientific & Scholarly Research – and I lobbied to show them that Web of Science is the superior reference and gold standard. Over the years, we built a relationship by managing lots of demonstrations and organizing a workshop at the Russian Academy of Sciences.”
Their efforts included the 2010 publication of a Global Research Report produced by Jonathan Adams, Director of Research & Development, and Christopher King, Editorial Content Manager. The report was part of a series intended to inform policymakers about the changing landscape and dynamics of the global research base. It was another way to demonstrate Thomson Reuters reputation as a key influencer and market leader to the Russian government.
“This will help to make sure we become the leader in the Russian market and remain the leader,” Van-Kleef said. “This was the result of a highly coordinated strategy, with global support from everyone from Emma Warren-Jones in SSR Regional Strategic Marketing to Jonathan Adams in Research & Development.”
“We look forward to a continued productive relationship with the key research bodies in Russia, which have done so much to maintain the country’s outstanding intellectual reputation,” said Adams.
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