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Thomson Scientific Salutes Nobel Laureate Prize Winners, Many of Whom Were Selected as Thomson Scientific Laureates in 2006
Date:10/16/2007

2007 Winners Demonstrate Strong Correlation Between Citations and

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PHILADELPHIA, and LONDON, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Thomson Scientific, part of The Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of information solutions to the worldwide research and business communities, accurately predicted two out of four Nobel Prize category winners this year -- in Physiology or Medicine, and in Physics.

This year's Physiology or Medicine award winners Mario R. Capecchi, Sir Martin J Evans, and Oliver Smithies, and the Physics award winners Albert Fert and Peter Grunberg, were accurately forecasted in 2006 as probable Nobel Laureates, using Thomson Scientific's analysis of citations. They were then admitted into the Thomson Scientific Hall of Laureates.

The Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, although not predicted, is a highly cited scientist and is listed in ISI Highly Cited (http://www.isihighlycited.com/), a freely accessible website that lists individuals that are the most highly cited within various fields for the period 1981-1999.

"Our successful predictions demonstrate the power of citation analysis to reveal important research contributions and the scientists responsible for them," said David Pendlebury, analyst with the Research Services group at Thomson Scientific. "Our prediction method, using citation counts as its fundamental point of departure, has over the years proven to be an accurate measure of research success and of Nobelists to be."

Many studies conducted over the past three decades have shown a strong correlation between citations in the literature
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