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Thomson Reuters Web of Science(R) Provides Insights Into More than a Century of Influenza Research for Today's Health Professionals
Date:4/30/2009

Utilizing the 110 Years of Coverage of International Scholarly Journals, Web of Science Can Identify Highly Valuable Research Relating to Influenza Epidemics, Affording Knowledge and Perspective in the Face of the Current Swine Flu Outbreak

PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Web of Science is the world's leading citation database covering more than 11,000 authoritative scholarly journals and 130,000 academic conferences from around the globe in all fields of scholarly research. The unique capability of Web of Science's citation coverage facilitates the linking between current research articles and those articles that were utilized by the researchers. Additionally citations can instantly uncover the most important high-impact research.

"This information uses the Web of Science to uncover important research from the past that may help researchers investigate the current Swine Influenza outbreak," said Chris King, Science Watch editor, Healthcare and Science business of Thomson Reuters.

Historic Trends

Searching article titles in the Web of Science using the Boolean search: "(influenza or flu) and epidem*" will find 1,477 unique articles. Looking at the year of publication of the articles, there is a distinct and large peak in the number of records published shortly after the outbreak of A/H1N1 influenza (Spanish Flu) in 1918-1919.

Figure #1: Number of articles per year relating to influenza epidemics

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