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The paper shares some experiences and conclusions gained when working with the EuroTermBank project and also while creating a terminology database at the Latvian Academy of Sciences. The author advocates that each nation has to have a terminology database where national terms are collected. Typical problems for large national terminology databases are described. Content acquisition, speedy retrieval and proper representation are three main challenges every termbase creator is facing, and the way they can be addressed is also shown.

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A Radioanalytical Emergency Procedures Manual Database (REPMD) will be an important tool to assist laboratories preparing for emergency response to a sudden release of radioactivity into the environment. The collection and systematic organization of existing sampling, screening and radioanalytical methods will enable laboratories to assess the appropriate methodologies for their use. REPMD is intended to be flexible, searchable, and interactive to accommodate a wide range of available techniques while being protected from unauthorized modifications. Website access by the world-wide scientific community will make the database a foundation for international comparison. The information in the database will also serve as a comprehensive and periodically updated source of methods and procedures suitable for training programs and rapid reference.

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The online databases of the Dialog System retrieve only 26% of documents in an exhaustively compiled collection on the subject of Bradford's Law of Scattering, with some documents being retrieved from many databases. However, when the Exhaustive Collection is more stringently defined to include only those documents more about the subject, the retrieval rate of Dialog improves to 61%, while its most productive database, LISA, alone retrieves 37%. Both of these ‘samples’ give good estimates of the size-invariant properties of the Exhaustive Collection which are typically studied in Bradford and Growth Analyses—vindicating this use of online searching. However, without additional information, online searches are of little use in determining size-related properties of subject literature collections. Whether the analysis reported here—which relies on identical interpretations of a ‘subject’—has secure foundations is briefly considered.

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The publications by the Spanish scientists recorded in eight international databases in the years 1978 and 1983 are retrieved. Science indicators able to give a perception of the scientific productivity, the institutions involved, the habits of publishing in foreign or domestic journals and co-authorship are presented. The changes observed in these indicators in the two analysed years are examined and the trend in the evolution of the Spanish science is shown. The time delay in recording items by the databases and coverage of the Spanish journals are also studied.

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The important role of the Institute for Scientific Information'sScience Citation Index (SCI) as an international retrieval and evaluation tool is briefly discussed. The role ofChinese Science Citation Database (CSCD), the counterpart of SCI in China, in improving the application of citation retrieval method in China, is summarized. The construction process and status quo of CSCD are explained.

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. The Science Citation Index (SCI)-Expanded was primarily designed to help researchers retrieve relevant publications on specific topics (Garfield and Pudovkin 2003 ). As the database became available, different criteria were developed to evaluate

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Computerized bibliographic databases have become sufficiently well developed and widely available to researchers that they have become potentially an important source of time series estimates of the growth of scientific literature. This paper uses the GEOREF3 database in such an application to estimation of the growth of geoscience. It is found by comparison with studies previously done from the hardcopy equivalents of GEOREF3 that the computer-derived time series can achieve results similar to their equivalents and do this more efficiently, more inexpensively and more comprehensively. Examples are given for geoscience as a whole, and for the literature related to several mineral commodities: iron ore, lead ore, nickel ore, petroleum and natural gas, radioactive minerals and ores, and zinc ore.

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European authorship trends in fifteen major scientific and technical bibliographic databases on the DIALOG information system are examined for works published between 1970 and 1990. There was an increasing number of records with European authors in 21% of the data set. In 6%, an overall decline was found. In 52%, authorship increased into the 1980's, and then declined. The most heavily represented countries were the former Soviet Union, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. Overall, with the exception of MEDLINE, BIOSIS, and INSPEC, coverage of the works of European authors has been declining over the past twenty years, and particularly so in the last five.

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influence score (AIS) in JCR acting as the witches. Doing an assessment based on Google Scholar (GS) instead of curated databases (such as Scopus or Web of Science) in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative, would have serious

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interdisciplinary contribution), partly to gauge the degree of reflection of the cross-disciplinary research output in the Web of Science (WoS) database. Our aim was to assess the potential of bibliometry as an analytical tool for analysis and interpretation of the

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