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Until recent years, ISI’s suite of citation indexes, now known as the Web of Science, was the only real option for finding information about who cited what and when. It is because of the Web of Science and its print predecessors (Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index) that citedness and impact factor are now commonly used as measures of research output and quality. (more…)
Images (graphics, illustrations, photographs, etc.) are visual representations; they help convey ideas and concepts. Research has shown that humans are better at retaining information communicated in images than in text. The formats in which images have been created have evolved over the centuries, from static images on cave walls, papyrus, paper, photographic and radiographic film to two- and three-dimensional dynamic computerized images. The mechanisms for delivering, storing and retrieving the images have evolved as well. From our digital cameras and cell phones, we can download images to web servers, PDAs, MP3 players, or attach them to e-mail messages. We can go to the Internet to search, access and download digitized or “born-digital” images. We no longer have to rely on printed books, magazines nor travel to far away places to view and appreciate prehistoric cave paintings (http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/arcnat/lascaux/en/).