Allows users to see a detailed analysis of authors and subscribers of a journal, or set of journals, using precisely defined definitions of the “publishing institutions” to which those authors and subscribers belong.

Philadelphia, PA USA, London UK – March 25, 2008. Thomson Scientific, a leading provider of information solutions to the worldwide research and business communities, and Ringgold, Inc. have announced the availability of Journal Analysis Database Expanded (JADE), which allows users to see a detailed analysis of authors and subscribers of a journal, or set of journals, using precisely defined definitions of the “publishing institutions” to which those authors and subscribers belong.

Created to ensure accurate records for each publishing institution, JADE leverages the journal analysis capabilities of Thomson Scientific and combines them with Ringgold’s OpenIdentify database to offer a powerful disambiguation tool at the institutional level.

“A major issue for publishers, libraries and universities around the world has been the difficulty of uniquely and appropriately identifying an institution and its relationships with its subsidiaries – libraries, departments, campuses, or offices,” said Jim Pringle, vice president of product development at Thomson Scientific. “Thomson Scientific, with the support of Ringgold, Inc., is proud to provide a solution that will provide clarity in this area and a foundation for analytical services that will benefit not only individual institutions but the industry as a whole.”

Ringgold’s OpenIdentify database includes nearly 100,000 institutions that subscribe to academic journals. Each institution is given a Ringgold Identifier, a unique number used by publishers and other vendors to unambiguously identify their customers and support the journal supply chain. Communication between subscribers, agents, publishers, distributors and hosting services is simplified by the use of a single number which can be tracked at any point.

“Nearly 40 publishers already use Ringgold’s OpenIdentify database to organize their customer information and to search for prospects,” said Helen Henderson, Managing Director of Ringgold, Ltd. “However, they also wanted the ability to integrate their citation data more closely into their internal systems and to use that data in prospecting, packaging and journal development. We are delighted to be working with Thomson Scientific to provide these enhanced services to our clients that can help them extend their business.”

JADE will initially be a custom product tailored to the individual requirements of publishers or institutions. The client will receive a custom database which pulls together all the institutions that have authored, cited, or been cited by journal title or ISI subject category. The power of the Ringgold structure brings together all records for an individual institution, regardless of the name and address in the author data, and allows publisher clients easy comparison of this data with structured and disambiguated subscriber data.

“We have been working with Ringgold for over five years and the JADE product will be a hugely important tool for us at Oxford University Press,” said Richard Gedye, Research Director at Oxford Journals. “The correct identification of our customers, their organization and structure is invaluable for customer support and marketing. The easy addition and integration of the citation data from JADE will make our operations even more effective.”

For more information, please contact:
Susan Besaw, +1 215 823 1840

About Thomson Scientific

Thomson Scientific is a provider of information solutions that assist professionals at every stage of research and development – from discovery to analysis to product development and distribution. Thomson Scientific is part of The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com), a global leader in providing essential electronic workflow solutions to business and professional customers. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research and healthcare. Thomson Scientific information solutions can be found at scientific.thomson.com

About Ringgold

Ringgold is based in Beaverton, OR and Bristol, England. Its mission is to help publishers and software vendors improve their marketing and reduce their costs in supplying products and services within the Information industry. Ringgold’s two branded services are OpenIdentify – providing unique identification of organizations subscribing to electronic journals, and OpenRFP – providing an online eProcurement system where software vendors present functions to libraries that use the information for creating RFIs or requests for tender.  www.ringgold.com