Major Updates to Non-Patent Literature Searching on Thomson Innovation

[tweetmeme source=”Intellogist” only_single=false] Thomson Innovation is an important subscription-based patent search system created by Thomson Reuters, and Release 3.5 of the system was recently announced in August 2012.  This system update includes a number of improvements to patent search and alert options, such as the ability to include DWPI and INPADOC family information in alerts and major enhancements to legal status searching in the Native Japanese Patent collection.  The 3.5 release also includes multiple updates to the Scientific Literature section of Thomson Innovation, which we’ll take a closer look at in this post.  The Scientific Literature collection now contains broader coverage due to the expansion of Web of Science content back to 1898. Search enhancements include new literature search fields, and stopwords are no longer blocked from queries in the non-patent literature search forms.  Result sets for the scientific literature searches now include additional sorting and filtering options, and more full-text article linking, ordering, and document delivery options are available through result sets and full record views.  Finally, enhancements were made to analysis tools for scientific literature content.

Continue reading for a full list of updates to the scientific literature coverage, search, viewing, and analysis tools on Thomson Innovation!

The Thomson Innovation help file lists the Scientific Literature Enhancements from August 2012 (as well as changes to existing processes/work flows based on these enhancements):

  • Deeper Web of Science Content – Web of Science coverage is extended from the current 20 year rolling back file to include nearly 100 years of additional content with access back to 1898.  Enhanced coverage includes citation information back to 1900.
  • Full Text Article Linking, Ordering, and Document Delivery– The full text of thousands of scientific literature articles is now available from within your Thomson Innovation work flows and accessible through our document delivery process. Full text articles available through Custom Journals Sets, Open Access Publications, and purchasable PDF are present on both result sets and records. Additionally, OpenURL links and references are available whenever enabled.
    • Open Access Publications – All literature subscribers have automatic access to the full text of over 1,000 (free) open access publications.
    • Custom Journal Sets – Full text articles from all Custom Journal Sets your company configures (from journals subscribed to) can be made available.
    • PDF Links –  PDFs of articles not available via free/subscribed links can be purchased. The option can be disabled by your administrator.
    • OpenURL – If your company utilizes OpenURL technology, the full-text documents, electronic resources, and services your company subscribes to are available. If your company has a relationship with Infotrieve, OpenURL links can be configured to access those articles also.

    These icons appear beside literature results in Thomson Innovation to indicate the availability of full-text options. (Image from the Thomson help file.)

  • Enhanced Ability to Analyze Literature Content – Themescape and Charts record limits for literature results have been increased to 15,000 records, and Text Clustering record limit is increased to 10,000 records. Literature work file limits are now 15,000 to accommodate the increase in limits in analysis capabilities. Exporting of the top 1,500 records in a result set or work file is now possible without having to reduce the number of records in the result set. Finally, new fields in Charts include Funding Agency, Standardized Subject Category, Organization, Country/Territory (Replaces Country of Publication), and IPC (Inspec only).
  • New Literature Search Fields
    •  Funding Acknowledgement/Agency – For Web of Science and Conference Proceedings only.
    • Standardized Subject Category  – Finds articles based on a single standardized subject category across multiple databases.
    • IPC (International Patent Classification)  – For Inspec only.
    • Conference Information – Now searchable in Web of Science (in addition to Conference Proceedings).
  • Watched Records for Citation Changes – You can now ask to be notified when a document citing your target record is added to the database. Watched records are not available to Inspec-only literature subscribers.
  • Result Set Enhancements
    • Ascending and descending sort order is now available for Processing Date, Author, Source, Publication Date, and Times Cited (and can be set as your default in Preferences).
    • Publication Date and Processing Date have been disambiguated and can be separately selected for result set sort order. Processing Date is now the default sort order.
    • The full Publication Date (as opposed to the Publication Year) is now a default result set field.
    • New fields available for filtering on your result set: Organization, Standardized Subject Category (now a default filter field, can be changed in preferences), Publication Year, Funding Agency, Country/Territory.
  • Authors Linked to Organization Addresses in Record View and Exports – An Organization Address on a record view or in an export now shows which authors (from that article/paper) are associated with which address. The author names are (as in the Author field) linked to generate a result set of all works by that author.
  • Stopwords No Longer Blocked from Queries – Previously, you were required to honor a lengthy list of stopwords when creating your literature queries. Effective with the August 2012 release, stopwords, with the exception of words used as operators (AND, OR, NOT, SAME, and NEAR), no longer need to be avoided or enclosed in quotes. See a full list of stopwords that previously had to be honored but can now be used freely in queries here.


Thomson Innovation is know for its patent search and analysis capabilities, but users can also locate valuable non-patent literature (NPL) prior art through the Thomson Innovation interface. The enhancements listed above for the scientific literature section of Thomson Innovation indicate that Thomson Reuters continues to develop a well-rounded prior art search system which includes both patent and NPL search options. Professional patent searchers can utilize the Thomson Innovation interface as one of many resources for NPL searching during a prior art search.

Do you utilize Thomson Innovation for non-patent literature searches?  Tell us about your experiences with the system in the comments section!

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This post was contributed by Joelle Mornini. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company Landon IP, a major provider of patent searches, trademark searches, technical translations, and information retrieval services.


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