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is a rapid alerting service database from the Institute for Scientific Information
The Institute for Scientific Information was founded by Eugene Garfield in 1960. It was acquired by Thomson Scientific & Healthcare in 1992, became known as Thomson ISI and now is part of the Healthcare & Science business of the multi-billion dollar Thomson Reuters Corporation.ISI offered...
, now part of Thomson Reuters
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, that is published online and in several different printed subject sections.
was first published in paper format, in a single edition devoted only to biology and medicine. Other subject editions were added later. Initially, it consisted simply of a reproduction of the title pages from several hundred major peer-reviewed
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s, and was published weekly, with the issues containing title pages from journal issues only a few weeks previously, a shorter time lag than any service then available. There was an author index and a crude keyword subject index only. Author addresses were provided so readers could send reprint requests for copies of the actual articles.
Still published in print, it is presently available as one of the databases included in Thomson's ISI Web of Knowledge with daily updates, and also through other database aggregators.
The following different editions exist:
- Current Contents Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Sciences
- Current Contents Arts and Humanities
- Current Contents Clinical Practice
- Current Contents Engineering , Technology, and Applied Sciences
- Current Contents Life Sciences
- Current Contents Physical Chemical and Earth Sciences
- Current Contents Social & Behavioral Sciences