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Ringgold’s new subject taxonomy

12 Mar 2013

Ringgold has announced the publication of its new subject taxonomy, Ringgold Subjects, which is being considered for adoption by COUNTER for use in classifying journals for the Journal Usage Factor (JUF).

Ringgold has engaged with its customers to develop a suitable and granular subject taxonomy to classify the subject interests of institutions over the last year. The research and consultation with publishers has resulted in a subject taxonomy that meets publishers' needs in mapping their content to the subject interests of institutions.

COUNTER has been developing the Journal Usage Factor since 2007 in consultation with industry leaders, and with publishers participating in a number of project phases. The draft code of compliance for the JUF is available on the COUNTER website for the purpose of public consultation.

Peter Shepherd, COUNTER Director, said, "We have explored a number of subject taxonomies for the classification of journals within the JUF and have found Ringgold's Subjects to be the best fit, with the most international approach, widest coverage and least geographical bias."

Ringgold will be applying the Ringgold Subjects to its institutional database of over 350,000 institutional entities, by assessing their products, services, research interests and departmental structure. This is part of a larger re-classification of Ringgold’s Identify database that will be rolled out in phases over the next two years. The subject element of the re-classification has been published on the Ringgold website and is openly available for use by all.

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