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ScholarOne Awarded Two Patents for Innovative Technology Behind Web-Based Solutions


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Thomson Business Receives Patents for Innovative Business Processes That Serve as the Basis for Capstone Products Manuscript Central™, Abstract Central® and Proceedings Central™

Philadelphia, PA and London -- ScholarOne, a Thomson business, today announced that it has been awarded two United States patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for business processes related to managing and reviewing documents -- the backbone of ScholarOne's innovative web-based solutions, including Manuscript Central, Abstract Central and Proceedings Central.

The two patents, United States Patent 7,257,767 ("System and method for publishing documents") and United States Patent 7,263,655 ("System and method for publishing manuscripts") were issued in August 2007.

"We decided to pursue these patents because we believe the processes behind ScholarOne products are the most advanced in the industry, helping make our products the most configurable, comprehensive, easy-to-use online submission and review systems available," said Keith MacGregor, Executive Vice President of Thomson Scientific's Academic & Government Market. "We see the grant of these patents as proof positive that ScholarOne products are unique offerings with unique infrastructures. They are in a class by themselves."

Manuscript Central is an innovative, web-based, database-driven peer review and online submission program for scholarly publishers. Manuscript Central automates manuscript submission to journals and allows for easy administrative, editing and reviewing capabilities, so its customers can focus on content, not on process. With more than 180 societies and publishers, 2,400 books and journals, 70,000 monthly submissions and 5 million registered users, Manuscript Central is the proven industry leader.

Abstract Central is a web-based application designed to provide meetings with secure, complete, cost-effective solutions for abstract submission, peer review, program creation, publishing output and administrative control. Proceedings Central complements Abstract Central by supporting the submission of abstracts and full papers for conference proceedings.

For more information about ScholarOne products, visit www.scholarone.com.

About ScholarOne, Inc.

ScholarOne, Inc. (www.scholarone.com) provides comprehensive workflow management systems for scholarly journals, books, and conferences. Its Web- based applications enable publishers to manage the submission, peer review, production, and publication processes more efficiently, increasing their profile among authors, decreasing time-to-market for critical scientific data, and lowering infrastructure costs. The Manuscript Central user base has grown to 2.6 million registered users worldwide. The clients of ScholarOne include prestigious nonprofit societies, university presses, government agencies, and the world's leading commercial publishers. The company's headquarters are in Charlottesville, VA. Other locations include Washington, D.C., Cypress, Calif., and London.

About The Thomson Corporation

The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com) is 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. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges.

Thomson Scientific is a business of The Thomson Corporation. Its information solutions assist professionals at every stage of research and development-from discovery to analysis to product development and distribution. Thomson Scientific information solutions can be found at www.scientific.thomson.com.



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