Elsevier Launches CiteAlert

A new research tool for authors

Amsterdam, 28 January 2009 – Elsevier, the world’s leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services is pleased to announce the launch of CiteAlert. CiteAlert is a new, free, unique and automated service to notify authors when their articles are cited in an Elsevier journal.

CiteAlert was piloted one year ago and after carrying out extensive research and user testing, this new user-friendly service is now in use. CiteAlert automatically notifies authors by e-mail soon after their work is referenced in a newly published article in an Elsevier journal. Authors are eligible to receive CiteAlert notifications if their article has been indexed by Scopus, the largest citation database of research literature.

Weekly CiteAlert notifications are sent to authors of cited articles. Notifications include single cited articles or articles which have been highly cited. Some very popular articles are cited up to 50 times a week. Cited authors benefit as their research is recognized by others in their area of research. In retrospect, focus is given to the citing author and their written article. Self-citations are not included.

During the pilot, 50% of the citing authors indicated that the research described in the citing article was new to them and relevant in their research. Since its launch reactions received from authors have been positive.

“When researchers have their work cited in peer-reviewed journals, the benefits can be substantial. Not only do the researchers gain professional recognition and exposure for their work, they can gain insight into how their research has influenced the work of other researchers” commented Bernard Aleva, Senior Vice President Innovation & Product Development. “This insight, in turn, can advance their research and lead to valuable new collaborations. These opportunities are often missed; with thousands of journals available, authors don’t always find out when they’ve been cited and by which articles. CiteAlert will contribute to solving this problem.”

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About CiteAlert
CiteAlert is a service which automatically notifies authors by email when their work is referenced by a newly published article. It is completely new and unique service from Elsevier. Authors will receive a CiteAlert soon after their work is cited, provided that the relevant journal is being indexed by Scopus. Scopus is the largest citation database of research literature indexing 16,000 journals from more than 4,000 publishers.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence, and ClinicalKey — and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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