Elsevier’s SciVal Strata Selected to Assess Russia’s Research Performance

Moscow, November 4, 2013

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced it has reached an agreement with Russia's Ministry of Education and Science to provide access to SciVal Strata for the assessment of Russia's Research Performance. Access to SciVal Strata, a performance benchmarking tool within Elsevier's SciVal suite of research management solutions, builds on the Russian Government's previously granted access to Elsevier's SciVal Spotlight and Scopus.

Early 2013 the Russian Government launched a national research assessment program with the aim of identifying key areas for future investments in its research and development sector. With access to SciVal Strata, the experts at Russia's Federal Research and Consulting Center of Expertise, who are involved in the national research assessment, will be able to analyze the productivity of Russian scientists and research groups. These assessments will help the Ministry to effectively support the most fruitful researchers and research groups and stimulate new collaborations.

Mr. Ivan Sterligov, Director of The Center of Situational Analysis of the Federal Research and Consulting Center of Expertise said, "We plan to use SciVal Strata to compare research productivity of individual Russian researchers and research teams, not only on a national level, but also on a cross-border collaboration level. We plan to use the results of the analyses to replenish the pool of scientific experts for the Ministry of Education, to support the Ministry's grant decision-making process."

Igor Osipov, PhD, Elsevier Regional Director for Russia and Belarus said, "This national research assessment program proves the high level priority the Russian Government gives to investments in its research and development sector and its aim for alignment with research trends on a global scale. We are honored that SciVal Strata has been selected as a tool to help the government strategically analyze its research productivity."

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About Federal Research and Consulting Center of Expertise
The Federal Research and Consulting Center of Expertise is the Ministry's organization aiming to expertise scientific, technical and innovation projects and their results; to provide scientific and information support for the formation of science and technology priority directions; to support the activity of the Council for Grants of the President of the Russian Federation for young Russian scientists and leading scientific schools of Russia; to monitor of innovation infrastructure in Universities; to develop international and regional collaboration.

About Elsevier's SciVal
Built on Elsevier's 130-year heritage in the world of research, SciVal helps institutions make more informed decisions to drive research outcomes. Serving research institutions, funders and policy makers, our objective data and trusted solutions enable organizations to build their portfolios, optimize funding flows, assemble collaborative partnerships and manage research activities. Elsevier integrates institutional and external data sources with information from Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database, to provide innovative solutions including Pure, SciVal Experts, SciVal Funding, SciVal Spotlight, SciVal Strata and SciVal Analytics.

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 over 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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Elsevier, Russia
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