Forschungszentrum Jülich Selects Scopus Custom Data for Global and Regional Analysis

Amsterdam, 11 January, 2010 - Elsevier announced today that Scopus Custom Data, the underlying source of Scopus.com, the world’s largest abstract and citation (A&C) database, was selected by Forschungszentrum Jülich, one of the largest research centers in Europe, to calculate global reference values at subject and country levels.

Forschungszentrum Jülich is a member of the Helmholtz Association, Germany's largest scientific organization in terms of staff and budget. Forschungszentrum Jülich is the only research institute of its kind within the Helmholtz Association that conducts bibliometric analysis and works with raw data, a primary reason for the partnership between Elsevier and Jülich. They found that the breadth of content in Scopus allowed for more German and international literature from a single data source to be captured, thereby providing the broadest content coverage. Scopus currently covers 1,326 active German titles.

“The Central Library of Forschungszentrum Jülich undertakes bibliometric analyses for scientific managers and heads of institutes in order to evaluate scientific output. By installing Scopus locally, we intend to benefit from more precise searches and to make the most of using worldwide bibliometric comparisons as a benchmark,” said Dr. Bernhard Mittermaier, Head of the Central Library. “Another benefit of a local database installation is that it enables error checking of the data at the same time. Overall, we believe this will help us to further refine bibliometrics at Jülich.”

“We are very proud to be collaborating with an institution of the stature of Forschungszentrum Jülich,” stated Niels Weertman, Director, Performance & Planning and Collaboration Tools for Elsevier. “Scopus custom data continues to set the research standard and we look forward to working with Jülich to improve the method of bibiliometric analysis.”

Jülich is one of many similar institutions around the world that are now using Scopus data as an authoritative data source for research performance measurement including the Australian Research Council, and more recently the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

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About Forschungszentrum Jülich: 
Forschungszentrum Jülich pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research on solving the grand challenges facing society in the fields of health, energy and the environment, and also information technologies. In combination with its two key competencies – physics and supercomputing – work at Jülich focuses on both long-term, fundamental and multidisciplinary contributions to science and technology as well as on specific technological applications. With a staff of about 4400, Jülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the largest research centres in Europe.

About Scopus.com and Scopus Custom Data
Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus.com is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from 18,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web and patent searches directly from its clean and simple interface. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit http://www.info.scopus.com

Scopus Custom Data provides research agencies, institutions and government bodies with customized datasets in XML format for large-scale research performance analysis. Scopus Custom Data extracts Scopus core records in accordance to each customer’s individual specifications, such as date range, subject categories and geographic location. The XML data can then be loaded by customers into their proprietary in-house systems, making it possible for them to run their specific search queries and execute their own analytical techniques; providing the analyst with the freedom to formulate their own reports. It empowers them to make well-informed, unbiased resource allocation and policy making decisions.

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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