Scopus Launches Scopus Custom Data; a New Product for Research Analysis


 Introducing specified datasets in XML format to enable large-scale research performance analysis

Amsterdam – May 16, 2007 – Scopus®, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research, today announced the launch of their new product Scopus Custom Data. Research agencies, institutions and government bodies will now be able to order customized datasets in XML format for large-scale research performance analysis. It will empower them to make well-informed, unbiased resource allocation and policy making decisions.

In line with Scopus' strategy to deliver research performance measurement tools, Scopus can now fulfill the needs of policy makers and administrators at all levels of the organization for high level evaluation reporting through Scopus Custom Data. The initial steps were to create tools and functionalities within Scopus for author and research evaluation, which has now grown to include this endeavor to support large-scale research performance measurement.

Scopus Custom Data will extract 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.

"The XML data from Scopus has allowed Academic Analytics to perform the most comprehensive research performance analysis because of its breadth of content and its clean structure" said Mark Shay, CEO Academic Analytics. "Having the ability to control and work with Scopus’ rich data is imperative to our product offering and competitive goals."

Organizations wanting to make unbiased policy decisions can benefit from the international and regional content Scopus offers. It will provide them with the most comprehensive global research perspective through its 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from 4,000 different publishers, covering: 15 million records that increase by at least 1.5 million records annually, 27 subject categories with over 300 subject classifications, and 245 million references back to 1996.

Additionally, Scopus Custom Data will enhance the analysis process with its accurate citation matching intrinsic to Scopus. This includes reference matching at 99% precision and 98% recall, making the Scopus citations counts highly reliable. Moreover, the clean, rich and structured data will save time and streamline the analysis.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to offer Scopus Custom Data to academic institutions and government agencies" says Jaco Zijlstra, Director Scopus, "this will enable analysts to analyze research performance with the most unbiased and accurate data geared specifically to their research needs."

To find out more information regarding Scopus Custom Data, please visit: http://customdata.scopus.com or send an e-mail to: customdata@scopus.com.

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About Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus is designed and developed with over 300 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 15,000 peer reviewed journals from 4,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web & 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 www.info.scopus.com.

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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