Scopus Selected by the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ) to Analyze German and International Research to Establish Government Funding Policies

Citation Database to Be Used in New Competence Centre for Bibliometrics

Amsterdam, 19 March 2009 – Elsevier announced today that its flagship product Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, was chosen by the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ) to be used in the development of its new German Competence Centre for Bibliometrics. The iFQ is a scientific institute that was created by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) to focus on assessing Germany’s funding programs, and analyzing their global impact.

The Competence Centre is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF). The centre’s goals are to set up a bibliometric database and develop checked bibliometric methods and indicators that meet today’s requirements in reliability and validity. Scopus data and other bibliographic datasets will be used to quantify German research output and evaluate the impact it is having on the global scientific landscape. This insight will allow for a better understanding of how local researchers, institutions and funding agencies perform in areas key to German science policy and will ultimately be used to identify excellence and weakness within the German research system.

“Among other data sources we will work with Scopus for the depth and international breadth of its citation database,” said Professor Stefan Hornbostel of iFQ. “The analytical capabilities that the content provides will help us achieve our mission of supporting the German science system with carefully examined and relevant information feeding into policies that will allow Germany to continue to be a global scientific leader.”

“We are excited to be a part of the iFQ’s new German Competence Centre for Bibliometrics,” said Niels Weertman, Director of Scopus for Elsevier. “Making the right investment decisions is an integral part of achieving scientific breakthroughs and we are confident we can deliver valuable insight through Scopus.”

Information about the German Competence Centre for Bibliometrics is available at www.bibliometrie.info.

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About the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (iFQ)
The Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance (Institut für Forschungsinformation und Qualitätssicherung, iFQ) is mainly funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG) as a "central research facility". The institute is designed as a scientific institution that initially concentrated on the evaluation of DFG’s funding programs. The German Competence Centre for Bibliometrics is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF). For more information about iFQ please visit http://www.forschungsinfo.de.

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 was designed and developed with over 500 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 directly integrates Web and patent searches. 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 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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