UK Higher Education Funding Bodies Choose Elsevier’s SciVerse Scopus as Data Provider for 2014 Research Excellence Framework

Support for institutions and panels provided throughout the process

London, September 19, 2011 –The four UK Higher Education Funding Bodies (representing England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) will use Elsevier’s SciVerse Scopus database as the sole bibliometric provider for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The Framework was developed to assess the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. 

“Our role is to make the REF process easier for institutions and assessment panels, providing them with robust data to assess research”, said Niels Weertman, Vice President of SciVal at Elsevier. “Besides bibliometric services, both the submission and assessment processes will be supported by dedicated tools and helpdesk services at Elsevier.” 

The team at Elsevier will provide automated matching between submitted publications and their associated metadata and citations in the Scopus database. This will be updated in real time, to assure that the maximum number of citations are counted. Assessment panels who have opted to use bibliometric data will be provided with citation information, as well as contextual information (i.e. the article is in the top 10% of cited articles) within each specific field.

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About SciVerse Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, SciVerse 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. SciVerse Scopus was designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 18,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, SciVerse 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.

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.

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