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Elsevier Biofuel Becomes Elsevier BioSource
As many of our clients begin to expand their research and product development efforts beyond biofuel to encompass more bio-based chemicals and other (co)products, the time has come for Elsevier Biofuel to evolve and grow alongside its partners.
After long deliberation and consultation with our clients and stakeholders, we have decided to change our name to Elsevier BioSource.
We would like to thank our clients and partners who kindly participated in our extensive evaluation process, which helped us select a name that we feel is ultimately more reflective of our value and the kind of partner we aspire to be for our customers – as a trusted source of information that supports both business and scientific decisionmaking for all bio-based product research and development.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we undergo the necessary updates to reflect this change.
Elsevier BioSource Product News – Taxonomy Update
We are pleased to announce the expansion of the Elsevier BioSource Taxonomy (previously called the Elsevier Biofuel Technology Tree) to include substantially more terms, synonyms and related concepts. These additions help our clients to find more relevant research and ensure that they don't overlook important insights that impact their decisions. Based on ongoing feedback from clients and subject-matter experts, we have expanded our taxonomy to include more feedstock types, fermentation techniques, conversion processes, and high value outputs including bio-based chemicals and other materials.
We have more than doubled the number of:
- Downstream processing techniques including thermochemical hydroprocessing techniques;
- Fermentation processes;
- Bio-based chemicals and substances;
- Companies, partners and other entities active in bio-based research and product development.
Elsevier BioSource appreciates the ongoing feedback from clients who support our efforts to ensure our taxonomy remains relevant and up-to-date.
Commonly Asked Questions About The Elsevier BioSource Taxonomy
WHY A TAXONOMY?
The Elsevier BioSource Taxonomy is a hierarchically structured classification of over a million terms, synonyms and related concepts in diverse scientific disciplines. The taxonomy helps users navigate and find required information in continually evolving scientific disciplines as well as in unfamiliar scientific fields of study. Our taxonomy is maintained by in-house subject-matter experts who use the feedback of our clients to ensure the taxonomy reflects the most up-to-date terminology and concepts.
HOW DOES TAXONOMY SEARCHING DIFFER FROM REGULAR SEARCH?
A taxonomy augments regular search by ensuring that information is found in addition to the search terms entered in a query. By defining hierarchical relations and synonyms, search queries can be broadened to include synonyms and related content of the core search term. This feature helps users ensure that they are not overlooking information found in documents that mentioned related concepts. For example, a search for the term "algae" provides users the ability to automatically include other related terms, such as "phytoplankton" and other specific species of algae like "cholorophyta" within the search query. Thus, there are additional results returned from those sources that only mentioned "phytoplankton" or "cholorophyta" within the text that would have not been returned by searching only for "algae".
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- You find the search terms that optimize search results in continually evolving scientific disciplines,
- Your search is exhaustive by providing the option to include synonyms and narrower terms that impact the number of relevant results you receive, and
- You can browse the taxonomy to find search terms outside your area of expertise or discover ideas that help focus your search query.
We welcome any feedback on missing relevant terms! Contact Us with your thoughts, questions or any other terms that you feel we are missing. We'd be pleased to connect you with one of our in-house specialists to discuss your suggestion.