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What is Elsevier BioSource?

Elsevier BioSource is a web-based information discovery tool that combines content and search technology to ensure that professionals active in developing and bringing to market bio-based fuel, chemicals, plastics, and other materials don't overlook information that can impact their efforts.

Elsevier BioSource's content encompasses extensive and reliable information, including peer-reviewed journals and books, as well as patent and web sources, across multiple scientific disciplines. Elsevier BioSource also offers in-depth indexing and powerful search tools to ensure that you can quickly and easily find the answers you are looking for.

Elsevier BioSource indexes full-text articles from ScienceDirect and abstracts from Scopus. (Scopus includes publishers beyond Elsevier.)
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What are the main benefits of Elsevier BioSource?

Elsevier BioSource combines content and search technology so that you can quickly zero in on the information that matters, while being confident that you haven't overlooked any information that will impact business development opportunities or new bio-based products brought to market.

Why is the Elsevier BioSource Taxonomy significant? What does it mean for me as a user of the tool?

The Elsevier BioSource Taxonomy is a hierarchically structured classification of over a million terms, synonyms, and narrow concepts in diverse scientific disciplines to index the database. The taxonomy guides and structures your search to ensure that you can:

  • Find the right search terms in continually evolving scientific disciplines,
  • Exhaust your search (by providing the option to include synonyms and related terminology that impact the number of relevant results you receive), and
  • Refine and filter your search to ensure that you quickly find the most specific results.

If I have ScienceDirect, do I need Elsevier BioSource?

Yes, Elsevier BioSource has significant additional value to current ScienceDirect users because it offers scientific literature and patent information currently not available through ScienceDirect. Additionally, the Elsevier BioSource Taxonomy and full-text indexing ensures even shared information has increased discoverability on Elsevier BioSource. This translates into more relevant results that match your query, and less chance of overlooking information that may impact your research.

Elsevier BioSource content and search technology not currently available via ScienceDirect:

  • 2,300 ebooks on a variety of subjects spanning the complete bio-based domain, such as genetic engineering, chemical engineering, process upscaling and alternative energy regulation and policy;
  • Over 9,000 journal titles from more than 1,500 international publishers, including ACS, Nature, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, Cell Press, and Science Press;
  • Over 130,000 (technical) reports, white papers, conference publications etc. of the US Department of Energy (DOE);
  • 17 years of patent backfiles from 4 major patent offices: the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), The Japan Patent Office (JPO), and the European Patent Office (EPO). The site is updated weekly and contains records from 1996-present.

If I have Scopus, do I need Elsevier BioSource?

Yes, Scopus users value the additional search results returned by Elsevier BioSource and the fully integrated view of the technology and patent literature.

The additional search results are provided by a combination of Elsevier BioSource Taxonomy (including synonyms and narrow search terms) and the full-text indexing, which extends beyond abstracts to provide experimental details, conclusions, and patent claims, etc. These extra search features help you find technology and competitor insights more easily than on Scopus. For instance, a search on "bio-based chemical" and "lignocellulosic biomass" using Elsevier BioSource doubles the number of results found by Scopus.

How does Elsevier BioSource help me to identify whitespace within my field?

Elsevier BioSource's Compare feature is an analysis tool that provides users with a quick and thorough method to review the patent and scientific literature landscape simultaneously, so that you can identify whitespace over feedstocks, technologies, processes, etc. Simply enter the terms you are interested in evaluating and analyze the number of research and patent documents that relate to your search. Save your query to be alerted as soon as new developments occur within your field of interest.

How current is Elsevier BioSource?

New records are added to Elsevier BioSource once a week, with an average of 34,000 records added a day and over 1,800,000 records added each year.

How is Elsevier BioSource indexed?

Elsevier BioSource indexes its content full-text, which helps you uncover more research pertaining to your query.

How does Elsevier BioSource help me to identify relevant information?

Ranking: Elsevier BioSource ranks the search results by relevance. The relevance is determined by ranking rules that include the location of search terms (title, abstract, conclusion, claims, etc.), word proximity, and word order. These rules ensure that the documents found match your search query as closely as possible.

Less reading, more information: Most information discovery platforms require users to determine the relevance of a search result from very limited information, forcing scientists to waste time downloading and scanning the many documents that may hold the answer to their questions. This means significant time lost during the literature review stage, or, worst case scenario, a limited or hurried review that may result in poor decision-making due to overlooked information.

Elsevier BioSource collects the most relevant sentences from the full text that matches your search, ranks them, and compiles them within the summary view of each search result, with the keywords highlighted. This is an extremely efficient way to quickly select only the documents you need, so you don't waste time or overlook a critical patent or technology insight.

As a default, search results are sorted according to relevance, but you can choose to switch to sort by date (from newest to oldest or vice versa).



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