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Scopus touches base with publishers at the London Book Fair

Each April the London Book Fair presents a great opportunity for Elsevier’s Publishing Relations team to catch up with all the third party publishers that make their content available to Scopus.

Meeting face-to-face with these publishers provides a wonderful chance to show them how Scopus is evolving, how their content is accepted and represented in Scopus, and to discuss ongoing business.

During last week’s 3-day Book Fair, we sat down with publishers such as Springer, Oxford University Press, Wiley Blackwell and Taylor & Francis to provide them with an update on their books being included in Scopus.

Furthermore, we talked to publishers who potentially wish to join this successful books initiative as well as those who wish to participate in other ongoing Scopus initiatives, like the journal archives and the cited references expansion project.

All in all, a most enjoyable and very fruitful visit!


  This post was contributed by:

  Merel Baazil

  Assistant Publishing Relations Manager, Elsevier



  Chrome 42 issues with Scopus Document Download Manager

Chrome 42 issues with Scopus Document Download Manager

The latest version of Chrome, version 42, has switched the Java plugin off by default. If you have upgraded to Chrome 42 and you are unable to download documents on Scopus please follow the steps below to reactivate the Java plugin. This is a temporary solution while we work on a better long term solution. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Enabling NPAPI in Chrome to download documents with DDM

1. Type “chrome://flags/#enable-npapi” into the Chrome address bar.

2. Click the “Enable” link under ‘Enable NPAPI’:

3. Restart Chrome.

4. Open , make a search, on the search results page select documents to download, click “Download”.

5. Though NPAPI is enabled, Java plug-in maybe blocked as under:

6. If so, click on the Yellow block & the following will show up:

7. Select the 1st radio-button “Always allow plug-ins on”:

8. Click “Done”.

You can begin to download documents now.

For more information see:

NPAPI Plugin information

Chrome 42 java plugin disabled


  Case Study: Scopus improves product development outcomes

Scopus is the choice of preference for more than 3,000 academic, government and corporate institutions. This is what James, a research pathologist for a medical device manufacturer who works with Scopus on a regular basis, told us about his experience.

James is an experienced research pathologist for a medical device manufacturer, busy with at least 10 projects at any given time. His contribution to product development ranges from shaping early stage proof-of-concept work to preparations for submission to regulatory authorities. The common denominator for him is to understand disease states and product impacts on the body.

James spends about 20% of his time on large, breakthrough innovation projects on a team dedicated to uncovering new ideas. The product innovation process starts with discussing approaches and capabilities for addressing a problem. James and his team then gather input from industry opinion leaders as well as physicians and surgeons treating the disease or injury state.

Literature review plays the important role of anchoring the team to current science and sizing the potential market. “Scopus just helps us know that we are going in the right direction,” James says. “We view a lot of literature to see what, if anything, people have done in the past. And we also have to predict the market, so we know if it’s going to be a small or large population.”

James relies on Elsevier’s Scopus two to three times a week as he works across multiple teams and projects. For him, Scopus is an efficient, time-saving way to get up to speed and identify what others have done to address the problem: “Scopus helps me to get familiar with different models and what people are thinking,” he explains. “It helps me to quickly build a basis to make a decision on next steps and prepare us for more extensive literature searches as we go through the process and approach submission to regulatory authorities and a complete launch. It quickly delivers the basics that we need to understand things.”

“Speed is very important. Many of the questions I receive must be answered right away or at least the next day. So I need something to base the answer on,” James says. “Scopus is nice because it’s linked to any journals we have rights to, so we can pull up a full article online… I can easily identify what I think I need to know, read it, digest it, and move on to the next one.”

  Transforming intelligent research into Research Intelligence

Not only is Scopus the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature; it is also the backbone of Elsevier Research Intelligence (ERI) solutions, including SciVal and Analytical services.

A comprehensive portfolio of research management solutions, Elsevier Research Intelligence enables you to assess research strengths and make informed decisions at each stage of the research lifecycle.

To find out more about Elsevier’s solutions for research management, check out our newly released video.

Learn more about ERI products and services

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  Get deeper insights from your Scopus search results with SciVal’s new release

SciVal’s April release brings with it a number of improvements to help you analyze more deeply and share your work more easily with your institutional peers, further enhancing the seamless integration between Scopus and SciVal.

Some of the new enhancements include:

  • Get instant performance snapshots of your Publication Sets in the Overview module, including the ones that you can create using your Scopus search results

  • Further analyze the Publication Set to see the top researchers, institutions, publications and more

  • Analyze the impact of the Publication Set in the Benchmarking module

  • Easily view the performance of any Scopus journal classification

To learn more about the release, register now for one of the free webinars:

SciVal April Release 2015 - APAC & EMEA Session Register

SciVal April Release 2015 - EMEA & Americas Session Register

  Scopus Content update: 75,000 book titles and counting

"If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads." — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims (1876), Quotation and Originality.

With more than 75,000 additional book titles now indexed in Scopus (and another 45,000 planned for 2015), it is easier to uncover the bounty of literature supporting great intellect. 

The arts and humanities and social sciences represent more than 55% of the 75,000 titles (see graph below). Not surprising considering 80% of arts and humanities and social sciences output is published in books instead of journals (1).

Subject area coverage for Scopus book content
In a 2013 Research Trends article, Dr. Alesia Zuccala, an Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen, states that “the key to sustainability [for humanities research] is to develop relevant evaluation methods…”(2).  The expanding book coverage, combined with the strength of Scopus in bibliographic search, discoverability and evaluation tools, allows you to measure the impact and scholarly achievement of the humanities in a more quantitative way — filling a gap in evaluation methods.

The improved ability to create book-based citation analyses for evaluating research is a significant development across all disciplines. The resulting expansion of author data in Scopus can enhance an author’s profile and h-index — especially if you are an author whose primary method of disseminating information is through books rather than journals.  Likewise, for administrators, expanded metrics mean you can better evaluate disparate disciplines.

The role of books in science and technology is also growing, according to Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director of Elsevier Science and Technology Books, as they “tend to present a broader view of a particular subject, bring in diverse viewpoints on that subject, and treat the subject in an interdisciplinary way.” The additional book coverage means better ability to “use data and analytics to gain insights into the world’s research trends,” something Suzanne highlights as a key developing area of interest in a recent Elsevier Connect article (3).

In summary, there is a threefold impact to including quality book content in Scopus: It significantly increases subject area coverage for book-based disciplines, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration across subject areas, and fills a gap in evaluation methods.

Next time you run a search in Scopus or view an author’s profile, look for the increase in book content.

Video: Watch how book content in Scopus leads you to further insights and information, discover key influencers in your field and identify potential collaborators.

Public book list: View a list of which books are now included in Scopus.

About the data: Providing reliable metrics requires accurate data gathered from quality sources. The books selected and indexed in Scopus must undergo a rigorous selection process before they are added (as does all Scopus content). Once selected, the Scopus content team creates the metadata directly from the full text of a title. This ensures that only the most accurate data and citation information from quality books are used. Learn more about Scopus content policy and selection criteria.

This post was contributed by Susannah Beatty-Tucker and Susanne Steiginga
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  1. Linda Butler. Australian research output by field and publication category, Australian National University, 2007.
  2. Alesia Zuccala, “Evaluating the Humanities: vitalizing ‘the forgotten sciences’,” Research Trends, March 2013.
  3. Harald Boersma, “Elsevier leaders look at 2015 trends in STM publishing,” Elsevier Connect, March 2015.


  Scopus further increases interoperability with SciVal

Instantly evaluate Scopus results in SciVal

On March 25, Scopus added the ability to directly export a list of Scopus documents to SciVal, Elsevier’s benchmarking and analytics product,to enable further analysis.Available to users with access to both products, the ‘Scopus to SciVal export’ feature reduces the number of steps when using the two products together.

This new feature further increases the interoperability between Scopus and SciVal, both products within the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio.

Here is how the Scopus to SciVal export works:

Step 1: The user enters a search in Scopus.

Step 2: From the search result page, the user selects the desired documents and adds them to a temporary Scopus list,
by going to the 'More’ option and choosing ‘Add to My list’.


Step 3: From ‘My list’ in Scopus, the user will see the option to ‘Export a list to SciVal’.


Step 4: Once in ‘My list’ the user is able to export the temporary list by clicking on the ‘Export your list to SciVal’.
A pop-up screen will appear asking users if they want to ‘Continue to SciVal’. Selecting this automatically re-directs the user to SciVal.


Step 5: The user now has the option to save the Scopus results list in SciVal.


Step 6: Once saved, this list is automatically added to the ‘Publication Sets’ in the SciVal ‘Benchmarking’ module.
This module provides the user with advanced capabilities to perform further in-depth analysis using the exported Scopus results.In SciVal a ‘Publication Sets’ is a fixed set of publications, which is never automatically updated with new publications


Step 7: Should the user want to export the same set again, an option is given in Scopus to save the temporary list. 

Note: The Scopus ‘Export to SciVal’ option can export up to 2,000 documents and can only be used for post-1995 data.

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Release Date: 
March 25 2015

  Takeaways from the Times Higher Education MENA Universities Summit

Over the last year the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region has seen very exciting developments in terms of research growth. This was further established at the inaugural Times Higher Education MENA Universities Summit that was recently held in Doha, Qatar. M'hamed Aisati (Director Content & Analytics, Elsevier) was there to talk about Scopus content and the breadth of coverage in the region.

M'hamed’s presentation gave a broad overview of the interdisciplinary scientific information available in Scopus, while stressing the value of research metrics in order to assess efficiently ongoing research and current developments – an area where Scopus plays a key role given its breadth of content and focus on quality through content selection by the independent Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB).

M’hamed Aisati presenting about the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board

M’hamed Aisati presenting about the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board

A proof of concept for a top-30 MENA ranking was also presented by Phil Baty (editor at large, Times Higher Education), considering all universities within a country in the MENA region (including international branch campuses, e.g. Texas A&M University at Qatar) and all articles, reviews and conference papers published in the period 2009-2013 in all subject disciplines. The purpose of this proof of concept ranking (which focused solely on citation score) was to trigger debate and engage stakeholders at the conference to further discuss and share their feedback - which was exactly what followed.

Phil Baty at the summit opening

Phil Baty at the summit opening

  The pursuit of happiness

What does it mean to be happy? On an individual level, a career, a family, a social life, a home, a hobby, education and health could define happiness. Happiness has long been a holistic approach based on the fundamental idea that material and tangible gain must be balanced with emotional and social well-being.

The International Day of Happiness is March 20th and was declared a holiday by the United Nations to celebrate the happiness of individual nations across the globe. Countries looked at Gross National Product and realized that simply looking at the bottom line in terms of income doesn’t define the well-being of the country as a whole. Social and environmental considerations are equally as important.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network releases an annual report that measures the happiness of 150 nations around the world. According to the 2013 report, the five happiest nations are: Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Sweden.  According to the SDSN, there are six factors that had the highest impact on the results: Real GDP per capita, healthy life expectance, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity.

The global community brings focus today on happiness as a way to celebrate a sustainable, progressive future based on income, social, and environmental success. Happiness is such a priority across so many disciplines that a Scopus search using the word alone generates more than 15,000 results.

In terms of number of documents, the top five journal in our Scopus search for happiness were Social Indicators Research, Journal of Happiness Studies, Emotion, Cognition and Emotion, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The most popular article was, quite aptly, Positive psychology. An introduction. by Martin Seligman and Mihály Csikszentmihalyi (cited by 2688 documents).

Finding happiness may often seem an impossible task, yet it could be much simpler than we tend to think. As British mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell once wrote:

“The secret of happiness is very simply this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.”

  Total eclipse of the sun (and who’s studying it)

Day will turn into darkness on Friday, March 20 during a total solar eclipse - a phenomenon which occurs when the moon's apparent diameter is larger than the sun's, blocking all direct sunlight. But no need to alarm; totality will only have a maximum duration of 2 minutes 47 seconds off the coast of the Faroe Islands.

Looking at Scopus content related to solar eclipse from 1836 to the present, it is interesting to see how scientific output is spread across an array of different disciplines, stretching from astronomy and planetary sciences to engineering, medicine, and social sciences.

Carrying significant impact upon existing energy supplies, solar eclipses are being studied by researchers across the globe. Focusing on the scientific landscape for research area “solar eclipse” in SciVal, we had a look at the top countries and institutions over the last 5 years (2010-2015). In terms of scholarly output (as well as total number of views), the leading countries are US, India and UK with 198, 107 and 66 publications respectively.

Furthermore, the top 10 institutions are all based in either US or India (with the exception of Brno University of technology).

Getting ready

Make sure not to miss this year’s total solar eclipse as you may have to wait quite long before another opportunity arises (the next total solar eclipse visible in Europe will occur on August 12, 2026).

Also, make sure to prepare accordingly: do not look at the sun directly, avoid taking selfies with your camera phone, and read the instructions by the Royal Astronomical Society on how to observe an eclipse safely.

As to what would be the most fitting soundtrack for this rare occurrence? Depending on your musical taste and mood, you could choose from a variety of options ranging from Bonnie Tyler’s "Total Eclipse of the Heart" to Pink Floyd's "Eclipse", the closing track of their iconic The Dark Side of the Moon.