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Offering quick and easy access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide, SciVal provides unparalleled flexibility to define and create your own research areas. By enabling deeper analysis of these research areas, the new Trends module now allows you to spot research trends, discover top-performing countries, institutions, authors and journals, and compare them to the performance of your own research groups.
In addition to the regular citation and publication metrics in SciVal, the new Trends module incorporates usage data from ScienceDirect and Scopus. This data complements traditional citation metrics by exposing reading patterns, which can give an earlier indication of the popularity of research and help identify the rising stars of a specific topic. With the combination of publication and usage data along with SciVal's powerful analytic engine, the Trends module aims to help users answer the enormously diverse questions they face in the management and practice of research.
Sample search on cancer research during the past 3 years
Webinar and demo
To watch a demonstration of the new Trends module and learn more about the inclusion of usage metrics in SciVal, make sure to register for one of the two webinars taking place on Thursday, February 26:
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Case Study: Scopus supports innovation in diagnostic testing
Did you know that Scopus is used by more than 3,000 academic, government and corporate institutions? We had the chance to interview some of the corporate researchers who work with Scopus on a regular basis and asked them about their experience. This is the story of Chris, a biologist and an experienced research scientist in parasitology and virology.
In his current role as a regional head of R&D, Chris focuses on existing product support as well as ongoing evolution of tests that must detect antibodies and antigens as well as parasitic, bacterial or viral disease in livestock animals.
The breadth and functionality of Scopus searching allows Chris and his team to build on their initial search and follow references until they have a complete picture of the topic at hand: “For a new virus, we don’t know anything about it. We go to Scopus and type it in, see what we get. It’s like a snowball; you start with something, you get more information, you look at the references, build up your knowledge base and also learn the names of which groups are working on it.”
Chris and his team often take on rapid innovation projects in addition to their work on existing products. In one such case, the team needed to rapidly develop a test for a virus that had jumped continents and threatened a vulnerable livestock population. The broad overview of global, interdisciplinary scientific information available on Scopus helped them get up to speed by quickly identifying both relevant literature and a fellow researcher with whom to partner in calibrating data.
Chris explains: “Scopus was important in learning where else in the world people have similar issues with similar viruses. From literature we learned that similar viruses are important in Australia and China. We looked at which viruses are involved and what these countries are doing with them. Then we contacted the key opinion leaders in these areas to understand what’s needed and what they have already.”
Getting this information fast was crucial: “Scopus was very, very helpful because we were able to easily get this information – in this case which viruses are very close to the ones we were researching and which scientists are working on that. Scopus had a big impact, because without it, our decisions would have been delayed.”
Scopus Conference Expansion Program exceeds targets
We are happy to announce that the Scopus Conference Expansion Program (CEP) is now complete, exceeding its original goal with over 1,000 conference titles, 6,000 conference events and 400,000 conference papers newly covered in both Scopus and Ei Compendex. The Conference Expansion Program, which ran from 2011-2014, consistently focused on disciplines where the communication of findings at international meetings is especially important, primarily Computer Science and Engineering, boosting the citation levels of researchers in these fields.
Conference coverage currently represents around 15% of the content loaded in Scopus, where it provides an important additional component to the scientific literature. Besides filling gaps in the coverage of conference-oriented disciplines, the influx of CEP coverage helps users to monitor the emergence of new concepts in other subject areas, tracking their passage into formal research papers.
Covering the key period of 2005 to the present, the CEP content has been vetted for quality and relevance, and includes proceedings from the most scientifically credible serial and one-off global conferences. At the same time, the new conference-based content has also helped to broaden geographical conference coverage.
The CEP has been a key factor in decisions to select Scopus as the data source for national assessment exercise, further highlighting the superiority of Scopus’ coverage.
2014 – Scopus’ Year in Review
2014 was a banner year for Scopus featuring great releases, further content expansion for all content types and continuous product improvements based on your feedback. Let’s take a closer look at last year's high points:
First, 2014 marked the 10th anniversary of Scopus. Since its launch in 2004, Scopus has grown to become the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, containing 55 million records and more than 21,000 journals from all major fields.
In combination with our 10 year anniversary, we initiated a site improvement program resulting in the launch of a more streamlined interface. This was followed by a redesign of the Author Profile Page as well as the introduction of a Simplified Chinese user interface and help files (to learn more about this release, check out the full release notes).
The independent and international Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) came together twice to discuss Scopus’ content and content policies. Topics discussed included publication ethics, title evaluation processes, content expansion and ongoing content development programs.
The Cited References Expansion project was launched, aiming to increase the depth of Scopus’ scholarly content while enhancing the ability to use Scopus for evaluation and trend analysis. Moreover, with cited references now going back to 1970, author profiles and h-index counts of researchers who published articles prior to 1996 will be more complete.
As part of the Scopus Book Titles Expansion program, our content operations team worked hard to process an increasing number of books, reaching 50,000+ titles by the end of the year. We expect to fully index 75,000 books by the end of the project.
November 2014 saw the announcement of two very important partnerships:
U.S. News & World Report, a leading U.S.-based publisher of education analysis and rankings, unveiled the inaugural Best Arab Region Universities rankings based on research data from Scopus and metrics powered by SciVal, Elsevier’s research metrics analysis tool.
Times Higher Education (THE), a global leader in university rankings, announced their decision to work with the Scopus database and SciVal for its World University Ranking and other rankings including the 100 Under 50, Asia University and BRICS & Emerging Economies rankings.
Looking ahead, we are constantly seeking to improve both our content and functionality so as to keep pace with the evolving demands of the research community. For further insights as to what’s in store for the future, watch how key Elsevier thought leaders imagine tomorrow.
Service Announcement: Scopus issue with search
Update (Saturday, December 20, 2014):
We are pleased to report that the issue with our search engine has been resolved, particularly with respect to cardinality and associated features. We are monitoring the system closely. If you experience any other issues with Scopus, please contact the help desk using "Help and Contact" link in Scopus.
Original Post (Friday, December 19, 2014):
Scopus is experiencing an issue with its search engine, particularly with respect to cardinality. This means that in many instances, searches are returning incorrect record counts, citation counts, etc. despite the fact that the records themselves are in the index. Side effects include search results, affiliation and author result, record count is lower than actual. This is also causing issues with wild card searches in the advanced search field, returning inconsistent results in search.
We believe we have identified the root cause and will update when a fix has been identified.
UK REF 2014 results released (and they use Scopus data!)
Yesterday marks a key milestone in the United Kingdom's REF 2014 journey. Following initial consultations in 2007 through to the deadline for submissions in November 2013, 155 higher education institutions across the UK have dedicated a huge amount of time and resource to this process. The results published December 17 will highlight both the quality and non-academic impact of each institution’s research, and mark the culmination of years of hard work.
As the impact of the results begins to be felt in early 2015, Elsevier will continue to offer support to HEFCE and all institutions, helping them to navigate the vast field of data. Like all of those involved, we will be taking key learnings from this process, and look forward to further developing our national assessment offerings for customers around the world.
If you'd like to learn more about how Elsevier has supported the REF 2014 and how we support other national assessments, please make sure you look at these two great resources: ElsevierConnect article on national assessments and a case study on the REF 2014 highlighting the role played by Elsevier's products and services. And if you'd like to speak to an Elsevier Research Intelligence specialist, 'Contact Sales' and we'll get back to you.
Congratulations to all of the institutions and individuals involved on what is a great achievement.
Scopus continues to add pre-1996 citations
In March, we launched the Cited Reference Expansion Program to include cited references in the Scopus database going back to 1970 for pre-1996 content. Our goal is to expand the ability for users to perform long-term, extensive bibliometric and historic trend analyses – and enhance h-indices for those researchers who published pre-1996.
As of November 1st we started re-indexing content and pre-1996 archives with cited references are now loaded on a daily basis. There are currently 500,000+ pre-1996 items with cited references in Scopus. This is having a positive impact on the h-index of senior researchers, making author profiles and h-index counts for these researchers more accurate and complete.
To illustrate this content improvement, we have been tracking the number of total citations and measuring the difference of the h-index for a sample set of authors from various subject areas between June and December. The initial results show there was a significant increase (85% on average) in their h-index, which is partly due to the change of the default time window for the h-index calculation from 1996 to 1970 and the first archive items with pre-1996 citations being loaded in Scopus.
For an example of pre-1996 citations of documents in the profile of an author who is active since 1984, see the screenshot below:
Do you have any questions about the Cited Reference Expansion Program?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you.
Scopus increases interoperability with SciVal and introduces new journal metric
On December 4, Scopus released two important new features. The Scopus header has been redesigned to increase the interoperability with SciVal, Elsevier’s benchmarking and analytics product. Also a new journal metric called Impact per Publication (IPP) has been added to allow researchers and librarians better compare and evaluate journals.
Redesigned Scopus header: increased interoperabillity with SciVal
The Scopus header has been updated to align more closely with SciVal, Elsevier’s benchmarking and analytics product in the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio. SciVal, launched in January 2014, is built on top of Scopus data and it allows users to compare and benchmark institutions, research areas and researchers.
Screenshot 1: Redesigned Scopus header
This change in the Scopus header is the first step to increase the interoperability between Scopus and SciVal making it easier for the user who has access to both applications to easily switch from one to the other, increasing the user efficiency.
Addition of the Impact per Publication (IPP) journal metric
This release includes the implementation of the latest journal metric, Impact per Publication (IPP), in the Scopus Compare Journals tool and elsewhere within the Scopus interface (where applicable). The IPP gives users a new metric to evaluate and compare journal performance that can help decide where to publish.
More information about the IPP metric can be found on www.journalmetrics.com.
Screenshot 2: IPP values available in Scopus ‘Compare Journals’
Screenshot 3: IPP values available in the Scopus ‘Journal home page’
Read the full Release Notes for more information.
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Scopus and web accessibility
Held annually on December 3rd the International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) is a United Nations-sanctioned day that aims to increase public awareness and promote the understanding of disability issues. This year one of the focus areas of IDPwD is the role of technology in creating enabling working environments.
Accessibility features in Scopus
At Elsevier we consistently and proactively work to make our products accessible to all users, regardless of their physical abilities. Accordingly, Scopus features and functions are designed to be accessible by all users and devices, enabling people with disabilities to access Scopus content quickly and easily.
Scopus takes a continuous improvement approach to web accessibility, testing new and existing pages for accessibility with each product release. Some of the accessibility features of Scopus include:
All primary functions in Scopus are operable using keyboard only, with logical tab order.
Search result pages show obvious highlighting of the row in focus to provide orientation for keyboard-only sighted users.
Scopus uses properly structured headings, allowing users of screen readers to navigate pages more quickly.
Graphical elements such as images and icons are supplemented by HTML text attributes.
Animated tutorials are also available as HTML text files.
Pages have unique and descriptive page titles to help orient users of screen readers.
All content and controls are compatible with screen enlargement software in addition to compatibility with built-in browser zoom functionality.
A skip navigation link is available for screen reader users.
Find out more about accessibility in Scopus on our infosite.
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Meet the Scopus celebrities
With a total of 55 million records, Scopus delivers a comprehensive overview of research in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Inevitably, some of the authors indexed in Scopus are bound to be more popular or have more impact than others.
Certain authors, however, are true celebrities of worldwide fame (achieved, incidentally, not merely on scientific merits). We'd like to introduce you to some of them.
Brian May: Rocking the astrophysics
Apart from being the lead guitarist of celebrated rock group Queen, English musician Brian May also studied physics and mathematics at Imperial College in London. He started his PhD on the motion of interplanetary dust particles in 1970 which, mainly due to musical commitments, he was finally able to complete in September 2007. Asteroid 52665 Brianmay is named in his honour.
Natalie Portman: A Star Wars Queen in Harvard
Along with her ballet and modern dance studies, American-Israeli actressNatalie Portman (born Natalie Hershlag) also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Harvard University. During her studies in Harvard she contributed to a study on memory titled "Frontal lobe activation during object permanence: data from near-infrared spectroscopy". Thanks to her academic and acting careers, Portman has an Erdős-Bacon number of 7.
Colin Firth: Ambassador for political neuroscience
Next to the wide recognition for his acting career, the Oscar-winning English actor is also credited as co-author of the neuroscience paper "Political Orientations Are Correlated with Brain Structure in Young Adults". The study, hailed as a "useful contribution" by New York University's Professor John Jost, was made possible after Firth's suggestion when he guest-edited Today programme on BBC Radio 4.
Sure enough, Scopus features many more authors who can claim celebrity status (American actresses Mayim Bialik and Danica McKellar are a case in point). So stay alert: regardless of your research area, you never know whose name you could bump into when browsing through the results page!