News & Product Updates
When evaluating the performance of a journal (or an article or individual researcher), we believe that the research community benefits from having access to a broad range of metrics to better understand performance – it's impossible for one metric to serve all the necessary purposes.
The Journal Analyzer allows you to select up to 10 journals for comparison; the results are uploaded into graphs, making it easy to see how journals perform relative to each other.
Some additional resources for Journal Metrics:
Find out more about Journal Metrics and download the metrics directly at www.journalmetrics.com
Read the latest ElsevierConnect article on the 2013 Journal Metrics release
Learn more about Elsevier's general approach toward metrics, read the Elsevier response to a call for evidence from HEFCE
Have feedback on journal metrics or Scopus? Please email us.
Titles indexed in Scopus: Check before you publish
Publication malpractice is an unfortunate occurrence in the world of scholarly literature. It happens in all subject areas and in all jurisdictions and few journals or books are immune. Here at Scopus, we have recently received notification of journals that purport to be indexed by Scopus but really are not. These journals have even gone as far as to forge letters from the Head of Scopus Content (signature and all)! And just because a journal may have a Scopus logo on their web site, this does not mean they’re indexed in Scopus.
As an author, if you would like to know if your published article will be included in Scopus, we urge you to take note of the following before submitting your work to a journal or conference.
Check the title list. First check the publicly available Scopus title list. If you don’t see the title, you can also look at “Browse sources” on the Scopus.com home page to see what titles are indexed.
Search in Scopus. Use a Scopus search for the name of the journal or conference and check if any current content is available to see if the title is indeed indexed.
Ask! When in doubt, send an email to the Scopus Helpdesk and one of our Customer Service representatives can let you know if that title is indexed (or is going to be indexed).
Recently, we have received questions about the Scopus coverage of the following titles. NONE of these titles are currently covered by Scopus. These titles have either never been included in Scopus OR have recently been discontinued in Scopus.
British Journal of Education and Science (ISSN 0309-1114) - never in Scopus
Academic Journal of Cancer Research (ISSN 1995-8943 / 2221-3422) - discontinued
Advances in Environmental Biology (ISSN 1995-0756 / 1998-1066) - discontinued
Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences (ISSN 1995-0772 /1998-1090) - discontinued
American-Eurasian Journal of Sustainable Agriculture (ISSN 1995-0748 / 1998-1074) - discontinued
Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences (ISSN 1991-8178 / 309-8414) - discontinued
Global Journal of Pharmacology (ISSN 1992-0075 / 2221-3449) - discontinued
Global Veterinaria (ISSN 1992-6197 / 1999-8163) - discontinued
Journal of Applied Sciences Research (ISSN 1816-157X / 1819-544X) - discontinued
Life Science Journal (ISSN: 1097-8135 /2372-613X) - discontinued
Middle East Journal of Scientific Research (ISSN 1990-9233 / 1999-8147) - discontinued
World Applied Sciences Journal (ISSN 1818-4952 / 1991-6426) - discontinued
World Journal of Medical Sciences (ISSN 1817-3055 / 1990-4061) - discontinued
The prevention of publication malpractice is the responsibility of every author, editor, reviewer, publisher and institution. It is also the responsibility of solution providers like Scopus. We hope that you will follow the above steps and also take the time to alert us about any fraud you may come across. For more information on publication ethics, please visit Elsevier’s information site on publication ethics.
Scopus users receiving phishing emails
It seems that some registered Scopus users have received an email (similar to the example shown below) in which they are asked to login to their account and change their password or else his/her account will be deactivated.
Caution: This is a Phishing email. The link in the email goes to a ‘scopus.110mb.com’ link and not to Scopus.com. Do not click on the link and delete the email from your inbox.
In case you have any questions, please contact your regional helpdesk.
Phishing example email:
Scopus content: Book Expansion project update
In mid-2013 Scopus launched the Books Expansion Project to increase the Arts and Humanities content in Scopus and the project has been steadily moving along. To date, you can see more than 40,000 books in Scopus!
How is the program going? Books from more than 30 major publishers such as Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, Brill, Walter de Gruyter, Princeton University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Project Muse have already been selected and are being processed. More than 40,000 books have now been loaded in Scopus and we expect to have at least 65,000 books in Scopus by the end of this year.
Although books from all subject fields are considered for the project, the focus is on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities and at least 25% of the books currently in Scopus are in these subject fields. Book items in Scopus also get cited, at present – with more than 5,600 citations – the highest cited book in Scopus is Theory of games and economic behaviorby von Neuman and Morgenstern published by Princeton University Press (2007).
And more high quality book content is soon to come in Scopus with the recently signed agreements to cover the book lists of Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis.
For an up-to-date overview of the Books Expansion Project and a list of the books currently indexed in Scopus, see the public books list on the Scopus info site.
How do we select books to index?The selection policy for books content is on a publisher level* (no individual book suggestions considered) and takes into account aspects such as: reputation of publisher, size and subject area of books list, availability and format of book content, publication policy and editorial mission and quality of published books content. Full bibliographic metadata will be indexed as well as abstracts (where available), author and affiliation information and cited references.
What subject areas are covered? Our main focus is on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities, but also Science, Technology & Medicine (STM).
Coverage years: back to 2005 (2003 for A&H)
Number of books: 75,000 by the end of 2015; 10,000 each year thereafter
Book types: Monographs, edited volumes, major reference works, graduate level text books
Not in scope: dissertations, undergraduate level text books, atlas, yearbook, biography, popular science books, manuals
*All books from selected publishers deemed “in scope” will be selected for coverage.
Scopus launches a simplified Chinese interface
Scopus has launched a Simplified Chinese interface and help files. This development applies to the general user interface and is intended to improve the usability and teach-ability of Scopus in mainland China. The Simplified Chinese interface can be selected from the Scopus page footer and will allow users to more easily activate personalization features and alerts in their local language.
We welcome your impressions and feedback regarding these developments and encourage you to share your thoughts with us through the Scopus marketing email address
Want to learn more about this release? Check out the full release notes.
The new Scopus author profile page has arrived
In conjunction with this year’s Scopus 10 year anniversary, the team embarked on a site improvement program that resulted in the launch of a more streamlined interface in February. With the overall Scopus house looking better it was time to give the Author Profile page a closer look.
Newly revamped, old distractions on the Author Profile page are gone and the best tools remain. For example, if an ORCID ID is associated with a Scopus profile then a link to that ORCID will display on the author detail page. Additionally, a new graph added to the sidebar gives a quick overview of an author’s recent productivity. Best of all, users can sort “Document” and “Cited-by” lists without having to leave the author profile or reload the page.
We’ve learned a lot in 10 years, especially that author’s need fewer obstacles and better tools for boosting the visibility of their work. This is an ideal time to check and update your profile in Scopus. You can share your feedback about the new Author Profile page via our Scopus Marketing email address.
Want to learn more about this release? Check out the full release notes.
Scopus changes RIS tags used for export
We have changed some of the RIS tags to better support the most popular reference managers. As a result, some data is not exporting to specific reference managers -- EndNote, for example -- while it was before the May 31 release.
If you were using a translation filter before 31 May 2014, you may not need it anymore; please try a direct RIS export from Scopus. If you have created your own mapping of Scopus fields in the reference manager, please use this updated RIS field document to adjust the mapping. In case of any doubt, you can also export RIS files from Scopus to any text editor to see the tag names.
Please Note: We are unable to assist you with the specific configuration within your reference manager. If you require help with configuration, you will need to contact the respective vendor. Should you have any other Scopus-related problems with the export, please let us know by contacting your local helpdesk.
Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board Meeting Next Week
Twice a year the independent and international Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) comes together to make decisions regarding Scopus' content and content policies. Our next meeting starts Wednesday in Amsterdam and will coincide with the launch of Scopus' 10 Year celebration. Check out what I last wrote about the work they do.
In addtion to the usual discussion topics: publication ethics, review processes and ongoing content projects such as the Scopus Books Expansion program and the Cited References Expansion program, Board members will get to meet more of the people who work on Scopus! From customer support to market development to the Elsevier Research Intelligence analytics team, I know that the presentations and discussions will be engaging and lively.
So what is the CSAB exactly and what do they do? The Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board is an international group of scientists, researchers and librarians who each represent a major scientific discipline. Board members are responsible for reviewing all titles that are suggested to Scopus and their recommendations directly influence the overall direction of Scopus to ensure that Scopus continues to stay international and relevant.
Want to meet our Board members? Check out this guest post by Karen Holland, Subject Chair for Nursing, Health Professions and Education. You can also hear from two of our Subject Chairs, Dr. David Rew and Wouter Gerritsma, who participated as panelists for Elsevier Library Connect webinars. Dr. Rew participated in the "How librarians can help researchers navigate open access choices" while Mr. Gerritsma offered his views on "How librarians are raising researchers' reputations".
The Scopus h-index, what's it all about? Part II
Yesterday we brought you the first of two posts on the h-index. Since many of the questions the Scopus team receives from users are related to the h-index and how it is calculated, we thought it was a worthy topic for two posts. Today's post, Part II, is focused on a specific author and his/her h-index. Thanks again to our guest author Meshna Koren, Second Line Support Manager for Scopus (also known as "she who knows all about Scopus").
Obviously, nobody cares about an h-index for articles about water and ice on Mars; people want to be able to evaluate another author's work! So they'd run a search more like this instead: AU-ID(26643014200) or AU-ID("Baker, Victor R." 26643014200) which would return all articles that were written by Mr. Baker. We get the results, we calculate Citation Overview and we look at the great h-index of 40.
This is a high value for one author. It means the author participated (we do not distinguish in the order of author names when calculating citations, all authors are equal in this regard) in the authoring of 40 articles of which each has been cited at least 40 times. Think about that for a moment…that's some impact!
Still, this value may still be unfair. Because for all these articles: AU-ID("Baker, Victor R." 26643014200) AND PUBYEAR BEF 1996 we may be displaying a low citation count that’s too low (though this will be changing, read more on the Scopus Cited References Expansion project).
To even things out, we display an h-index value on author profile page that only uses documents published in 1996 or later. And when visiting this page, a user may be shocked to find that the value is only 26.That's a big difference, it must surely be wrong!
But it isn't; if you read what the value represents, we state that "The h-index considers Scopus articles published after 1995." and that is not quite the same thing as "not having complete citation information for pre-1996 content". And if you follow the link to Citation Overview, you will see the same 5,120 total citations given to Baker's papers, but the h-index here also says: "The h-index considers Scopus articles published after 1995."
But why... which one is now correct? They both are! It really depends on what you want to evaluate.
It can be confusing when an author first sees the high and then the low value; and it looks to them like something broke or citations got lost (or we are just being mean). Sometimes we receive feedback that we should simplify things and decide on one method and discard the rest.
But it's all a matter of choice. Author pages show the h-index for content published in 1996 or later because we are confident that we can present a comprehensive, fair and relevant overview. At the time Scopus was launched it was shown that most people are actually interested in the research and impact over the last 10 years. Not that the previous stuff doesn't matter, it does, just not as often.
The Scopus h-index, what’s it all about? Part I
Many of the questions we receive are related to the h-index. Today we bring you a guest post by Meshna Koren, Second Line Support Manager for Scopus (also known as "she who knows all about Scopus").
The h-index is an index that attempts to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist or scholar. In Scopus, the h-index is not a static value; it is calculated live on a set of results each time you look it up. The calculation was suggested by Hirsch and it can be summed up as:
A scientist has an index h if h of his/her Np papers has at least h citations each, and the other (Np h) papers have no more than h citations each.
In Scopus you can calculate it on any set of results; it does not have to be papers belonging to just one author. Just run a random search: TITLE-ABS-KEY(mars water ice), select all results, click View Citation Overviewand therein you will see the h-index value for that set (see image).
This means that 84 documents from this set have been cited at least 84 times, but the 85th document has been cited less than 85 times. Tomorrow we may load new articles (Scopus loads new content daily!) which cite any one article in this set, and the h-index may rise because of that.
What you do need to know about Scopus is that we do not have references for records of articles that have been published prior to 1996 (though this will be changing in the relatively near future, read more on the Scopus Cited References Expansion project!).
The references are needed to calculate citations; if my article A cites your article B, but Scopus doesn't have references of my article A, well, your B won't show as being cited. There's no danger if you published in 1996 or later because you couldn't have been cited before that time, but if you published in 1982 we may be showing a lower citation count for that article. And if you look at the above screenshot again, we do warn you there: "Scopus does not have complete citation information for articles published before 1996."
Check back tomorrow for Part II of “The Scopus h-index, what’s it all about?” when we focus on calculating an individual author’s h-index.