News & Product Updates
As part of our ongoing efforts to integrate more closely with Mendeley, we're happy to officially announce that as of last week Scopus supports the "Save to Mendeley" Web Importer. Importing documents and metadata from the web is a key part of a researcher's workflow and should be as smooth and intuitive as the search process. Our hope is that the combination of the Mendeley Web Importer with Scopus will help accomplish this goal, facilitating scientific discovery and maximizing productivity for researchers.
Scopus subscribers who are also Mendeley users can now import up to 200 documents at a time to their Mendeley Library via Scopus. The Web Importer retrieves all relevant metadata for the documents being viewed. This development follows the successful integration of the Web Importer with ScienceDirect which was announced in September on Mendeley's blog.
To learn how to install the Web Importer, visit Mendeleys blog post on the subject: www.mendeley.com/import/. Interested in giving us feedback on this new feature? We'd love to hear it -- tweet @Scopus to let us know what you think.
Meeting of the minds: Scopus' CSAB meets next week
Twice a year the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) comes together for a few days to discuss and make decisions regarding Scopus' content and content policies. Our next meeting starts next Wednesday and we are looking forward to discussing topics such as: publication ethics, content type expansion and ongoing content development programs, the overall review and acceptance process, and much more. I can vouch that these discussions are both lively and fruitful for all involved. And as Scopus' product marketing manager, I have the opportunity to present -- and get feedback on -- our new UI launching in January (more to come in subsequent blog posts), our new info site home on Elsevier.com, and general marketing strategy. Plus, I get to listen to the dynamic debates. This group is never at a loss for ideas and it is invigorating for the Scopus team to see how dedicated they are to Scopus' success and to the pursuit of science.
So what is the CSAB exactly? And what do they do? The CSAB is an international group of scientists, researchers and librarians who represent the major scientific disciplines. The board is comprised of 14 Subject Chairs, each representing a specific subject field; board members are responsible for reviewing all titles that are suggested to Scopus via the Title Suggestion form. The Board works with our product and marketing team to understand how Scopus is used, what content is relevant for users and what enhancements should be made with respect to content. The recommendations of the CSAB directly influence the overall direction of Scopus and the prioritization of new content requests to ensure that Scopus stays international and relevant for the research community.
Two of our Subject Chairs, Dr. David Rew and Wouter Gerritsma, recently participated as panelists for two separate 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". Both were well-attended and well-received -- make sure to check out the links and watch for yourself.
Scopus downtime scheduled for November 2
On Saturday, November 2, Scopus will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance. This downtime is scheduled to last for approximately 30 minutes, from 2:45 - 3:15 AM (EDT). Unfortunately, due to the nature of the maintenance work, users will be unable to reach the "downtime pages" that would normally be made available for planned outage periods. Instead, users will see an error message ("page not found") while attempting to reach Scopus.com during this timeframe. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
Updates to Scopus iPhone/iPad apps
It’s been awhile since the last update for our Scopus Alerts iPhone/iPad app. The new updated Scopus Alerts apps are now available with the following major changes:
- Solved citations retrieval issue on iOS6
- Improved graphics (retina display)
- Fixes for new iOS versions
The Scopus app will work on any device with iOS 4.3 or higher and it has been optimized for the iPhone 5. For iPad 1 users, you will not have full screen support but are able to use x2 zoom in order to enlarge the app on their screen. For iPad 2 devices or higher supports the full screen display of the Scopus Alerts app.
You can download your update at the following location:
Upgrades to Scopus: Routine Maintenance on October 26
On October 26, Scopus will undergo routine database maintenance. During this time, we do not expect there to be any downtime for users and Scopus will function as it normally does. For stability reasons we will not load any new content in the week of October 18-25. This also means that the Alerts will be put on hold; users will not miss any alerts, they will just be sent later than usual. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.
Books, books and more books: Scopus’ Titles Expansion Program
In conjunction with the Frankfurt Book Fair, we’ve formally announced the Scopus Book Titles Expansion program. Our content operations team has been actively processing books since the Spring and as of our August release books content – at the book and chapter level – has been visible in Scopus’ interface. To date, we have 7,654 books visible (20,000 by the end of the year) and expect to fully index 75,000 books by the end of the project.
So why has Scopus decided to add books? We know that various content types – journals, conference proceedings and books – contribute, through citation activity, to the evaluation of scholarly research and the evaluation of researchers. And in specific scientific fields, each content type may hold different weight. For example, a computer scientist (as our subject chair for Computer Science from the Scopus Content Selection Board (CSAB) has told us time and time again) will more frequently publish in conference proceedings whereas a social scientist may publish more in books. By adding books to Scopus, we are able to better connect the citation patterns of journals, conference proceedings and now books content.
Indexing books allows us to:
- Improve coverage: Research within the Arts & Humanities is partly done in books and not necessarily in journals. Adding books makes certain subject fields more complete and also further enhances the Author Profiles and h-index of researchers working in these subject areas.
- Enhance discoverability: Simply having books content in Scopus makes this content source more discoverable to researchers.
- Measure impact: Indexing books allows us to further measure the impact that books have on scholarly research. And since books often cite journals, adding books can make citation counts of journals more accurate.
- Increase accuracy: For research assessment, the addition of books gives researchers within the A&H the opportunity to better showcase their full scientific output in theirAuthor Profiles. This is currently easier for other sciences such as life sciences and physics due to the publishing patterns of researchers.
How is book selection made? Book selection is done via a publisher-based approach (sorry, no title suggestions accepted at this time). All books from selected publishers deemed “in scope” will be selected for coverage. The priority of publishers and selection of a book list from a specific publisher depends on:
- Reputation and impact of the publisher
- Size and subject area of the books list
- Availability and format of the book content
- Publication policy and editorial mission
- Quality of published book content
And in other good news: All titles in the Scopus Book Titles Expansion Program are included – at no additional fee– under the standard Scopus license.
Scopus Author Identifiers: Further linking with ORCID
It has been almost a year since ORCID– the open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers – was launched. More than 253,000 ORCID profiles have been created as of today. Since its launch, the Scopus team has continued to add enhanced integration points while supporting the mission of ORCID.
The first effort was the Scopus2ORCID Feedback Wizard which allows researchers to associate their Scopus Author Identifier to their ORCID and import papers from Scopus to his/her ORCID profile. The application has helped more than 28,500 researchers create their ORCIDs, and between them, they’ve exported nearly 1.2 million article records. Next, we launched the “Add to ORCID” functionality visible on the Scopus Author Details pages.
And last week, the ORCID Information app/feature went live to all Scopus users. The more than 28,500 Scopus Author Identifiers that are associated with an ORCID now link to ORCID and display all public information, which currently can include the following: Also known as, Biography, and Websites.
Read more on ElsevierConnect about how Elsevier integrates with and supports ORCID via incorporation into the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) and initiatives such as ORCIDLive. Learn more about ORCID on their website:, visit ORCID’s news page: or follow ORCID on Twitter.
Clicking image takes you to Laura Paglione's author profile in Scopus
August 2013 Updates to Scopus: Enhancements to Books & ISSN Search Alerts
- Scopus now makes discovering thousands of book and book chapters even easier. Find <Book or Book Chapter> in the Document Type menu.
Then, when you open a chapter screen, you will see all of the other chapters within the book listed in a viewing panel on the right-hand side of the page.
- You asked and we have delivered. You may now set a search alert for an ISSN and receive an email whenever Scopus indexes new documents from that source.
Scheduled maintenance for ScienceDirect and Scopus on Saturday, July 20, 2013
ScienceDirect and Scopus will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance from Saturday, July 20 at 7:00 PM EDT (12:00 MIDNIGHT BST) until Saturday, July 20 at 7:30 PM EDT (12:30 AM BST). It is also possible that you may experience service disruptions such as slower response times and unexpected outages throughout the day.
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Upgrades to Scopus: Export Limits Increased to 20,000
The Scopus export limits have increased from 2,000 to 20,000 records. Users can now download (up to) 20,000 records at a time. Once the selection has been made, an email with a link to download the CSV data set will be sent to the user with the following fields provided:
- Document title
- Source title
- Volume, issue, pages
- Citation count
- Source and document type
At Scopus, we are very excited to continue our work with ORCID. It is now easier for researchers to freely import their research papers to ORCID through a direct link on the author detail page, shown as follows: