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The winners of this year’s Nobel Prizes in Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Economics have all published with Elsevier, making pioneering contributions to science and medicine. We are honored to work with these extraordinary scientists, who have also served as editors, editorial board members or reviewers for different Elsevier journals.
You can discover more about the Nobel laureates and their research by looking at their Author Profiles on Scopus and reading a selection of their output.
Medicine or Physiology
John O'Keefe - click to view his Scopus author profile
May-Britt Moser - click to view her Scopus author profile
Edvard Moser - click to view his Scopus author profile
Isamu Akasaki - click to view his Scopus author profile
Hiroshi Amano - click to view his Scopus author profile
Shuji Nakamura - click to view his Scopus author profile
Eric Betzig - click to view his Scopus author profile
Stefan Hell - click to view his Scopus author profile
William Moerner - click to view his Scopus author profile
Jean Tirole - click to view his Scopus author profile
Scopus Content Selection Advisory Board meeting commences
The Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board meeting starts today and as always, we are looking forward to the lively discussion on topics such as: publication ethics, title evaluation processes, content expansion and ongoing content development programs such as the Cited References Expansion -- and much more.
Recently it has come to our attention that more clarity is needed regarding the work that the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board does throughout the course of the year.
Board members are (independent!) experts in their respective fields and also experienced journal editors. Quality is their main criteria when selecting journals for Scopus coverage. In addition to their thorough work throughout the year, Subject Chairs meet twice per year to talk in-person about important issues in the scientific publishing community. These meetings ensure that Subject Chairs are fully up-to-date on the current state of scientific communication as well as Scopus' product and content strategy. The meetings also serve to reiterate that Subject Chairs need to continue to apply the best quality criteria when reviewing journals for inclusion in Scopus.
The Board does not review titles at the twice annual board meetings -- though we talk about it a lot. Subject Chairs review titles on an ongoing basis throughout the year using a proprietary online system. Subject Chairs also stay in-touch with each other (and us) throughout the year via email, phone calls and in a private online community.
Scopus h-index being updated to include content from 1970 to the present
The Scopus Cited Reference Expansion, announced in March, is well on its way. Our October 23 release saw the expansion of the h-index publication window to 1970. The previous publication window was from 1996 onwards.
As a result, the Scopus Author Profile page may show an increase of the h-index count for some authors. These changes in the h-index count are also visible in the author profile in “Analyze author output” h-index and the Cited by (citations) tab. Moreover, it also expanded the publication window of the “Citation Overview” tool.
Why was this done: The h-index timeframe has been lengthened to 1970 in preparation for the Cited References Expansion project. The first batch of pre-1996 cited references will start appearing in November.
What is the impact to the h-index: Prior to this release the h-index was only calculated using post-1995 publications. Authors that have published work prior to 1996 may now see an increase in their h-index, even though no pre-1996 cited references have been indexed to date. This can be explained by post-1995 citations given to pre-1996 works. An author’s h-index is now calculated with publications as far back as 1970, and their citations from 1996 onwards. For example, an author’s 1993 publication that received citations in 1999 will now be included in the calculation and positively impact the author’s h-index.
No cited references pre-1996 have been added to Scopus.com yet. The first content will start to appear in November 2014. The Cited Reference Expansion project is scheduled to run until 2016 and will see 8M+ articles re-processed to include cited references.
If you have questions, please contact our helpdesk and they will assist you.
Open Access on Scopus
This week is Open Access Week 2014, a global event that gives the academic and research community an opportunity to learn more about Open Access. We thought it was worth noting that out of the 21,000+ journals indexed by Scopus, 2,800 are gold open access journals (DOAJ-registered). You can view these titles in the publicly-available Scopus title list.
Moreover, Scopus features other “open” features like our open author profiles – just google “free author lookup” to access them:
You can read more about the new Scopus author profile page here.
Also, don’t miss the chance to have a look at this selection of interesting open access research papers published in Elsevier journals on topics such as health, environment, personality and culture.
Interested in knowing more about Open Access Week? You can follow the latest news via the hashtag #OAWeek.
Reaxys links on Scopus currently disabled
We are aware that Reaxys links on the abstract (document details) pages in Scopus are currently disabled. We are working to identify the problem and expect to have these links fixed as soon as possible, likely within the next few weeks. All other links are working as expected. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you.
As soon as we have the Reaxys links restored, we will post a notice on this blog. Please also follow us on Twitter@scopus for regular news and updates.
Scopus Content update: 50,000 books indexed
Since our last content update in June, we’ve been busy moving the Scopus Books Expansion project along. To date, you can see more than 50,000 books in Scopus!
In case you missed the announcement, in mid-2013 Scopus launched the Books Expansion Project. Books from more than 30 major publishers such as Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, Brill, Walter de Gruyter, Princeton University Press, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis, Palgrave Macmillan and Project Muse have been selected and are being processed for inclusion in Scopus. Although books from all subject fields are considered for the project, the focus is on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities -- at least 25% of the books currently in Scopus are in these subject fields.
“My favourite book in Scopus is John (J. G. A.) Pocock's The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition. It was first published by Princeton University Press in 1975 and was revised in 2002. It is straightforwardly the best history book written in the twentieth century.
The reason is this: Pocock recovered a tradition of political thinking about time and politics in which the political body was analogous to the human body, and doomed in consequence to decline and die. Delaying such a fate was the aspiration of generation after generation of political authors. Machiavelli's response to the problem of the crisis that would ultimately face every republic entailed a policy of rejecting commerce and luxury, of imbuing the citizenry with manliness in order to win wars, and above all plot to turn a small state into a large empire. Machiavelli's model was the Romans, and he thought it should be everyone’s.
Pocock's genius was to trace the echoes of such arguments, formulated in the turbulence of the dying republic of Florence, to seventeenth-century and eighteen-century Britain and on to the generation of the Founding Fathers in North America. The republican critique of commerce and empire inspired Thomas Jefferson among others. The existence of the tradition confirmed the ancient and illiberal origins of American liberty. Pocock inspired intellectual historians to follow his method of the deep contextualisation of ideas. He also caused an intellectual ferment by challenging the self-satisfied myths of the nature and origins of the American Republic.”
For an up-to-date list of the books currently indexed in Scopus, see the public books list on the Scopus info site.
Scopus to test new system in order to improve speed
Starting September 15, Scopus will test a method of selective internet routing to speed up delivery of our pages to customers. Most customers will see an improvement in speed. However, some customers with unusual internet configurations may experience a problem. If you are suddenly unable to access Scopus as before, this may be due to incompatibility with the new routing method.
If you suddenly lose access to Scopus, please first check that the above is indeed the reason for the problem by trying the following URL: www2.scopus.com. This should give you direct access to the original Scopus IP address as before the test. If you now have access again, then you will need to follow the steps below to restore normal service.
While we help you fix the problem, your users can continue to use Scopus via a workaround using www2.scopus.com. This may occasionally require them to change the URL – adding a 2 after www – for some links.
IP white listing is the problem
The problem is expected to arise if you are restricting access to specific IP addresses (IP whitelisting) through your firewall or proxy service. Because we use specific routing across the internet, the last server will not be the original Scopus IP address, so will not be on your list. If you are using domain name whitelisting there should be no problem.
If you are using a whitelist, you can solve the problem by adding the Scopus domain name www.scopus.com instead of the IP addresses of the Scopus servers.
If you are unable to change this or if it does not help, please contact your local helpdesk and let us know that you are affected.
We will configure your account to restore service – this will also entail your adding a list of IP addresses to your whitelist. Please be aware that this list changes periodically and will need to be maintained if you continue to use IP address whitelisting.
Scopus interface improvements released Saturday, September 6
Since launching a more streamlined interface in February, the Scopus Team has been working on additional site developments that include enhancing Scopus analysis tools as well as improving ORCID functionality.
Taking a close look at the Scopus analysis tools, the team made some changes that better support day-to-day research tasks. As a result all analysis tools have been redesigned to provide a more consistent experience across Scopus. Specifically, these 3 tools have been improved and renamed and now include new features such as the option to export charts and graphs.
Old Scopus name
New Scopus name
Location on Scopus
Analyze Search Results
Document Search Result page
Analyze Author Output
Author Details page
Main search page
New Analyze Search Results illustrating documents by subject area:
New Analyze Author Output with enhanced h-index indicator:
New Compare Journals:
It is also now possible to search Scopus Author Profiles by ORCID ID. If a user knows the ORCID ID for an author they can retrieve that authors profile in Scopus.
In addition to the Simplified Chinese interface announced in June a new Traditional Chinese interface went live this month. Both are available from the Scopus page footer under the header ‘Language’.
For a detailed review of the changes, please read the full release notes (PDF).
We welcome you to experience the Scopus difference today and discover how easy it is to track, analyze and visualize research. For help getting started, watch this short video on making the most of the Scopus ‘Help’ function. Thank you for playing a part in the recent and long term success of Scopus and we encourage you to continue to follow us on Twitter .
You can share your feedback by emailing Scopus Marketing.
Scopus to cease support of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7)
As of September 6, Scopus is discontinuing its support for Internet Explorer 7 (IE7). This means that users currently using IE 7 or any previous versions of Internet Explorer will no longer be able to access Scopus.com after this date.
For the purpose of providing an optimal user experience and maintaining platform performance, Scopus is discontinuing the support of older browsers which do not support the new functionalities in the upcoming September 6 release. This decision is also in line with Microsoft ceasing its support for Windows XP and IE7 per April 2014.
2013 SNIP and SJR journal metrics now available in Scopus
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.
Additionally the SNIP, SJR and now IPP (Impact per Publication) values can also be viewed per journal in the publicly available title list or via the 'Browse sources' tab in Scopus (only SNIP and SJR are currently in the Scopus interface).
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.