Brazilian Federal Agency CAPES Expands Local Research Community Access to Scopus

AMSTERDAM, March 23, 2009 – Elsevier announced today that the Brazilian Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) is expanding local research community access to Scopus®, the company’s flagship product and the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. CAPES, which assists the Brazilian Ministry of Education in the formulation of national policies related to post-graduate study, will be making Scopus available to 200 universities and research institutes in Brazil, up from 44 in 2007.

“We chose Scopus for its comprehensive and multidisciplinary coverage and it has exceeded our expectations, becoming an integral part of our mission to provide the most in-depth and up-to-date global knowledge to the research community we serve,” said CAPES President Professor Jorge Guimarães. “The positive feedback we have received has led us to offer the database to additional universities. The performance measurement capability has also been very valuable in tracking Brazilian research output and comparing our progress to other nations.”

"We are very pleased that CAPES has chosen to expand the relationship as it indicates the research community’s satisfaction with our database,” added Niels Weertman, Director of Scopus for Elsevier. “We look forward to continuing to work together to support scientific advancement in Brazil.”

Founded in 1951, CAPES assists the Brazilian Ministry of Education in the formulation of national policies related to post-graduate study. Through CAPES, the Brazilian government provides a beneficial service to Brazil’s academic community: the Publications Gateway. Created in 2000 by CAPES, the gateway is one of the greatest bases of scientific information in the world. Its goal is to reduce regional imbalances by providing free access to quality scientific and technological information to scientists, professors and students in 194 universities and research institutes.

About Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track analyze and visualize research. Scopus was designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 15,000 peer-reviewed journals (including more than 200 Brazilian journals) from 4,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

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