Elsevier Announces its Collaboration with Kasetsart University, Thailand

Access to SciVal Spotlight provides university with insights into its core research areas and intelligence to help institution determine its research strategies

Bangkok, Thailand, June 3, 2013

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced its collaboration with Kasetsart University in Thailand by providing access to Elsevier's strategic planning solution SciVal Spotlight beginning June 2013.

SciVal Spotlight, part of Elsevier's SciVal suite of research management tools, provides institutions and countries with an interdisciplinary view of their unique research strengths, helping them to define and execute their research strategies and explore opportunities for collaboration with peer institutions. SciVal Spotlight uses Scopus, the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, as its underlying data source.

Kasetsart University is the first university in Thailand to use SciVal Spotlight. The university selected the tool to map its research performance and international collaboration trends more effectively. With access to SciVal Spotlight Kasetsart University will be able to analyze its core areas of research as well as current and potential collaboration partners.

"Internationalization and collaboration are two of the university's top priorities," said Associate Professor Vudtechai Kapilakanchana, President, Kasetsart University. "We need an objective understanding of our research strengths in order to make more informed strategic investment decisions. Finding the right collaborators is also essential to make our research programs a success. SciVal Spotlight will equip the university with research intelligence to build up its capacity and produce high quality work capable of competing in the global research market."

"Elsevier is honored to serve our first SciVal client in Thailand," said Niels Weertman, Vice President of SciVal at Elsevier. "By providing Kasetsart University with access to SciVal Spotlight together with our consultative expertise and services, we aim to help the university apply SciVal data to establish optimal research strategies."

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About Kasetsart University
Kasetsart University, a very famous public university in Thailand, exhibits her strengths in the disciplines of agricultural sciences. With ambition in reaching her goal of the world-class research university, Kasetsart University is always on the road to academic excellence. The university establishes centers of excellence and facilities to raise her research profile and to strengthen her research capacity to meet with the need of the country and better living of all people in the global community. For more information go to: http://ku.ac.th/english/

About Elsevier's SciVal suite 
Designed to support the many stages of the research planning cycle, Elsevier's SciVal® suite of solutions provides information about research performance, funding and expertise to enable informed decision-making and drive successful outcomes. Serving research institutions, funding agencies and policy bodies, SciVal delivers objective analytical capabilities that can enhance the performance of individuals, teams and organizations. SciVal integrates institutional and external data sources with information from Elsevier's Scopus®, the standard for bibliometric research tools, to offer trusted solutions including SciVal Experts, SciVal Funding, SciVal Spotlight, SciVal Strata, SciVal Analytics and Pure.

About Scopus

Covering the world's research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Featuring smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research, Scopus was designed and developed with input from over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from nearly 20,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. Direct links to subscribed 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.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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