Elsevier Collaborates with Keio University Faculty of Science and Technology to Map out its Research Landscape

Taking an evidence-based approach to strengthen its research strategies

Tokyo, September 10, 2012, — Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of a research project led by Professor Kouhei Ohnishi of the Faculty of Science and Technology at Keio University. The project aims to establish a clear research strategy for the university, based on analyses of its research performance using Elsevier’s SciVal® Suite.

The research will consist of three core components; identify and evaluate the university’s current research strengths to assess its core fields of expertise; explore current and new opportunities to accelerate international collaboration; and create an effective schema to assemble a cross-disciplinary team within the university. The project runs from September through to December, 2012.

“Until recently we had no commonly shared design nor metrics that reliably reflect the complexity of the University’s research performance,” said Professor Ohnishi of the research project. “With the help of SciVal Experts we can now analyze our research output from various angles. The tool helps us drill down into the enormous amounts of data, allowing us to analyze existing collaborations, and uncover future opportunities for research. We are seeking to expand both our campus-wide and international collaborations to leverage our expansive subject coverage. This will enable us to establish and strengthen our future University research strategies.”

Niels Weertman, Vice President of SciVal at Elsevier, added, “We are very pleased to support Professor Ohnishi’s initiative through SciVal which is designed to support the research planning cycle and enable informed decision-making to driving successful outcomes. Through our collaborative approach, Elsevier will support Keio University to advance their research strategies, pin point emerging trends, and identify new opportunities for collaboration through SciVal.”

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About Keio University
Keio University is the oldest private university in Japan, originally established as a private school in 1858 by Yukichi Fukuzawa. The university has ten faculties and fourteen graduate schools with 33 thousand students at six campuses in Tokyo and Kanagawa area. The university is famous for its influential and unique alumni playing field, from humanities, social sciences through to science, technology and medicine. Keio University Faculty of Science and Technology traces back to The Fujiwara Institute of Technology, founded in 1939, and is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2014 to take the further step to become one of the world leaders of research and higher education institutes.

About the Elsevier SciVal® Suite
Elsevier’s SciVal Suite
of services supports academic and government leadership in evaluating, establishing and executing research strategies that optimize the performance of existing assets and maximize investments to enhance near and long-term productivity. SciVal tools leverage Scopus® data, Elsevier’s trusted source of bibliometric data, to offer innovative yet authoritative solutions. Current suite offerings include: SciVal Spotlight™, a strategic tool that generates unique institutional and country maps of existing and emerging strengths based on an interdisciplinary perspective of current performance; SciVal Funding™, an online solution that provides targeted recommendations on grants to pursue based on pre-populated research profiles and historical awards; SciVal Experts, a semantic technology-based application that enables researchers to identify and locate sources of expertise at an individual or departmental level within and across institutions.

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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