First users in Asia Pacific to benefit from Scopus

University of Newcastle ensures access to new navigational tool for over 20,000 staff and students.

Tokyo, 1 December 2004 – At the Scopus launch event held at the Grand Hyatt in Tokyo on November 18, Elsevier announced the University of Newcastle as the first customer to lic ense Scopus in Asia Pacific. Selected customers and prospects who attended the event are the University of Newcastle’s Greg Anderson and Kirston Neilson.

Scopus is a new navigational product from Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and health information products and services used by leading institutions all over the world.

 Scopus is the world's largest abstract and indexing database covering 27 million abstracts and citations from over 14,000 STM and social science journal titles and conference proceedings, from over 4,000 international publishers. Superior navigation through the available scientific literature is enabled by means of new searching and browsing functionality. 85 institutions in Asia Pacific have been trialing Scopus prior to its commercial launch.

The University of Newcastle was among the first institutions to trial Scopus in Australasia when the pre-release version of Scopus became available earlier this year. The University of Newcastle was quick to recognize the unique value of Scopus when the product was used by its user community during the 3-month trial and decided to license Scopus after the trial ended in October 2004. 

With this purchase, the University of Newcastle has become the first library in Australia as well as Asia Pacific to subscribe to the new service, giving over 20,000 academic staff and students access to a more extensive range of resources than that available to students at other Australian institutions.

"This launch is a great opportunity to have the University of Newcastle internationally recognized as a leader in the provision of electronic resources for its staff and students. Our long commitment to giving our students access to an intensive range of resources now gives us a chance to be major players in the Australasian region," says Greg Anderson, Director of Library Services, University of Newcastle.

Linda Dunne, Account Manager for Australasia commented, “Scopus was officially introduced to Australasia only in July and the interest has been tremendous with 15 customers actively trialing the product to date. In adopting Scopus before anyone else in the region, the University of Newcastle has, in effect, equipped its staff and students with a superior navigational tool, ensuring better search results”.

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Scopus Background

  • Scopus is Elsevier's highly anticipated, full text-linking abstract and indexing (A&I) database
  • The first fully functioning version of Scopus was released to select libraries for final testing and user trials on 15th March 2004. Full commercial release of Scopus was on 3rd November 2004
  • Scopus was conceived solely in response to librarian and user requirements, and is the result of a two year collaboration with librarians and researchers at over 20 of the world’s foremost institutions
  • At the heart of Scopus is the biggest A&I database of scientific literature ever assembled, covering titles from over 4000 STM publishers. Scopus also simultaneously searches the scientific Web using the science-only Internet search engine, Scirus
  • The Scopus user interface offers easy-to-use searching straight from the home page and intuitive browsing tools
  • Users can link to their entitled full-text articles in one click, making ‘dead-links’ a frustration of the past
  • Industry-leading levels of reliability and powerful delivery are coupled with local customer support, customer-specific usage reports which are COUNTER compliant, as well as on- and off-site training, to make Scopus a complete package for librarians and end-us

About University of Newcastle, Australia
The University of Newcastle was established in 1965 and has a student population of just over 20,000. Over 150 undergraduate and graduate programmes are offered via five Faculties - Business and Law; Education and Arts; Engineering and Built Environment; Health; and Science and Information Technology.

The University is an exceptional achiever in research with an international reputation for expertise in innovative approaches to teaching and learning. With campuses in both the Central Coast and Hunter regions of NSW, The University of Newcastle serves a community of around a million people.

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.