Largest university in the UK signs for Scopus

Amsterdam, 18 March 2005 - The University of Manchester has become the first UK customer to sign for Scopus, bringing customer levels past the 100 mark since Scopus’ launch three months ago. The University of Manchester is the largest university in the UK with 9,000 staff, 28,802 full-time-equivalent students and an income of £490.5m.

The University chose Scopus because it delivers to their scientists and allied researchers one-stop shop access to search results in a wide range of journals (14,000), web sites, patents and reports, particularly with a European emphasis, as part of the international coverage. Easier, faster searching using the world’s largest Abstract and Indexing (A&I) database, helps streamline the research process and ultimately impacts on research excellence. This is a significant benefit for the University of Manchester, credited with major scientific breakthroughs including work that led to the splitting of the atom and the development of the world's first modern computer. Historically, 23 former staff and students have gone on to become Nobel Prize laureates. The University has one of the largest academic libraries in the UK and one of the largest academic computing facilities in Europe.

According to Jaco Zijlstra, Director of Scopus, “Manchester has a reputation for being at the forefront in providing leading-edge electronic resources for its researchers. Scopus will become one of their most useful tools in bringing research concepts to fruition, enabling researchers to access relevant materials in a user-friendly way.”

Dr. Diana Leitch, Deputy University Librarian, The University of Manchester, who negotiated the deal, said, “Research is at the heart of the University. Scopus is a must-have research tool for our scientists. Our role in The John Rylands University Library is to provide the best quality resources so that our scientists can find, access and use the information they need. Scopus helps us deliver on our promise. It allows our scientists and allied researchers, particularly in biomedical areas, to focus on their research and utilise the vast information resources available to them in an effective way.”

Scopus has won high-profile customers in the corporate and academic sector since its launch in late 2004. Leading academic and corporate institutions in North America, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East have signed deals. The University of Manchester is one of the more than 100 quality-driven organisations who believe Scopus will positively impact on their research.

Scopus is currently running international roadshows enabling organisations to experience Scopus first hand and talk to the Scopus team. The sessions have been well received within the librarian community. The University of Manchester contract was signed with Dr. Leitch at one of the roadshows in the UK.

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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 the 3rd November 2004.

· Over 100 customers have signed up to Scopus since its launch

· 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 have just been awarded COUNTER-compliant status, as well as on- and off-site training, to make Scopus a complete package for librarians and end-users

About the University of Manchester
The University of Manchester, created from the merger of The Victoria University of Manchester and UMIST in October 2004, is the UK's largest university with 9,000 staff (over 3,800 academic staff) and 28,802 full-time-equivalent students and an income of £490.5m.

Research is at the heart of The University of Manchester. Many of the major advances of the 20th century began there, including work by Rutherford leading to the splitting of the atom and the development of the world's first modern computer. Historically, no fewer than 23 former staff and students have gone on to become Nobel Prizewinners. The University generates in excess of £100m in funding each year. The University’s commitment to research excellence is clearly demonstrated by investment in facilities which make such world-leading research possible.

The University of Manchester administers some of the most prestigious academic-related services and support facilities. These include one of the largest academic libraries in the UK and one of the largest academic computing facilities in Europe. The John Rylands University Library is the University of Manchester's library and information service. It is the largest non-legal-deposit academic library in the United Kingdom and supports all subject areas taught by the University. The JRUL provides its members with a large number of services and resources, including the most extensive range of electronic resources of any UK Higher Education library. A range of services is also provided for members of the public, schools and commercial companies. It holds more than four million separate items, including some of the greatest printed books and manuscripts.

Notes to Editors
For more information, or to speak with the Scopus development team, please contact the Scopus Press Office on +31 (0)20 305 1380 / + 31 (0) 6 150 71 701 or email

For information regarding The John Rylands University Library’s acquisition of Scopus, please contact Dr. Diana Leitch (

About Elsevier
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