QS Extends its Collaboration with Elsevier for its World University Rankings

Elsevier's Scopus data to be used for QS’ analyses and evaluation of global research

Amsterdam, June 18, 2015

QS, the leading global career and education network, and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced they will extend their cooperation. Elsevier will continue to provide the data as well as offer analytical services for QS's rankings, including its flagship QS World University Rankings®, QS Top 50 under 50, QS University Rankings Asia, BRICs and Latin America.

The data Elsevier will provide will continue to come from Scopus while the analytical services will come from SciVal – both are part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio.  Access to Scopus data will allow QS to analyze a maximum amount of research activity across the globe. Being able to additionally draw on SciVal, QS will have access to Elsevier’s latest research analyses and metrics which will offer meaningful and balanced ways by which universities can be compared.  

“QS was the first of the global rankings compilers to identify Scopus as an excellent source of data to assess research activity and excellence of universities globally,” explained Ben Sowter, Head of QS Division Intelligence Unit. “Since 2007, Elsevier has been an accommodating and cooperative partner; this renewal of our collaboration represents a deepening of our working relationship and we are looking forward to exploring some of the new opportunities that it brings.”

“Over the years QS has expanded their range of university rankings to cover the growing range of universities around the world,” said Nick Fowler, Managing Director Research Management. “In this way QS provides prospective students with a broad view of the individual strengths of each university. We are pleased to offer Scopus data as well as our analytical services through SciVal to help QS achieve their business goals.”


About QS
QS Quacquarelli Symonds was founded in 1990 and has established itself as the leading global provider of specialist higher education and careers information and solutions. At QS we believe that education and career decisions are too important to leave to chance, we want to ensure candidates have access to the best tools and the best independent expert information before making a decision.

Our activities span across 50 countries, working with over 2000 of the world's leading higher education institutions and over 12,000 employers. We provide services at each key career stage; first degree, Masters, PhD, MBA, and executive-level. www.qs.com

About Scopus
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and features tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly research. Its comprehensive database contains 55+ million items indexed from 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities. Scopus was designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians and features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and interoperability with applications such as reference management software. Scopus is part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio which includes the SciVal tools, the Pure system, rich data assets and custom Analytical Services.

About Elsevier Research Intelligence
Elsevier Research Intelligence is a comprehensive research information management portfolio which improves the ability to establish, execute, and evaluate research strategies. The portfolio includes the new-generation SciVal tool, the Pure system, and our custom Analytical Services, as well as rich data assets like Scopus, and the reference management technology of Mendeley. Elsevier Research Intelligence enables research organizations, funders, policy-makers, and individual researchers to make better decisions, improve collaboration, attract investment, and optimize expenditure - all to enhance research strategy, execution, and performance.

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. www.elsevier.com

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