Scopus announces launch of the user-friendly Scopus Journal Analyzer

New feature empowers researchers and librarians to evaluate and compare journals using article and citation data

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, May 23, 2008 - Scopus®, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, today announced the launch of the Scopus Journal Analyzer, a new feature available to all subscribers that enables users to easily evaluate and compare journals using article and citation data. This new feature empowers researchers and librarians by providing them with a quick and transparent overview of the performance of individual journals.

Researchers around the globe are in continuous need of journal comparisons while making important decision – simply whether or not to publish in a particular journal, which journals to track for research purposes, whether to review manuscripts or join editorial boards. The new Scopus Journal Analyzer can greatly simplify this decision-making process, leaving more time for researchers to be productive with their own research.

Dr. Juan Gorraiz from Wien University in Austria says about the Journal Analyzer: “This new feature gives me a good overview of a selection of journals at one time, and provides me with the insights I need before I move on to the detailed analysis. I particularly like being able to calculate my own indicators from my own analysis.”

The Scopus Journal Analyzer enables users to select and compare up to 10 journals simultaneously using three distinct graphical representations of their performance over time. The first displays the total number of citations the selected journals receive over the course of each year. The second shows the number of articles published by each journal over time. The third provides the number of citations received in that year, regardless of the publication date of the cited document, divided by the total number of documents published in that year.

Updated every two months, the Scopus Journal Analyzer will provide accurate, up-to-date journal overviews, allowing users to focus on the actual analysis and make clear, well-informed decisions.

“We are delighted to bring a solution to market that will improve the productivity of its users,” says Niels Weertman, Director Product Management Scopus. “We created this powerful tool with the help of multiple focus groups and user tests, so we are confident it addresses their real needs. Ultimately, the Scopus Journal Analyzer will assist researchers in comparing journals on an equal basis and ensure that librarians are able to allocate their budgets in the most efficient manner possible.”

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