Scopus Data Plays a Key Role in the Reorganization of Kyushu University

University Uses Scopus Data to Create Management Strategy Map

Amsterdam February 7, 2008 – Scopus® today announced that Kyushu University is using its data to create and test QUEST-MAP, the management strategy map it developed to plan its reorganization. The University chose Scopus for its comprehensiveness and objective data, to help capture the current state of its research activities University wide. Scopus is now playing a pioneering role in enabling metric-based analysis of the University’s research output, providing Kyushu University with the information it needs to strategize for accelerated growth.

Japan’s falling birth-rate and the mounting competition in the global academic market continually challenges every university to excel at teaching, research, and management; expecting them to optimize their diversity and uniqueness. Kyushu University is the first Japanese university to develop and introduce a management-strategy map, called QUEST-MAP. The map provides a full schematic overview to plan the University’s reorganization efforts, aimed at “the formation of a world-class educational and research base.” However, since the data available to date forced the University to make decisions based on qualitative arguments, the organization sought to enhance its evaluation process with objective and reliable indicators; aiding the formation of winning management policies.

The Scopus product team and the Management Strategy Group of the President’s Support Office at Kyushu University, worked together to develop a macro view of the University’s research activities: the team tabulated the number of academic papers published in 27 subject areas from 2002 to 2006, then extracted and analyzed data focusing on the top 1% and top 5% of papers in terms of citations. This data was then used to derive the appearance rate of top-cited papers in each area and benchmarked against seven comparable universities.

Adjunct Professor Akihisa Adachi, leader of the Management Strategy Group of the President’s Support Office, was enthusiastic about the results of the implementation: “Scopus’ broad coverage of academic materials, combined with its ease of use and reliability, provide an excellent grasp of the scope of individual researchers in each subject area. Scopus is the appropriate tool to analyze the University’s diverse research activities from an objective, macro viewpoint. By using the analytical methods developed jointly with the Scopus team, we will be able to specify areas of research in which Kyushu University excels in comparison to other universities, including changes over time. We can also gain an objective assessment indicating key research areas in which improvement will be needed. We are now able to obtain one of the vital criteria to lead discussions based on objective data.”

“Analysis of research activities is not only a concern at the individual researcher level. We have seen rapid growth in the need for objective metrics at the organizational level and national level too”, said Niels Weertman, Director Scopus. “We are honored that Kyushu University, one of Japan’s most acknowledged universities, is using our data to aid the development of its management strategy.”

Kyushu University and the Scopus team plan to continue developing new analytical methods using Scopus in a bid to understand and analyze the levels and characteristics of its research from a wider range of perspectives and with improved objectivity.

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About Kyushu University
Kyushu University was established in 1911 as Kyushu Imperial University, the fourth of the nation’s Imperial Universities. Today, the institution incorporates 11 departments and 17 graduate schools (academic faculties) and is one of Japan’s leading national universities. Over almost a century since its foundation, Kyushu University has upheld a proud tradition of developing the people who shape modern Japan, awarding some 120,000 bachelor’s degrees and 70,000 postgraduate degrees. In recognition of its upcoming 2011 centenary, the University began consolidating its facilities on a single campus, Ito Campus from 2005, and is aggressively raising its profile in educational and research activities, both in Japan and around the world based on its slogan of “building a new century of knowledge on one hundred years of tradition”.

About Management Strategy Group of the President’s Support Office, Kyushu University
The Management Strategy Group was established as part of the University’s reorganization of October 1, 2007, as an organization under the direct control of the University president. The Group consists of two full-time and five concurrent office staff members. These staff members will play a central role in supporting the planning of the next medium-term goals and medium-term plans, scheduled to start in 2010, and are leading the implementation of QUEST-MAP as the basis of the current medium-term goals and medium-term plans.

QUEST-MAP is a bird’s-eye view of Kyushu University’s reorganization project, the objective of which is to make the University a “world-class educational and research base.” Using the framework of a “balanced scorecard” (BSC), QUEST-MAP aims to create a rough sketch of the Kyushu University reorganization, enabling anyone to grasp the status of reorganization at a glance. In May 2007, Kyushu University QUEST-MAP was created and tested, as an overview of Kyushu University’s overall management strategy. Also, at present seven of the University's departments are working on Departmental QUEST-MAPs for the purpose of independently illustrating their roles in this management strategy. For details, please visit the appropriate section of the University website, at the URL below: (Japanese)

About Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus is designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web and patent searches directly from its clean and simple interface. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit

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.

Media Contact:
Regarding Kyushu University and QUEST-MAP:
Adjunct Prof. Akihisa Adachi
Management Strategy Group, President’s Support Office, Kyushu University
Tel.: +81-92-642-7006

Regarding Elsevier and Scopus:
Nami Kanda
Elsevier Japan K.K.
Tel: +81-3-5561-5069