Scopus Forges Agreement with Major Publishers & Societies to Index Back Issues

Expanding the depth of Scopus' industry-leading coverage with 7 million records

Amsterdam – January 19, 2007 – Scopus®, the world’s largest abstract and references database of research information and quality Web sources, announced today that it has signed strategic content deals with a string of publishers and societies including Springer, the Nature Publishing Group, the American Physical Society, and the American Institute of Physics.

The decision to add more abstracts dating back to volume 1, issue 1 to all Scopus users at no extra charge, is based on feedback received through end user research programs and the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board. Both groups strongly recommend that bibliographic information including abstracts, rather than offering backfiles containing just the references, will significantly strengthen Scopus’ content, especially in subject areas where older materials are used more regularly. As a result, Scopus will focus on adding abstracts in subject areas such as Physics, Chemistry, and Social Sciences.

By adding these abstracts, not only is Scopus’ core coverage further strengthened, it reflects Scopus’ strong commitment to provide the most powerful navigation tool by enabling users to find all relevant articles required for effective research, including older material with their full text links.

All publishers that signed the agreement have digitized their full text content back to volume 1, issue 1. These agreements mark the start of an ambitious program to add 7 million records from these publishers in addition to Elsevier to complement and enrich the existing, 15 million pre-1996 records.

Tim Ingoldsby, Director of Business Development of the American Institute of Physics states that, "From a scientist’s view point Scopus will make it easy to search through our specialist content and ensure that all the relevant information needed to perform quality research is at your fingertips."

"It is very impressive to see how Scopus keeps enhancing its coverage and I am particularly pleased with the addition of these backfiles. It will boost results for a wide variety of users," says Julie Arnheim, Chemistry librarian from Princeton University.

"Loading these archives will disclose even more of our customer libraries’ digital collections," says Jaco Zijlstra, Director of Scopus, "and it will enhance our users’ ability to search and analyze data within one single tool."

As with all content added to Scopus, these backfiles will be included in the subscription price of Scopus. They will be made available to all existing customers on a continuous basis as they are loaded into Scopus starting in 2007.


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Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest and easiest to use navigation tool ever built. Scopus is designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 15,000 titles from 4,000 different publishers, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web & 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.

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