Scopus Launches Scopus Custom Data; a New Product for Research Analysis

Introducing specified datasets in XML format to enable large-scale research performance analysis

Amsterdam – May 16, 2007 – Scopus®, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research, today announced the launch of their new product Scopus Custom Data. Research agencies, institutions and government bodies will now be able to order customized datasets in XML format for large-scale research performance analysis. It will empower them to make well-informed, unbiased resource allocation and policy making decisions.

In line with Scopus' strategy to deliver research performance measurement tools, Scopus can now fulfill the needs of policy makers and administrators at all levels of the organization for high level evaluation reporting through Scopus Custom Data. The initial steps were to create tools and functionalities within Scopus for author and research evaluation, which has now grown to include this endeavor to support large-scale research performance measurement.

Scopus Custom Data will extract Scopus core records in accordance to each customer's individual specifications, such as date range, subject categories and geographic location. The XML data can then be loaded by customers into their proprietary in-house systems, making it possible for them to run their specific search queries and execute their own analytical techniques; providing the analyst with the freedom to formulate their own reports.

"The XML data from Scopus has allowed Academic Analytics to perform the most comprehensive research performance analysis because of its breadth of content and its clean structure" said Mark Shay, CEO Academic Analytics. "Having the ability to control and work with Scopus’ rich data is imperative to our product offering and competitive goals."

Organizations wanting to make unbiased policy decisions can benefit from the international and regional content Scopus offers. It will provide them with the most comprehensive global research perspective through its 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from 4,000 different publishers, covering: 15 million records that increase by at least 1.5 million records annually, 27 subject categories with over 300 subject classifications, and 245 million references back to 1996.

Additionally, Scopus Custom Data will enhance the analysis process with its accurate citation matching intrinsic to Scopus. This includes reference matching at 99% precision and 98% recall, making the Scopus citations counts highly reliable. Moreover, the clean, rich and structured data will save time and streamline the analysis.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to offer Scopus Custom Data to academic institutions and government agencies" says Jaco Zijlstra, Director Scopus, "this will enable analysts to analyze research performance with the most unbiased and accurate data geared specifically to their research needs."

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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 300 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 15,000 peer reviewed journals from 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 & 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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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.

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