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New Content Selection Committee Meets October 4th in Budapest

Amsterdam, October 4th, 2005 – Scopus®, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of research information, today announced that it has a assembled a Content Selection Committee that will be responsible for taking the scientific information “wish list” from users and prioritizing the addition of new content. The committee will meet on October 4th, in Budapest, Hungary for three days to build the framework for identifying content for inclusion in Scopus.

The Content Selection Committee is comprised of 20 of the world’s foremost scientists and professors and 10 subject librarians. Committee members come from all scientific fields and from all over the world – thereby ensuring that Scopus’ content is representative of the needs of the broad range of researchers and librarians that Scopus serves. Their collective expertise spanning many fields will help direct Scopus to resources that are both important and relevant to their respective communities for ultimate inclusion in Scopus. The goal will be to ensure that Scopus continues to remain the most comprehensive, unbiased and broad-based resource of scientific, technological, medical and social science research.

The launch of the content selection committee represents the first time an abstracting & indexing (A&I) database has created an independent external committee to guide content selection and future direction. As a result, Scopus is ensuring that its content coverage is completely unbiased and based purely on the needs of researchers and librarians themselves.

“Judging the quality and relevancy of scientific research is a complicated task that can be best accomplished by researchers, area specialists and librarians. I appreciate Scopus’ decision to leverage independent expertise across a broad range of disciplines to ensure that the most relevant and important information is easily accessible,” said Professor Peter Stambrook, Chairman of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center’s Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy.

Scopus will look to the committee to handle the following responsibilities:

  • Content selection – The committee is responsible for deciding what content is included in Scopus and giving approval to titles suggested by its user base.
  • Policy and strategy – The committee will set the policy for Scopus future content direction.
  • Functionality – The committee will contribute general feedback about Scopus’ content, ease-of-use and functionality.

“There are now more scientific findings published than ever before,” said Jaco Zijlstra, Scopus Director. “The only way to effectively incorporate new research is to listen to the scientific community and give them the control to decide which content is most significant and important to include. We’re excited that some of the most respected members of the community have agreed accept a seat on the committee and give us their guidance, feedback and support.”

About Scopus
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 300 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 14,000 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.

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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