Scopus to light up Las Vegas research

University of Nevada, Las Vegas signs up to Scopus pre-launch.

Amsterdam, 2 November 2004 -The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is the second institution in the world to license Scopus, before its commercial launch on 3rd November 2004. The University is offering their scientists a tool to ensure better search results, following their decision to subscribe to Elsevier's highly anticipated, full-text-linking abstract and indexing (A&I) database.

As one of the twenty-one development partner institutions across the world, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has been working with the Scopus team since November 2003. “We were happy to be involved,” said Reeta Sinha, Head of Collection Development at University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries. “The opportunity to have direct input to the product was very important. The process has delivered a product we feel will benefit our faculty and students and we are thrilled to offer Scopus at the Libraries.”

As part of a rapidly growing institution in the US, the UNLV Libraries are looking for solutions to meet the growing needs for comprehensive scientific content for research and instruction. But it wasn’t just the amount of full text links and content in Scopus. “We’ve been surprised at how easy Scopus is to use,” comments Reeta. “There has been no need for expensive or lengthy training courses. Our users just log in and find results.”

Jaco Zijlstra, Director of Scopus, says this early deal is due to Elsevier’s partnership with the universities around the world who helped the Scopus team realize their vision. “This sale endorses all the hard work we have put in with our development partners, to create a product that meets user needs.”

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Scopus Background

§ Scopus will launch commercially tomorrow, on 3rd November 2004 at the Science Museum, London, UK

§ Scopus is Elsevier's highly anticipated, full text-linking abstract and indexing (A&I) database

§ The first fully functioning version of Scopus was released to select libraries for final testing and user trials on 15th March 2004. Full commercial release of Scopus is on 3rd November 2004

§ Scopus was conceived solely in response to librarian and user requirements, and is the result of a two year collaboration with librarians and researchers at over 20 of the world’s foremost institutions

§ At the heart of Scopus is the biggest A&I database of scientific literature ever assembled, covering titles from over 4000 STM publishers. Scopus also simultaneously searches the scientific Web using the science-only Internet search engine, Scirus

§ The Scopus user interface offers easy-to-use searching straight from the home page and intuitive browsing tools

§ Users can link to their entitled full-text articles in one click, making ‘dead-links’ a frustration of the past

§ Industry-leading levels of reliability and powerful delivery are coupled with local customer support, customer-specific usage reports which will be COUNTER compliant, as well as on- and off-site training, to make Scopus a complete package for librarians and end-users

About University of Nevada, Las Vegas

UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution with nearly 27,000 students and approximately 850 faculty members. More than 200 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees are offered. Founded in 1957, UNLV is located on 337 acres in dynamic Southern Nevada. The university is ranked in the category of Doctoral/Research Universities-Intensive by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For additional information about UNLV, please contact Hilarie Grey, Director of Public Affairs, at (702) 895-3102.

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