Toronto researchers first to get benefit from Scopus

University of Toronto signs up for Scopus pre-launch.

Amsterdam, 22 September 2004 - Researchers at the University of Toronto, Canada’s biggest academic institution, will be the first in the world to license Scopus, even prior to its commercial launch in November 2004. The University of Toronto library is delivering their scientists a proven aid to better results, following their decision to invest in Elsevier's highly anticipated, full-text-linking abstract and indexing (A&I) database. 

As one of twenty development partner institutions across the world, the University of Toronto has been working with the Scopus team to guide development of the new product, so it answers the needs of all its users. Throughout this two-year period, the library team has evaluated Scopus, giving them the confidence to commit to the product prior to launch. 

Marshall Clinton, Director of IT Services at University of Toronto Libraries and a Scopus development partner comments: “We have enjoyed being involved in the development and trial of Scopus. It has given us the opportunity to see how the product will fit into our portfolio of library offerings. After careful consideration we feel that Scopus offers a boost to research productivity at Toronto, and will become a highly valued information source. It is a product we believe in and are delighted to have.” 

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: “Scopus was developed to give users exactly what they wanted. The feedback from them has been positive to date and confirmed that we got it right. This commitment from the University of Toronto is a strong endorsement.” 

But while the University of Toronto was instrumental in bringing Scopus to the world, a decision to buy the product was not a foregone conclusion according to Andrea Schweikert, Scopus Sales Director: “There is no doubt that Scopus offers significant advantages but it wasn’t just a matter of turning up with the contract for signature. Since implementing an early version of Scopus, the University has seen the real benefits it offers. They were able to validate their decision on the basis of this positive user experience.” 

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Scopus Background

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 expected in 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 will be 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 the University of Toronto

Founded in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest and most distinguished university. Consistently ranked Canada's top research-intensive university by Maclean's magazine, U of T offers teaching programs in 17 academic divisions. Its programs are held on the historic St. George campus in downtown Toronto, on campuses in Mississauga and Scarborough and in nine fully affiliated teaching hospitals in Toronto.

Along with the diversity of a world-class university, U of T also offers the intimate scale of small college life. The university is composed of 10 colleges, each with a distinctive feel and sense of community. It has more than 150 student clubs and organizations on all three campuses and innumerable activities ranging from cultural events at Hart House to intercollegiate and intramural sporting activities.

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.