Elsevier/Impactstory agreement will make open access articles easier to find on Scopus

Scopus users will be able to search over 7 million peer-reviewed articles tagged as OA


Open access is growing across the industry, but it can be hard to know which articles are open and which are subscription. Being able to easily find and identify open access content saves researchers time and effort.

With Elsevier’s new partnership with Impactstory, a nonprofit that creates online tools to make science more open and reusable, researchers will soon be able to find open access content on Scopus more efficiently. Meanwhile, for university research offices, the expansion of OA-identified content in Scopus will enable improved strategic analysis and benchmarking.

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Jason Priem“The open access movement has done a great job of making content open, but it hasn’t always made this open content easy to find,” said Jason Priem, co-founder of Impactstory. “By partnering with Elsevier, we’re are able to get that OA content out there where it can be used. We think this is a key step toward a more powerful, universally open science communication ecosystem.”

The agreement will enable Elsevier to integrate document-level OA data from Impactstory’s Unpaywall database with Scopus content; identification and tagging of Scopus’ OA peer-reviewed articles will begin in August and roll out through November 2018.

Heather Piwowar, PhDImpactstory's other co-founder, Dr. Heather Piwowar, added: "Our goal is to boost the impact of open access by making it easy to discover. By integrating the Unpaywall database into the widely-used Scopus platform, we’re injecting a massive dose of open access into the workflows of millions of new researchers worldwide.”

Currently, Scopus users can filter search results to link to open access articles published in journals that are OA-only and which the publisher has proactively registered as OA through Crossref. Matching OA documents from Impactstory’s Unpaywall database with Scopus content will increase the amount of OA-tagged content in Scopus to over 7 million records. This will improve navigation and allow for trend analysis of publication models across research subject areas and countries.

The agreement is an example of both our organizations’ commitment to work on initiatives that support open science, ensuring that institutions and researchers have the resources that best support their workflows and reporting needs. We believe open science can benefit society and drive research performance across the wider research ecosystem.



Patrick Crisfulla
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Patrick Crisfulla

Written by

Patrick Crisfulla

Patrick Crisfulla is VP of Scopus at Elsevier. Patrick heads the Scopus product team and sets the strategy when it comes to how one of the largest abstract & citation databases should meet the evolving needs of researchers, institutions, national government and research funding bodies, and private ranking and assessment organizations. Previously at Elsevier, Patrick led teams that delivered digital solutions for medical profession societies and The Lancet and Cell Press journals.

Prior to joining Elsevier, Patrick held leadership positions at sister RELX companies LexisNexis and Reed Technology & Information Systems. At LexisNexis, Patrick worked on innovative internet marketing solutions such as Lawyers.com as well as others that combined content, software and patents data into market intelligence and business analytics.


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