The Scopus team always loves programs that help support early career researchers (check out these great free resources) and now there is some great news for postdocs!
Elsevier's Postdoc Free Access Program is back. The program is designed to help early career researchers who are between positions stay up-to-date in their respective fields. Eligible applicants can receive complimentary access to journals and books on ScienceDirect for up to 6 months. Researchers who currently do not have a research position and have received their PhD’s in the last 5 years or less can learn more about the program and submit their details through the following website: http://www.elsevier.com/journal-authors/an-opportunity-for-postdoctoral-scholars.
The deadline for applications is August 31, 2014. After applications have been reviewed, eligible candidates will receive a personal code that they can use to sign up for 6 months of free access to ScienceDirect.
Scopus is pleased to announce a new feature that will show users the Mendeley readership statistics of a specific article. The beta version of Mendeley readership statistics went live on March 7, 2014. This new feature shows how many times Mendeley users have downloaded a specific article to their libraries. Additionally, it also shows a demographic breakdown by discipline, academic status and country of origin.
As a complement to traditional citation metrics, Mendeley readership can demonstrate alternative types of academic influence. The most read article on Mendeley, “How to choose a good scientific problem” (Alon, 2009), has received five citations in Scopus but has 54,629 readers on Mendeley! Furthermore 23% of users with this article in their library are PhD Students. This appears to demonstrate that this article has a much larger impact than that captured by citations alone (retrieved March 6, 2014, view in Scopus / view in Mendeley).
Additionally, some early research into the relationship of Mendeley readership with traditional citations has found evidence supporting that Mendeley readership counts correlate moderately with future citations. If you are interested in digging deeper into the existing research on the meaning of Mendeley readership, we suggest starting with “Do altmetrics work? Twitter and ten other social web services” (Thelwall, Haustein, Larivière, & Sugimoto, 2013). A more comprehensive listing of research related to Mendeley readership statistics can be found in the altmetrics group on Mendeley.
We recognize that much research still needs to be done into the meaning of Mendeley readership. Toward this end, Mike Taylor of Elsevier Labs is helping to co-organize the altmetrics14 ACM Web Science Conference 2014 Workshop to be held on June 23, 2014. The goal of the workshop is to improve the understanding of Altmetrics (including Mendeley readerships) and their underlying social media platforms and technological challenges.
Scopus has shown the total Mendeley readership as well as other alternative metrics in the Altmetric for Scopus widget since June 2012. By adding the demographic breakdown of Mendeley
The Scopus team would like to give special thanks Mike Taylor of Elsevier Labs (http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8534-5985) for his efforts in developing this feature.
Some technical details: in the beta version, Mendeley readership statistics will only appear for articles where there is a DOI. Readership stats will also not display when using Internet Explorer, or when browsing using a secure (https) connection. For the short term, users may see different Mendeley readership counts in the Altmetric for Scopus widget because that data isn't refreshed as frequently as the Mendeley readership statistics which are displaying current readership. A future version is planned for Q4 2014 that will not have the limitations of the beta version.
You can share your feedback via our Scopus Marketing email address.
-Michael Habib, Sr. Product Manager, Scopus (http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8860-7565)
Alon, U. (2009). How to choose a good scientific problem. Molecular Cell, 35(6), 726–8. doi:10.1016/j.molcel.2009.09.013
Thelwall, M., Haustein, S., Larivière, V., & Sugimoto, C. R. (2013). Do altmetrics work? Twitter and ten other social web services. PloS One, 8(5), e64841. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064841
March 10 2014 - Stability has been restored.
March, 7 2014 - It appears we are having some technical difficulties. The Readership Statistics are not currently appearing consistently. We are examing the issue and hope to have it resolved early next week.
Elsevier’s latest mobile app, availabe on the Elsevier WebShop, is the publisher-neutral Research Highlights, which is free to anyone who needs to keep up to date with the new research that is being published in their field. The Research Highlights app harnesses the power of Scopus to let researchers track critical search terms across more than 20,000 peer-reviewed journals from hundreds of publishers.
Once you've downloaded the app and set up your preferences, you can check author-written bulleted highlights and/or the abstract to determine which articles to read in full. Then, with a single click, you can send a full text URL to your email inbox. Back at your desk you will find the selected articles waiting -- whether to print off, or read on a full-size screen. Your content licenses will also be recognized, ensuring seamless access to all the content you have rights to!
We think Research Highlights is especially handy because it allows users to follow new research from all important publishers through a single app. The app developers also recognized which parts of the literature search can be comfortably carried out on a mobile device and which parts are more easily performed back in your office (or offline). While it may be fine to scan article lists and read a few bullets or a short abstract on the small screen of a mobile device, lengthy full-text articles are not easy to consume that way.
Following our February 2014 release, there have been inquiries regarding which browsers Scopus currently supports. Scopus is now supporting the following browsers:
Internet Explorer 8
Internet Explorer 9
Internet Explorer 10
For optimal user experience on Scopus.com we encourage users to use Chrome or Firefox.
Note for IE7 users:
Scopus is currently compatible with IE7, however support is limited as the browser is nearing its End of Life (EOL) date.
Note for IE11 users:
IE11 is not yet supported by Scopus. Users that are experiencing problems with IE11 while visiting Scopus.com can switch on IE11 compatibility view to ensure proper display.
Instructions to turn on compatibility view:
1) Open IE11 and click on the tool icon on the upper right corner. Click on Compatibility View settings.
2) You will see the below popup. Click the ‘add’ button and then ’close’. The browser will automatically refresh and Scopus will be displayed properly.
Note for Chrome and Firefox users:
Previous versions of Chrome and Firefox are also compatible with Scopus.
Note for Safari Users:
Safari 5 for Windows is supported. Safari 5, 6 and 7 for Mac are compatible with Scopus.
The Scopus 10thanniversary release went live on February 1. The primary goal of the redesign was to optimize core workflows. This means effort was made to minimize the number of steps a researcher needs to take to accomplish a given task. Specifically, we focused on streamlining our interface to support the most common use cases.
For a detailed review of the changes, please view the video or read the full release notes (PDF).
Some highlights include:
- Easier Export: When selecting the export option, a pop-out screen appears that clearly indicates the primary reference managers such as Endnote and Mendeley, using logos. After a user exports once, settings are saved enabling them to complete their next export with one-click.
- New Direct Export to Mendeley: Enabling direct export to through the Mendeley Web importer from the Scopus interface
- Redesigned Author and Affiliation Profiles: The author profiles have changed substantially and now have a ‘CV-style’ design that allows for easier scanning of information such as h-index, documents and citations.
We are curious to get your feedback on the new release. You can share your feedback by emailing Scopus Marketing
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Join the Scopus team at ALA-Midwinter this upcoming Sunday for a special panel on "New Possibilities in Evaluation Metrics: Authors + Altmetrics = ?". The panel will take place in Elsevier booth #1207 on January 26 at 3:00 PM.
This panel brings together speakers whose work explores the intersection of new author-centric standards like ORCID with the fast growing altmetrics movement. Moderator Michael Habib, Senior Product Manager, Scopus, will challenge the panelists to address how new standards for author identification complement and support the altmetrics movement.
What is the relationship between author-identifiers such as ORCID and altmetrics? Altmetrics are commonly associated with article-level metrics, how do author-level metrics fit this picture? How can these new parallel initiatives work together to both foment revolution and simultaneously support the status quo which represents the majority of practicing researchers today? Where does the world of A&I fit in? What challenges are on the horizon? What will the future look like when the dust settles after the convergence of these trends?
Martin Fenner, MD
PLOS Technical Lead Article-Level Metrics, NISO Altmetrics project consultant, ScienceCard founder, former ORCID board member | http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1419-2405
William Gunn, Ph.D.
Mendeley, Head of Academic Outreach and co-directs the Reproducibility Initiative | http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3555-2054
Kristi Holmes, Ph.D.
Becker Medical Library Bioinformaticist and co-creator of the Becker Model for Assessment of Research Impact, VIVO Director of Outreach, ORCID Outreach Committee | http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8420-5254
Scopus, Senior Product Manager | http://orcid.org/0000-0002-8860-7565
We hope to see you there!
As the Scopus release on February 1 is quickly approaching, we would like to share more detailed information about the release and what major enhancements you will see. With this release, we have enhanced the core search experience by updating the Scopus user interface with theprimary goal to streamline the number of steps a researcher needs to take to accomplish the most common tasks.
You can find the Release Notes here: Scopus Release Notes 2014.1. For questions or to provide us with feedback, please email Scopus Product Marketing. We will try to answer all questions directly or via public forums such as the Scopus blog posts or in future .
With the upcoming release on February 1, we would like to share some information on one of the major enhancements that will make exporting references easier. What will change? First, on specific page in Scopus, whether it is the Results page, Document details page or the new export option on the Author details page, users will be able to export references in one click.
Currently, Scopus navigates to a new page when a user wants to export the selected references. As of the release, a pop-out screen will appear that clearly indicates the primary reference managers using logos. After a user exports once, his/her settings are saved enabling them to complete their next export with one-click. This is saved during the current session or across sessions for logged-in users.
In addition to general improvements to the export interface, a whole new export option has been added. A user will be able to export directly to Mendeley. Building on the support added for the Mendeley Web Importer in November 2013, a user will be able to export directly to Mendeley from within Scopus and save this preference to his/her Scopus profile.
Below, you can view screenshots of how the enhanced export pop-up will look on Scopus.com.
Pop-out panel clearly indicates the primary reference managers such as Mendeley:
Exporting results to Mendeley, the one-click option:
Mendeley default export settings during the session:
Mendeley preference will be saved during the current session:
You can share your feedback via our Scopus Marketing email address. Keep watching this blog for more news and updates.
With the upcoming release on February 1, we would like to share some information on the major enhancements that will affect the design of the Author and Affiliation pages. The purpose of these changes is to create a better overview of the performance of a certain Author or Institute.
The Author profile will get a ‘CV-style’ design that allows for easier scanning of the main column that includes information such as h-index, documents and citations. It will show the 20 most recent documents instead of the two that are currently in view. More documents will also show on the free Author profile version that researchers can view without having access to Scopus.
There will be a prominent ‘Follow this Author’ link that will help authors become more visible to their peers; this feature allows users to set up alerts for a when new documents are indexed for a specific author. Important links such as providing feedback on the Author profile, adding the profile to ORCID and setting citation alerts still remain. It will also now be possible to export all documents of an author for use in reference managers like Mendeley and RefWorks directly from the Author profile page.
The Affiliation page will have the same new look and feel as the Author page, easier to scan and key information is better grouped.
Below, you can view screen shots of how the new Author and Affiliation profile pages will look in the new interface.
New Author profile page:
New Affiliation profile page:
You can share your feedback via our Scopus Marketing email address. Stay tuned to this blog for additional updates.
Scopus and Ex Libris Primo collaborate to incorporate SNIP and SJR journal metrics in Primo’s search results ranking
Although the official notice went out in November, we thought this further integration with Ex Libris Primo was worthy of its own blog post. Scopus and Ex Libris®Group, a leader in the provision of library technology solutions, announced on November 18 a collaborative initiative to use the source-normalized impact per paper (SNIP) and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) metrics included in Scopus. Primo plans to use these article/journal metrics to calculate the relevance ranking for the Primo discovery service search results.
So what’s so great about SNIP and SJR? For SNIP, an important distinction is that it takes into account the fact that the frequency of citations varies from one field to another thus normalizing for field so that comparisons can be made. The SJR indicator combines several factors to produce a measure of the prestige of the citing source (some like to compare this to the way Google ranks pages).
With this new initiative, the SNIP and SJR metrics will be included in the Primo algorithm for calculating the relevance of search results. Also, the display of results will show these metrics to help users assess the scholarly significance of items appearing in their search results.
In our efforts to continuously improve the Scopus user experience, we plan to make important enhancements to the Scopus user interface in early February 2014. These product enhancements focus on streamlining the researcher workflow by optimizing the interface for core use cases. Over the next few weeks we will blog on specific changes as well as direct you to training materials.
One important change is that the user interface becomes more action driven; as a user selects certain results to work with (e.g. for refinement, citation analysis or to export references), the action buttons or links will become “active” and make the experience more intuitive. Another important change is that results page will be optimized for easier scanning of the search results. Below, you can view a screen shot of how the results page will look in the new interface.
You can share your feedback via our Scopus Marketing email address. Stay tuned to this blog for additional updates.
As part of our ongoing efforts to integrate more closely with Mendeley, we're happy to officially announce that as of last week Scopus supports the "Save to Mendeley" Web Importer. Importing documents and metadata from the web is a key part of a researcher's workflow and should be as smooth and intuitive as the search process. Our hope is that the combination of the Mendeley Web Importer with Scopus will help accomplish this goal, facilitating scientific discovery and maximizing productivity for researchers.
Scopus subscribers who are also Mendeley users can now import up to 200 documents at a time to their Mendeley Library via Scopus. The Web Importer retrieves all relevant metadata for the documents being viewed. This development follows the successful integration of the Web Importer with ScienceDirect which was announced in September on Mendeley's blog.
To learn how to install the Web Importer, visit Mendeleys blog post on the subject: www.mendeley.com/import/. Interested in giving us feedback on this new feature? We'd love to hear it -- tweet @Scopus to let us know what you think.