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Chrome 45 and Scopus Document Download Manager

on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:28

On September 1st 2015, Google will release version 45 of their Chrome browser. Starting with version 42, the NPAPI plugin in Chrome was disabled by default but users can still work around this and enable it manually, as explained in our previous Scopus blog post here.

In order for the Scopus Document Download Manager (DDM) to work, it requires the NPAPI plugin to be present in the Chrome browser. With Chrome version 45 this plugin will be permanently removed and users will not be able to manually enable this again.

If you wish to keep using the Scopus DDM on scopus.com we would like to provide the following recommendations:

We are currently investigating an update for the Scopus DDM allowing future Chrome versions to be supported. We will keep you updated.

More information:

Chrome 42-44 manual workaround
NPAPI deprecation: developer guide
Chrome Help

 

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Case Study: Scopus improves productivity with better supportive documentation

on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 21:39

Scopus remains the solution of preference for researchers across all types of research institutions—academic, corporate, governmental. In this case study an information specialist and a senior scientist describe how Scopus is essential to their personal productivity in finding supportive documentation.

Case Study

The company that shared this with us provides high-quality biomarker-testing solutions for the diagnosis of critically ill patients. Compliance is key, as is the ever influential market factor of user-convenience. The company’s goal is to simplify the way they do things, so that their customers can do the same.

Scopus has been fully integrated into their working practices, fostering a collaborative environment for its R&D teams so that they can improve the way things are done within the company—ultimately helping their customers do the same.

Three ways to search for open access journals in Scopus

on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 21:32

On July 29, 2015 Scopus launched an open access (OA) indicator for journals indexed in Scopus. The indicator allows users to easily identify open access journals within Scopus via the ‘Browse Sources’ link. This link provides an alphabetical list of all journals, book series, trade publications and conference proceedings available in Scopus.

How to search for open access journals in Scopus:

Navigate to the ‘Browse Sources’ tab in Scopus and choose from the following options to search for open access journals (or watch the video below):

Option 1 (see image 1 below)

  • In the Browse box, click on the drop-down menu next to ‘Subject Area’ to select your subject area of choice
  • Also in the Browse box, tick the 'Open Access' check box: ‘Display only Open Access Journals’
  • Click on ‘Display Sources.’ This search will yield only open access journals which cover your search topic
  • Open access journals are indicated with an orange open access label

Image 1: Options in ‘Browse Sources’ to search for open

New Scopus Article Metrics: A better way to benchmark articles

on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 19:25

Altmetrics were never meant as a replacement to established metrics, rather as a way to augment mainstream bibliometrics. With the release of the new Article Metrics module on Scopus, we hope to bring altmetrics one step closer to dropping the “alt.”

The Scopus Article Metrics module was designed in accordance with 12 principles for the responsible use of metrics1 and includes new metrics based on four alternative metrics categories2 endorsed by the Snowball Metrics project:

  • Scholarly Activity — Downloads and posts in common research tools such as Mendeley and CiteULike
  • Social Activity — Mentions characterized by rapid, brief engagement on platforms used by the public, such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+
  • Scholarly Commentary — Reviews, articles and blogs by experts and scholars, such as F1000 Prime, research blogs and Wikipedia
  • Mass Media — Coverage of research output in the mass media (e.g., coverage in top tier media media)

“We believe no single metric tells the whole story — you need a

Release Date: 
July 29 2015

Scheduled maintenance for Scopus and other Elsevier platforms on Saturday, August 1.

on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:05

On Saturday, August 1, Scopus and other Elsevier platforms such as ScienceDirect, Engineering Village, Mendeley and SciVal will be unavailable due to a scheduled maintenance for approximately 4.5 hours starting at 06:00 PM EDT. Users will see a downtime message during this time period.

We recommend using the World Clock Time Zone Converter or a similar application to convert the announced planned outage time to your local time. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

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Release Date: 
July 27 2015

Breaking the 1996 barrier: Scopus adds nearly 4 million pre-1996 articles and more than 83 million references

on Mon, 07/20/2015 - 13:53

Scopus data has been growing exponentially over the last year — and perhaps not in the way you might expect. In the last 7 months, Scopus has added over 83 million pre-1996 cited references to nearly 4 million articles.

Currently, the average number of references per pre-1996 article is 22.9.

This has been achieved in two ways; by adding pre-1996 cited references to existing articles, and by adding article back files, including their cited references, from the archives of 36 major publishers, going back to 1970. Keep in mind that this is only the beginning. By the end of 2016 we anticipate that these numbers will grow to approximately 12 million* complete records for pre-1996 articles, contributing more than 150 million cited references. This is on top of the 1 billion plus references already included in Scopus today.

* Note: We expect to reach 10 million records by the end of this year.

Cumulative growth in Scopus of complete pre-1996 records
What does this mean for you, the researcher?

Scopus is not limited to post-1995 cited

Scopus to launch Open Access indicator for journals on July 29

on Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:48

On July 29, Scopus will launch an Open Access indicator for journals indexed in Scopus. This indicator will allow users to easily identify Open Access journals within Scopus via the ‘Browse Sources’ link. This link provides an alphabetical list of all journals, book series, trade publications, and conference proceedings available in Scopus.

About Open Access in Scopus

Out of the +21,000 active journals indexed in Scopus, 3,785 are currently (June 2015) registered as Open Access (OA) journals. OA refers to journals in which all peer reviewed scholarly articles are available
online without any restrictions.In Scopus, journals are registered as being OA journals only if they are registered as Gold OA or Subsidized OA at one or both of the following sources: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD).

Please note that in Scopus, Open Access is only registered on the journal level and not on the article level.

Release Date: 
July 29 2015

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