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Journal Article: “A ‘basket of metrics’—the best support for understanding journal merit”

on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 20:17

Earlier this year, Dr. Lisa Colledge, Director of Research Metrics at Elsevier, published a Usage Guidebook and an article about the usage-based metrics and tools. Elsevier has made both available to help you analyze and understand the impact of research.

As a follow up to these efforts, a webinar was held to introduce the usage guidebook where participants were asked a number of questions about how they currently use and perceive usage metrics. Around 200 external participants joined from all over the world; the most-represented countries were the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Italy and Canada.

Many of the attendees previously participated in our SciVal Trends launch webinars, which introduced usage as a new data source in SciVal. Attendees ranged from visiting professors to vice deans and librarians to research development coordinators, all with a common interest in learning more about the application of usage metrics in research evaluation.

In some ways, usage data

The Scopus Article Metrics module: Pinpointing the best articles to read, fast

on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:28

Trying to decide what to read? Make more informed decisions with the new Article Metrics module in Scopus. It includes metrics based on four alternative metrics categories endorsed by the Snowball Metrics project and provides you with an at-a-glance look into how an article has been received, looking at both citation impact and levels of community engagement. 

To learn how to use the Article Metrics module, watch this 2 minute video, or follow the steps below.

  1. In Scopus, find and open a document that interests you
  2. From the document page, scroll down and look for the ‘Metrics’ sidebar on the right-hand side of the page
  3. The module displays the following information:
    • Citation Count and percentile benchmark
    • Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)
    • Mendeley Readership count and benchmark
    • Count of 1 type of Scholarly Commentary (e.g., blog posts, Wikipedia)
    • Count and benchmark of 1 type of Social Activity (e.g.,

6 easy ways to power up your academic community on Scopus

on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 21:17

Do you have what you need to inform new students and faculty, and reacquaint returnees, about the many uses of Scopus? Follow our checklist for 6 easy ways to refresh yourself and ready your community.

  1. Update your LibGuide and library website. Highlight new features and expanded coverage such as the:
    1. Addition of nearly 4 million pre-1996 articles
    2. Article metrics module
    3. Open access indicators for journals
  2. Promote the tool. Display a looping animated Scopus PowerPoint slide deck on screens throughout your library, and print posters to display at workstations. Download both from our “Promote Scopus” toolkit.
  3. Provide training materials. Our Get Started & Get Help page has an overview video that you can share or embed on your own website, and a printable quick reference guide. Use both to help users quickly learn the Scopus basics.
  4. Send out an introductory email. Customize our Scopus onboarding email template for your institution in a matter of minutes.
  5. Stay up-to-date. Sign up for the Scopus

Seamlessly integrate Scopus citation counts into your webpage

on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 16:19

Scopus APIs are a great way to showcase your research, your institution’s work and connect others with Scopus content and data. Additionally, anyone can obtain an API key and use our APIs free of charge, provided that our policies for using APIs and the data are honored.  You can learn about the variety of APIs available for Scopus on our new Scopus API page here.  We also thought it would be helpful to highlight the value each Scopus API provides, one post at a time, starting with this one on the Scopus Cited-by Counts API.

To provide an example of how Scopus APIs can add value, Victoria Rao, the Elsevier Product Manager responsible for both Scopus and ScienceDirect APIs, presents a personal example — using the Scopus Cited-by Counts API to add a dynamic display of her husband’s research accomplishments into his online publication list and CV.

So, rather than a simple list of his authored work, as seen here (figure 1),

Figure 1

Figure one: Publication list without the Scopus cited-by counts API

his publication list now seamlessly integrates the

Case Study: Energized innovation with Scopus

on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 21:05

At a global packaging manufacturer, Scopus is a key resource for the main information researcher. Like many researchers across all industries and types, the information researcher in this study uses Scopus to deliver reports that energize innovation and improve competitive development.

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To do this, the information researcher has to overcome two main challenges in her work; the limited timeframe in which to find the relevant information, and being able to understand exactly what the researcher needs – as the subjects and areas of interest vary greatly across the company. She "always recommends Scopus as the primary starting point for new research because it actually shortens the start-up time for new projects.”

The multidisciplinary aspect of Scopus is also a real benefit – she gave the specific example of ‘clean room technology’ which returned citations from a variety of disciplines – engineering, environmental science, pharmacology, energy and materials science.

Chrome 45 and Scopus Document Download Manager

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

On September 1, 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 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


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.