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Earth Day 2014: Making a positive impact on science

on Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:17

April 22 2014 is Earth Day

The date for Earth Day was chosen because April 22 fell between the academic spring break and final exams. Choosing that time of year meant students would likely be available to celebrate and recognize the day. In addition to post-secondary students taking a break, April is the month when many elementary and secondary school science fairs conclude.

 

For me, this year’s Earth Day marks the end of a 6-month journey to a middle school science fair. Last October my 13 year-old son was tasked with conducting a scientific experiment, producing a paper and presenting the results. Working for a scientific publisher, I had grand visions of developing a young scientific writer who one day would be cited in Scopus and published on ScienceDirect. The reality was a little different. Overwhelmed by the scope of the project, my son was quick to bury the instructions in his backpack.

 

It became apparent to his teacher, dad and me that we had to break down the assignment into steps he could

Scopus releases minor enhancements to results page

on Wed, 04/09/2014 - 17:11

Based on user feedback received since the redesign of Scopus, additional improvements have been made to the interface. On April 9 we have released the following updates:

 

  • Numbering of the search results on the document results page;
  • Additional information on hover-over in the ‘Source’ column on the results page, such as volume and issue number.

 

To provide feedback on these enhancements, feel free to email us at Scopus Marketing.

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April 9 2014
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Behind the scenes: the Scopus product team (III)

on Tue, 04/08/2014 - 13:47

Part III of our "who are the people that work on Scopus?" series. In their own words, the Scopus Product Management team describes who they are, what their role is on the team and what they like most about working on Scopus and at Elsevier.

 

Gillian Griffiths, Senior Product Manager

 

Gillian Griffiths, Senior Product Manager
Tell us about yourself.

From Liverpool, studied Biology/Psychology at University of York. I've worked at Elsevier in the Netherlands since 1984 – so Scopus launch coincided with my 20 year jubilee. Started as Desk Editor in Life Sciences publishing; involved in launch of Elsevier’s first online journal – Gene-Combis – in 1995, then supervised building of more scalable online journal systems for publishing (before ScienceDirect was ready), enabling portals like Parasitology Online. I also helped develop early online submission systems.

Scopus content update: Books Expansion Project

on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:19

In mid-2013 Scopus launched the Books Expansion Project to increase the Arts and Humanities content in Scopus and the project has been steadily moving along. To date, you can see more than 30,000 books in Scopus!

 

How do we select books to index? The selection policy for books content is on a publisher level (no individual book suggestions are considered), taking into account aspects such as: reputation of publisher, size and subject area of books list, availability and format of book content, publication policy and editorial mission and quality of published books content. Full bibliographic metadata will be indexed as well as abstracts (where available), author and affiliation information and cited references.

 

  1. Subject areas: Focus on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities, but also Science, Technology & Medicine (STM)
  2. Coverage years: Back to 2005 (2003 for A&H)
  3. Number of books: 75,000 by the end of 2015; 10,000 each year thereafter
  4. Book types: Monographs, edited volumes, major

Behind the scenes: the Scopus product team (II)

on Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:00

Part II of our "who are the people that work on Scopus?" posts. In their own words, the Scopus Product Management team describes who they are, what their role is on the team and what they like most about working on Scopus and at Elsevier.

 

Jessica Kowalski, Global Market Development Manager

 

Jessica Kowalski, Market Development Manager, Scopus
Tell us about yourself.

I have worked in technology and research for over 10 years in both the public and private sectors. A science and literature geek at heart, I’ve found myself at home at Elsevier for the last 4 years. Though my home base is NY, I travel extensively in North America, Europe and Asia for both business and personal purposes.

 

How do you describe your role on the Scopus Product team?

Global Market Development Manager – Responsible for growing the Scopus business in new and existing markets.

 

What is your favorite part about working on Scopus (and at Elsevier!)?

The travel.

 

What’s your favorite feature or search to run in Scopus?

Really love exporting the

Behind the scenes: the Scopus product team

on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 22:18

So who are the people that work on Scopus? We thought it was time to let you meet them, in their own words. Rather than overwhelm you, I'll break this up into a few smaller groups. I asked everyone on our team the same 4-5 questions and here is what they had to say. My own "interview" is still to come...

 

First up, Senior Product Managers Dr. Wim Meester and Michael Habib and Market Development Manager Becky Brown.

 

Michael Habib, Senior Product Manager

ORCIDorcid.org/0000-0002-8860-7565

Twitter: @habib

 

 How do you describe your role on the Scopus product team and what's your story?

Michael Habib, Scopus Senior Product Manager

As Senior Product Manager for Elsevier's Scopus, I am currently focused on altmetrics, author profiling, and Mendeley integration. I also serves as an ORCID Ambassador and on the NISO Alternative Metrics Initiative Steering Committee. Prior to joining Elsevier, I worked at the print-on-demand publisher Lulu.com.

Scopus content update: the Arts & Humanities

on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:20

Scopus turns 10 this year (!) and we are doing a bit of looking back – and looking forward – to see how the database has grown from both a user and content perspective. One area that we thought would be interesting to focus on is the specific improvements Scopus has made in the coverage of the Arts & Humanities; below is a brief overview of a few content enhancement projects.

 

2008/2009

In 2008, Scopus covered approximately 2,000 Humanities titles. In 2009, to further increase the number of Humanities titles in the database, project MUSE and the initial ERIH list were used to identify additional relevant titles that could be reviewed via the Scopus Title Evaluation Process (STEP).

 

2011

A similar content expansion project was undertaken in which the coverage of the revised ERIH list, the Social Science Citation Index, the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the titles list of Evaluation Agency for Research and Evaluation, France (AERES), and the Humanities journal indexes Cairns

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