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Five steps to creating a citation overview in Scopus

on Mon, 05/23/2016 - 17:16

In a recent Scopus Webinar, Scopus Product Manager, Kai Wan, joined us to share some best practices on how to use Scopus analysis tools in your research. In this tip & trick, we focus on the Citation Overview tool, which Kai covers in minutes 00:11:03–00:15:18 of his presentation. If you missed the live webinar, you can watch it anytime here.

The Scopus Citation Overview tool offers an interactive way to:

  • View the citation trend for a set of documents
  • Find all publications citing a specific document (or set of documents), and
  • Discover the overall impact of publications in a research area.

Before creating a Citation Overview, here are 2 key points to remember:

  • To use the interactive table within Scopus, select no more than 2,000 items at a time.
  • If you want to analyze a results list >2,000 (and up to 20,000),you will be prompted to request a direct export and receive the information as a .csv file

Tip: It is best to first improve the accuracy of your results set before creating a

Scheduled maintenance for Scopus on Sunday, May 22

on Fri, 05/20/2016 - 23:35

On Sunday, May 22, 2016, Scopus will experience a brief service outage due to scheduled maintenance.The service disruption is expected to be short and will occur between the hours of 7:00 a.m. EDT (11:00 a.m. GMT) and 11:00 a.m EDT (3:00 p.m. GMT).

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

To stay informed about service updates and product enhancements, we invite you to follow this blog or our other social media channels.

Release Date: 
May 22 2016

Why the National Science Foundation (NSF) chose Scopus data for the Science & Engineering Indicators report

on Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:15

Every 2 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) releases its Science & Engineering Indicators report, widely acknowledged as the definitive source of information on US

research trends. This report is mandated by the US Congress and although it is policy neutral and does not make recommendations, the information and trends revealed help guide policy makers and influence strategic planning and benchmarking for universities and state governments.

This year the NSF chose a new data provider for the report, Scopus. Why Scopus? The answer can be found in the report itself, “[a]lthough the United States has dominated S&E [Science & Engineering] publication activity for decades, it has long been hypothesized that…the developing world would…eventually reach parity with the United States (Price 1963). Tracking this growth accurately requires broad global coverage of S&E publications.” Scopus meets that need for broader global coverage, and with high quality bibliometric data.

Re-evaluation: Maintaining high-quality content in Scopus

on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 02:29

Almost a year ago we announced the launch of the new Re-evaluation program for Scopus content. This program was created as an incentive for journals to maintain their high content quality. When a journal is originally suggested for Scopus, it must undergo a rigorous evaluation and selection process to ensure it meets all the high-quality title selection criteria required for acceptance into Scopus. However, journals must also demonstrate the ability to maintain their quality status year over year.

An additional focus for the first year of the re-evaluation program was to ensure all journals met the same baseline of quality standards. When Scopus launched in 2004, content originally came from different sources with different levels of evaluation.  Over time, evaluation criteria for new titles has evolved to become stricter and standardized.

Celebrating Earth Day: SciVal and Scopus investigate

on Fri, 04/22/2016 - 15:56

Today, April 22nd is Earth Day and we celebrate this day with a joint SciVal and Scopus infographic. Now in its 46th year, Earth Day aims to promote a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change and protect the Earth for future generations.

In 2015, Elsevier’s Analytical Services team in collaboration with SciDev.Net wrote a report about the global research landscape that surrounds the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Sustainability in Science report focused on 6 key themes, one of which was the “Planet”. In celebration of Earth Day, we used the same search terms for the “Planet” theme in both SciVal and Scopus to take a look at the researchers, institutions and countries working in sustainability science.

Check out the infographic available now on our info site.

Scopus undergoes testing to improve your search experience

on Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:45

A few weeks ago, we posted on the importance of A/B testing and how it allows us to make better data-driven decisions about how to improve Scopus. In part two, we will focus on improvements to Scopus search that will start this coming week. This work will enable us to move forward with improvements to the search experience. For example, due to timing differences during processing, citation count values may appear to be different from (e.g. between search results and citation overview). This asynchronicity will be resolved once the changes are complete.

During this time, below are some of the things you may notice:

  • Search results: You might observe slight changes in the number of results returned. Or the ordering of results for the same search at different times (but not during a single session) could be different. Two different users at the same institution, or one person using multiple computers such as at home vs. at work, may see differences in search results.
  • Alerts and saved

6 simple search tips: Lessons learned from the Scopus Webinar

on Sun, 04/10/2016 - 22:20

Gillian Griffiths, Senior Scopus Product Manager and search specialist, recently held a webinar sharing "Scopus search tips to make your research more effective." In case you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

First, it’s important to know that the data in Scopus is highly structured; every piece of information is tagged, even down to the initials of the author in a reference inside an article’s list of references. This is what ensures that your search will be precise and return reliable results, and also differentiates Scopus from web search engines (watch minutes 00:09:30-00:12:43 to learn more).

As put by Gillian in the webinar, search is the process of "connecting the question in your head to the information inside the 61+ million items in Scopus."  So, what do you need to know in order to get the best results for your question? Here are 6 key things to keep in mind:

Corresponds to minutes 00:12:57-00:26:52 of the webcast:

1. Loose phrases vs. separate words

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