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Service Announcement: Scopus experiencing issues with search

on Wed, 11/26/2014 - 14:49

Update:

We are pleased to report that the issue with our search engine has been resolved, particularly with respect to cardinality and associated features. We are monitoring the system closely.

 

At the time of this writing, the Scopus and ORCID Author Feedback Wizard tools are still offline, but we expect them to be back online shortly. As soon as those wizards have been re-activated, we will post a notification here, to the Scopus blog.  Please stand by. 

 

Again, thank you for your patience. 

 


Original post:

Scopus is experiencing an issue with its search engine, particularly with respect to cardinality. This means that in many instances, searches are returning incorrect record counts, incorrect document and citation counts, etc. despite the fact that the records themselves are in the index. Side effects include degraded h-index calculations, and author publication counts. Other issues are becoming clearer as we monitor help desk reports.

 

We believe we have identified the root

Research Trends: Special Issue on the 10 years of Scopus

on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:49

 

Since its launch in the fall of 2004, Scopus has established itself as the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature. In honor of the 10th anniversary of Elsevier’s bibliographical database, Research Trends recently published a Special Issue that looks back on these 10 years and illustrates how Scopus can be used in bibliometric studies of trends in the global science system.

 

For one of the issue’s contributions, Dr. Gali Halevi and Dr. Henk F. Moed conducted a comprehensive search on all Scopus data (limiting the results to full research articles only), coming up with a list of the most frequently cited articles published between 2001 and 2011 in eight main research areas. According to their findings, these were the top cited articles per research area:

 

Agricultural and Biological Sciences

MEGA4: Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis (MEGA) software version 4.0 (2007)

Molecular Biology and Evolution, Vol. 24, No. 8, pp. 1596-1599.

 

Arts & Humanities

Times Higher Education choose Scopus data for its World University Ranking

on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:21

 

As you can tell from this post’s title, we have some great news on the Scopus front today!

 

Times Higher Education (THE), a global leader in university rankings, has today announced their decision to work with the Scopus database and SciVal, Elsevier’s research metrics analysis tool, for its World University Ranking and other rankings including the 100 Under 50, Asia University and BRICS & Emerging Economies rankings.

 

 

THE Managing Director Trevor Barratt has this to say about the newly minted partnership, “Research publication data for the rankings will in the future be drawn from Elsevier’s Scopus database. The new data source will allow us to analyze a deeper range of research activity from a wider range of institutions than at present, including those institutions from emerging economies that account for a growing portion of the world’s research output and which have shown a great hunger for THE’s trusted global performance metrics.”

 

 

This is a great endorsement

Scopus Chosen by US News & World Report for Arab Region Ranking

on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 17:08

 

On Tuesday, November 4, at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar, U.S. News & World Report, a leading U.S.-based publisher of education analysis and rankings, unveiled the inaugural Best Arab Region Universities rankings.

 

We’re pleased to announce that U.S. News' Best Arab Region Universities rankings, which focus on institutions’ academic research, are based on research data from Scopus and metrics powered by SciVal!

 

The ranking methodology weighs factors that measure research productivity and performance, using a variety of bibliometric indicators such as publications and citations. Each ranked Arab region university has a profile page on usnews.com displaying contact information and detailed ranking indicators. The overall rankings include 91 universities in 16 countries; there are also separate rankings in 16 subject areas, including key fields such as computer science, engineering, medicine, mathematics and social sciences.

 

Using the

The Nobel laureates in Scopus

on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:23

 

The winners of this year’s Nobel Prizes in Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Economics have all published with Elsevier, making pioneering contributions to science and medicine. We are honored to work with these extraordinary scientists, who have also served as editors, editorial board members or reviewers for different Elsevier journals.

 

You can discover more about the Nobel laureates and their research by looking at their Author Profiles on Scopus and reading a selection of their output.

 

Medicine or Physiology

John O'Keefe - click to view his Scopus author profile

May-Britt Moser - click to view her Scopus author profile

Edvard Moser - click to view his Scopus author profile

Read a selection of their research papers

 

Physics

Isamu Akasaki - click to view his Scopus author profile

Hiroshi Amano - click to view his Scopus author profile

Shuji Nakamura - click to view his Scopus author profile

Read a selection of their research papers

 

Chemistry

Eric Betzig - click to view his Scopus author

Scopus Content Selection Advisory Board meeting commences

on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:50

The Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board meeting starts today and as always, we are looking forward to the lively discussion on topics such as: publication ethics, title evaluation processes, content expansion and ongoing content development programs such as the Cited References Expansion -- and much more.

 

Recently it has come to our attention that more clarity is needed regarding the work that the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board does throughout the course of the year.

 

Board members are (independent!) experts in their respective fields and also experienced journal editors. Quality is their main criteria when selecting journals for Scopus coverage. In addition to their thorough work throughout the year, Subject Chairs meet twice per year to talk in-person about important issues in the scientific publishing community.

Scopus h-index being updated to include content from 1970 to the present

on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:08

The Scopus Cited Reference Expansion, announced in March, is well on its way. Our October 23 release saw the expansion of the h-index publication window to 1970. The previous publication window was from 1996 onwards.

 

As a result, the Scopus Author Profile page may show an increase of the h-index count for some authors. These changes in the h-index count are also visible in the author profile in “Analyze author output” h-index and the Cited by (citations) tab. Moreover, it also expanded the publication window of the “Citation Overview” tool.
 

Why was this done: The h-index timeframe has been lengthened to 1970 in preparation for the Cited References Expansion project. The first batch of pre-1996 cited references will start appearing in November.

 

What is the impact to the h-index: Prior to this release the h-index was only calculated using post-1995 publications. Authors that have published work prior to 1996 may now see an increase in their h-index, even though no pre-1996

Release Date: 
October 24 2014

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