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New Scopus Article Metrics: A better way to benchmark articles

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

Altmetrics were never meant as an alternative 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

Release Date: 
July 29 2015

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

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

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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.

Scopus OA journal indicators

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

Use Scopus to determine which sources an author cites most

on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 17:49

Recently a librarian posted to @Scopus on Twitter about gathering statistics on an author’s citation trends. Here’s a way you can use tools on the Scopus author profile page to determine which sources an author cites most frequently.

  1. Perform an <Author Search> and search for the author of interest
  2. Find the correct author from the results list and click on the author’s name
  3. From the author’s detail page, find the ‘Author History’ box on the right and click on the number next to <References>
  4. This opens the search results window and lists the references the author has cited across his or her publications
  5. Click on <Analyze search results> and open the <Source> tab
  6. Here you’ll not only see a list of the top sources the author references (and number of documents from each source), but you can also use the graph to view even more details, or create a chart in which you can compare journal metric values.
  7. You can also export, print and email the information from the charts

To see this done, watch

4 ways to view and use the 2014 Scopus journal metrics

on Wed, 07/15/2015 - 17:30

Whether you are an author investigating where to submit your paper, an editor evaluating your journal’s performance or a librarian reviewing the impact of your investments, it is important to know how journals compare to each other. With the 2014 journal metric values for the Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and Impact per Publication (IPP) live in Scopus, now is a good time for evaluation and comparison.

All journals included in Scopus receive journal metric values — and the extensive, global coverage of Scopus means you can evaluate any journal’s role in the scholarly publication landscape, regardless of whether or not they are included in Impact Factor assessments.  Additionally, over 22,000 serials across science, social sciences and the arts and humanities also receive citation performance metrics in Scopus.

Here are 4 ways you can view and use the 2014 journal metric values:

  1. From the Scopus home page, go to ‘Browse sources’ and search for an

Scopus to cease support of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) on October 1

on Tue, 07/07/2015 - 07:54

Per 1 October 2015, Scopus will no longer support Internet Explorer 8. This is a few months ahead of Microsoft’s official discontinuation date of January 2016. For more information please visit Microsoft’s support page.

By removing IE 8 from our support list we will be able to provide the following future enhancements for you:

  • Remove current IE 8 security issues
  • Enhance existing security measures
  • Add support for new browser technologies
  • Add responsive design
  • Improve accessibility

In order for our users to continue benefitting from Scopus’ new features and functionalities, we would like to recommend upgrading your browser to IE 9 or higher, use Google Chrome or Firefox browsers.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

 

Release Date: 
July 7 2015

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