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Scopus Content update: 75,000 book titles and counting

on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 13:53

"If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads." — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims (1876), Quotation and Originality.

With more than 75,000 additional book titles now indexed in Scopus (and another 45,000 planned for 2015), it is easier to uncover the bounty of literature supporting great intellect.   

The arts and humanities and social sciences represent more than 55% of the 75,000 titles (see graph below). Not surprising considering 80% of arts and humanities and social sciences output is published in books instead of journals (1).

Subject area coverage for Scopus book content
In a 2013 Research Trends article, Dr.

Scopus further increases interoperability with SciVal

on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:03

Instantly evaluate Scopus results in SciVal

On March 25, Scopus added the ability to directly export a list of Scopus documents to SciVal, Elsevier’s benchmarking and analytics product,to enable further analysis.Available to users with access to both products, the ‘Scopus to SciVal export’ feature reduces the number of steps when using the two products together.

This new feature further increases the interoperability between Scopus and SciVal, both products within the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio.

Here is how the Scopus to SciVal export works:

Step 1: The user enters a search in Scopus.

Step 2: From the search result page, the user selects the desired documents and adds them to a temporary Scopus list,
by going to the 'More’ option and choosing ‘Add to My list’.

 

Step 3: From ‘My list’ in Scopus, the user will see the option to ‘Export a list to SciVal’.

 

Step 4: Once in ‘My list’ the user is able to export the temporary list by clicking on the ‘Export your

Release Date: 
March 25 2015

Takeaways from the Times Higher Education MENA Universities Summit

on Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:45

Over the last year the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region has seen very exciting developments in terms of research growth. This was further established at the inaugural Times Higher Education MENA Universities Summit that was recently held in Doha, Qatar. M'hamed Aisati (Director Content & Analytics, Elsevier) was there to talk about Scopus content and the breadth of coverage in the region.

M'hamed’s presentation gave a broad overview of the interdisciplinary scientific information available in Scopus, while stressing the value of research metrics in order to assess efficiently ongoing research and current developments – an area where Scopus plays a key role given its breadth of content and focus on quality through content selection by the independent Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB).

M’hamed Aisati presenting about the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board

M’hamed Aisati presenting about the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board

A proof of concept for a top-30 MENA ranking was also presented by Phil Baty (editor at large, Times

The pursuit of happiness

on Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:59

What does it mean to be happy? On an individual level, a career, a family, a social life, a home, a hobby, education and health could define happiness. Happiness has long been a holistic approach based on the fundamental idea that material and tangible gain must be balanced with emotional and social well-being.

The International Day of Happiness is March 20th and was declared a holiday by the United Nations to celebrate the happiness of individual nations across the globe. Countries looked at Gross National Product and realized that simply looking at the bottom line in terms of income doesn’t define the well-being of the country as a whole. Social and environmental considerations are equally as important.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network releases an annual report that measures the happiness of 150 nations around the world. According to the 2013 report, the five happiest nations are: Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Sweden.

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Total eclipse of the sun (and who’s studying it)

on Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:17

Day will turn into darkness on Friday, March 20 during a total solar eclipse - a phenomenon which occurs when the moon's apparent diameter is larger than the sun's, blocking all direct sunlight. But no need to alarm; totality will only have a maximum duration of 2 minutes 47 seconds off the coast of the Faroe Islands.

Looking at Scopus content related to solar eclipse from 1836 to the present, it is interesting to see how scientific output is spread across an array of different disciplines, stretching from astronomy and planetary sciences to engineering, medicine, and social sciences.

Carrying significant impact upon existing energy supplies, solar eclipses are being studied by researchers across the globe. Focusing on the scientific landscape for research area “solar eclipse” in SciVal, we had a look at the top countries and institutions over the last 5 years (2010-2015). In terms of scholarly output (as well as total number of views), the leading countries are US, India and UK with

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! (+3 facts about the Irish research landscape)

on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:53

Celebrating Irish culture and heritage, Saint Patrick's Day is observed every year on March 17 in commemoration of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), patron saint of Ireland.

Before donning our green shirts and running to the nearest Irish pub for a pint of Guinness, we wanted to have a closer look at how Ireland is performing  in terms of scientific research and output.

Here is Ireland's overview in SciVal for the period 2012-1014:

As shown in the above chart, the color of the three-leaved shamrock also has its share in contemporary Irish research: 14.2% of all publications lie within the green subject areas (biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, agricultural and biological sciences).

Digging deeper into the Scopus-based data in SciVal, here are 3 things we found out about the Irish research landscape:

1. The top 3 institutions in terms of number of publications and total citations are: University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork.

2. The share of Irish

Celebrating the ultimate pi moment

on Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:49

Pi Day is observed annually on March 14, commemorating the famous mathematical constant π (pi) that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

On the occasion of Pi Day we dug through our Scopus math content: from a total of 2.3M+ results for subject area ''mathematics'', 71.4% of the content comes from journal articles, while 22.7% is derived from conference papers (compared to 82.3% and 15.1% respectively from one year ago).

You can view the complete breakdown below:

Read more about Elsevier mathematics journals and learn about free access to archived articles.

Did you know?

  • Albert Einstein's birthday also falls on March 14.

  • Pi Day 2015 is quite special, since there will be an instant when the first 10 digits of Pi are reflected on the (US) date/time format (3/14/15, 9:26:53).

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