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Case Study: Improved productivity in pharmaceutical R&D

on Sun, 11/29/2015 - 20:13

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The challenges in the pharma industry are well known. A low rate of NCE (new chemical entities) being brought to market; the expensive, timely clinical trial; and stringent regulatory procedures combined put pharma under pressure to increase productivity and carefully select and fulfil unmet medical needs.

In this case study, a health economist and a patent counsel share their thoughts on why Scopus plays an integral role in their strategic marketing and product defense roles. The health economist works in the global product strategy department, looking at pipeline products and benchmarking them against products already in the field, studying new investigations on existing products, and evaluating pharmacoeconomic studies and quality of life issues. Using Scopus, he is able to quickly gain an overview on the relevant therapeutic areas – using the information he finds as a springboard into the health economics analysis to make informed strategic recommendations.

Scopus has added 5 million pre-1996 articles and over 93 million references - and we’re not even half-way

on Thu, 11/26/2015 - 16:06

As of this week, Scopus has added 5 million pre-1996 records including over 93 million references to the database. This has been done in two ways: by adding pre-1996 cited references to existing articles in Scopus and by adding article back files, including their cited references, coming from archives from various publishers, going back to 1970.

This milestone is the result of the ongoing Scopus Cited Reference Expansion Program initiated in March 2014 that aims to include cited references in Scopus going back to 1970 for pre-1996 content. The goal of this expansion program is to further enhance the ability for Scopus users to perform long-term, extensive bibliometric and historic trend analyses – and to enhance and further complete the h-index for researchers who published pre-1996.

Archives already completed include the following publishers: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). American Physical Society (APS), Karger Publishers, Royal

Release Date: 
November 26 2015

Scopus book expansion project nearly complete

on Fri, 11/13/2015 - 14:03

This week the first ever #Academic Book Week is happening throughout the UK and beyond. Academic Book Week is a series of events, competitions, promotions and social media activity, all taking place from November 9-16, 2015.

Why does Scopus care about books? Increased coverage of Scopus book content provides researchers, especially those working in book-based disciplines, a broader frame of reference to complement what is published in primary research journals. It also allows for bibliometric and citation analysis of that content.

When we started the Book Title Expansion Project, we originally aimed to add 75,000 new books – a number that was already reached in February this year. By the end of this year Scopus will have indexed 120,000 book titles! And when the project formally ends this year, we will continue to invest in books content in order to index an additional 20,000 titles per year.

Publishers and content covered in the Books Expansion Project
The books that are added to

Release Date: 
November 13 2015

2015 National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) Scopus Young Scientist Awards

on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 23:31

New Delhi, September 22, 2015Elsevier and the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)  announced the winners of the 2015 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards.

Contributed by Manish Uniyal, Marketing Manager

The Scopus Young Scientist Awards were first launched by Elsevier in 2006. In 2009, India officially adopted the program within its scientific community through Elsevier's collaboration with NASI. The program honors young researchers who are building their careers in academic research, helping them gain recognition for their work.

This year’s NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards program attracted nearly 650 applications from premier research institutions across India. A panel of 32 subject experts from India's academic community judged the applications, using quantitative analyses from Scopus data provided by Elsevier. Additional criteria the judges used included:

  • Quality and number of publications
  • Nature and uniqueness of research
  • Outcomes of research
  • Impact on society
  • Vision of

Scopus chosen by Maclean’s magazine to enhance university rankings

on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 14:55

We’re pleased to announce that Maclean's magazine is using Scopus data to enhance their annual ranking of Canadian universities. The rankings, which focus on Canadian institutions’ academic research and overall accomplishments, will now use research data and metrics from Scopus and SciVal.

The ranking methodology weighs factors that measure research productivity and performance, using a variety of bibliometric indicators such as publications and citations. Elsevier will provide data on the research publication output in 10 subject areas for a pre-determined list of 60 Canadian Universities. The subject areas include education, nursing, business and biology.

“Maclean’s chose Elsevier for the depth and breadth of its Scopus data base, as well as its experience working with other publications on rankings,” said Kim Honey, editor of special issues. “We’re excited to introduce our very first rankings by subject, and we have Elsevier to thank for that.”

Scopus’ position on rankings is

Great Scott! Celebrate Back to the Future Day with SciVal and Scopus

on Wed, 10/21/2015 - 07:57

October 21, 2015 – the furthest date in the future that the Back to the Future trilogy was set in is now upon us. It’s the date that Marty McFly, Jennifer and Doc travel to in the DeLorean and where we catch a glimpse of the future brought to us by director Robert Zemeckis.

While in the future, they experience some technological marvels – from self-tying shoelaces, to 3D shark holograms, and that famous hoverboard.

To mark the occasion, we’ve used SciVal to pull data together to show just how close Marty’s future has come to being our present.

Using the SciVal Trends module we looked at 5 specific areas of science – automation, biometrics, wearables, aging and hover (think remote controlled dog walkers, fingerprint scanning doorknobs, power-laces, rejuvenation clinics and hoverboards) – to see who’s doing what.

The Trends module uses citation and usage data from Scopus to build on the platform's ability to examine user-created research areas.

Advisory for Citation Export, minor processing delays anticipated for October 14, 2015

on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 13:22

Please note that today, October 14, we will be performing an upgrade to our systems which will temporarily impact large data export requests. During 3-4pm EST, users may experience delays of 30-45 minutes for exports above 2,000 records. Typically, these requests take a few minutes. We will update this blog when the upgrade is complete and export processing times are back to normal.  

Release Date: 
October 14 2015