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A new standard of journal citation impact: Powered by Scopus

on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 21:22

As the age of electronic publishing has matured, researchers, publishers, bibliometricians, librarians, institutional leaders and others in academia have been exploring ways to bring research metrics into the 21st century. Journal metrics continue to be important in the research community, alongside metrics for measuring other entities such as articles, researchers, institutions, subject areas, and so forth.

Today, Scopus is expanding its basket of metrics by adding CiteScore™ metrics — a family of eight indicators that offer complementary views to analyze the impact of all serial titles — including journals — in Scopus.

Easy and free to access, the family of CiteScore metrics include:

  • CiteScore
  • CiteScore Tracker
  • CiteScore Percentile
  • CiteScore Quartiles
  • CiteScore Rank
  • Citation Count
  • Document Count
  • Percentage Cited

A new standard and how it works:

CiteScore is essentially the average citations per document that a title receives over a three-year period.

Release Date: 
December 8 2016

Scopus gets a more streamlined look

on Thu, 12/08/2016 - 17:22

In continuation to earlier workflow improvements made on Scopus, you may have noticed some additional changes to the Scopus homepage recently! We encourage you to go to Scopus now and check out the new streamlined look. Here are a few tips to help you get up to speed (click on figures to expand view):

Document Search

  1. “Compare journals” has been renamed to “Compare sources”.
  2.  “Add search field” is now represented by a “+” button. Click on this to add an additional search field. To remove additional search fields you can click the “-“ button.
  3. The “limit to” section is now hidden by default. You can click on the “Limit” drop down link to display the date range (inclusive) and document type filters.
  4. The subject areas in the “limit to” section have been removed. As default, all subject areas will be used when doing a search. You can still filter on subject areas after you have done a search using the refine panel on the left hand side.

Author search:

  1. The “author last name” is now a
Release Date: 
December 8 2016

The role of the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board: In their words

on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 22:50

A few weeks ago, The Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) met in Toronto for its biannual meeting. During the meeting they discussed and made decisions regarding content and content policies. Some of the main discussion items included publication ethics, the Scopus journal re-evaluation process, and the overall review and acceptance process. The recommendations of the CSAB directly influence the overall direction of Scopus and the prioritization of new content requests to ensure that Scopus stays international and relevant for the global research community. As we continue to report on CSAB led initiatives and Scopus policy decisions, we also wanted to bring the members of the content board closer to you, letting them share who they are, what they do and their vision for the breadth and depth of Scopus content. You can find a list of the board members here, but also hear from some of our members in these 3 videos:

Scopus experiencing issues with help section pages

on Tue, 11/22/2016 - 03:39

Scopus is currently experiencing issues loading help files and the "contact us" form. The help section pages may take more than one minute to display, sometimes leading to timeouts. Our technical teams are aware of this and are actively working to fix it. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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Scopus will no longer support Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) beginning November 3, 2016

on Tue, 10/25/2016 - 23:25

As of November 3 2016, Scopus will no longer support Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). In January 2016, Microsoft announced its official discontinuation of Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 (more information can be found on Microsoft’s support page).

Scopus is in the process of improving its workflow by updating its user interface to the latest technology, HTML5. Scopus aims to provide the best possible user experience, utilizing the most effective tools and most powerful technology. Moving from older technologies to support new ones enables us to improve the performance of the product and develop a better user experience for all our users. Older browsers like IE9 do not support HTML5, the new industry standard for structuring and presenting content for the web. HTML5 supports mobile devices, doesn’t rely on plug-ins, and provides a faster customer experience.

In order for our users to continue benefitting from Scopus’ new features and functionalities, we would like to recommend upgrading

Release Date: 
November 3 2016

Scopus is experiencing an issue with citation counts

on Tue, 10/25/2016 - 21:22

UPDATE: This issue has been resolved. Thank you for your patience!

 

Scopus is experiencing a temporary problem with citation counts. As a result, users may notice discrepancies in the citation counts and h-indices displayed in Scopus.

Is a title indexed in Scopus? A reminder to check before you publish

on Mon, 10/24/2016 - 16:35

“Elsevier has also done extensive work addressing the issue of journals that have been suspended from its research publication database Scopus for inappropriate publishing behaviour – this is an ongoing task that ensures that the papers that we do measure really represent good quality research and those from suspended are not counted.”

Times Higher Education: World University Rankings blog: what’s new for 2016-2017?

This quote is a testament to the positive impact of the independent Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) working with the Scopus Content Product team to ensure that both quality standards and publication practice standards are in place for Scopus. As part of this effort, several initiatives have been adopted over the past two years helping to reinforce that content indexed in Scopus represents “good quality research,” and that underperforming titles (as determined by the CSAB re-evaluation process), or titles for which concerns have been raised, are

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