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Fact or Fiction? Hyphens in an article title negatively impact citation counts

on Wed, 06/12/2019 - 17:59

A recent article in the journal IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering by Zhi Quan Zhou, T.H. Tse, and Matt Witheridge, doi: 10.1109/TSE.2019.2915065, has drawn attention due to its claim that the number of hyphens in article titles negatively impacts the citation counts of such articles in abstract and citation databases such as Scopus and Web of Science.

Hyphens do not play a role in Scopus reference linking. Scopus matching algorithms (e.g. those that match references to articles) cope with many kinds of variations of punctuation, because punctuation in an article title is where the most discrepancies occur when the article is cited. Missed reference matches are continually analyzed by the Scopus team and the occurrence of hyphens in article titles is not a reason for the missing citation links. Therefore we reject the claim made in the article.

In addition, we observe:

  1. The dataset used in the article is very small: it contains 140,000 articles which is 0.19% of Scopus.
  2. The

CiteScore 2018 metrics now available

on Tue, 05/14/2019 - 20:37

The CiteScore™ 2018 metrics are freely available for more than 23,830 titles.

Powered by Scopus, CiteScore metrics evaluate serial citation impact over a three-year period. Now the CiteScore 2018 metrics are available, revealing the latest annual assessments of thousands of scholarly publications.

What sets CiteScore metrics apart from the competition? They are comprehensive, transparent and free.

Comprehensive coverage: Available for 23,830+ titles on Scopus—including peer-reviewed journals, trade journals, book series and conference proceedings—in 330 disciplines, CiteScore covers 12,000+ more titles than the Impact Factor.

Transparency: CiteScore offers complete transparency of the underlying data, allowing anyone to validate a CiteScore value by clicking into the numerator (citations) and denominator (documents). Additionally, CiteScore metrics are calculated in a very straightforward way, so

Check out CiteScore Tracker to see how a title’s CiteScore is building each month

on Thu, 04/25/2019 - 18:50

Scopus is a source neutral, expertly curated abstract and citation database, making it well positioned to enable users to discover and analyze the world of research.

CiteScore metrics, which measure the impact of thousands of journals by calculating the average number of citations per article over a three-year period, can help researchers determine which journals they should publish in. The CiteScore 2018 values are going to be released soon and will provide an informative overview of ~23,000 scholarly titles that are indexed in the Scopus database (the CiteScore 2017 values can be found here).

While this annual scoring is very insightful, what if you want to get a more immediate look at a journal’s performance? That’s where CiteScore Tracker comes in. CiteScore Tracker follows how the current year’s CiteScore is building month by month, eliminating the need to wait until mid-year to see how a journal performed in the prior year.

Join our webinar on Scopus APIs on Tuesday 7 May

on Wed, 04/24/2019 - 23:08

Click here to register for our free webinar, on Tuesday 7 May, co-presented by Bill Mischo, Head of the Grainger Engineering Library Information Center, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Matt Direnzo, Senior Elsevier Product Manager.

Scopus captures articles being published in virtually all scholarly journals of any significance in the world; and its profiling of authors and institutions makes it easy to find new articles by those authors at those institutions. The Scopus web user interface offers many features allowing librarians, researchers, developers and & business intelligence groups to manually find publications originating from their institution.

Aside from that user interface, Scopus also has Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) that offer the same features, but with results in a machine-readable format that enables software, rather than humans on the web, to find articles, authors and institutions in Scopus.

This allows developers to write programs

Funding Acknowledgement Information Available for 9 Million Articles

on Tue, 04/09/2019 - 20:17

Scopus allows users to search the funding acknowledgement section of ~9 million documents, making it simple to find previously funded research.

Why is previously awarded funding data important?

  • It enables researchers to see what research has been funded by whom in order to prepare for their own grant submissions; and to support a current grant application by showing information about previous performance
  • It enables institutions and funders to determine how much research is associated with funding they have sponsored; and to ensure that funding mandates are being adhered to

What’s available in Scopus?

  • Funding acknowledgment information is available for ~9M Scopus documents
  • This information is easily discoverable within the refine results section of the search results. This allows users to track the research output and influence for a funding body or a specific grant

  • You can also conduct a search for all funding information to find

PlumX Metrics API Now Available for Scopus Subscribers

on Thu, 02/07/2019 - 16:49

PlumX Metrics – already available on Scopus records – are comprehensive, item (article)-level metrics that provide insights, beyond traditional citation metrics, into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output (articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and more).

Introducing the PlumX Metrics API

Now, PlumX Metrics are also available via the PlumX API for Scopus customers for deeper and more flexible benchmarking and analysis purposes.

When Scopus customers access the API, they will receive a set of metrics for Scopus documents, including citations, usage, captures, mentions and social media.

More information about this API can be found on the Elsevier developer site.

Learn more about PlumX Metrics on Scopus.

Scopus makes millions of open access articles easily discoverable

on Tue, 12/04/2018 - 01:44

With Elsevier’s recent partnership with Impactstory, a nonprofit that creates online tools to make science more open and reusable, researchers are now able to discover millions of peer-reviewed open access (OA) articles with ease.

Making open access (OA) content more accessible

The OA movement has made it possible for scientific research to become more widely available. But while OA articles are free to access, they are not always easy to find. Scopus users have been able to locate OA content by filtering results for articles published in journals designated as open access, but now that scope has been significantly widened.

Access over 8 million OA articles on Scopus

Scopus has now broadened users’ ability to discover open access content thanks to a new partnership with Impactstory, a nonprofit that develops online tools to promote open science.

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