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CiteScore Revealed: More Transparency, More Clarity

on Wed, 04/26/2017 - 21:51

For metrics to be understood and trusted, clarity into how they work and are calculated is important. When CiteScore was first introduced, we shared the methodology behind the calculation. Now we are taking transparency a step further by enabling you to validate any CiteScore value by clicking into the numerator (citations) and denominator (documents).

What this means for you.

If you have access to Scopus:

When viewing the Source details page for a serial title on Scopus, you can see the data behind the CiteScore calculation by clicking on either the citation or document count. This opens a window where you can toggle between the list of documents and citations. In addition, if you’re logged in, you can even export the information into a CSV file.

If you do not have full access to Scopus:

If your institution does not subscribe to Scopus, you still have the ability to

What's new on Scopus: Author & Affiliation result page changes, new Support Center and CiteScore Transparency

on Wed, 04/26/2017 - 20:55

What’s new on Scopus in this release:

  • Changes to the Author and Affiliation results pages
  • Advanced search improvements
  • A new Scopus Support Center
  • More CiteScore Transparency

Author and Affiliation search results pages

The Author and Affiliation search results pages now share the same look and feel introduced to the Scopus document search results last month -- changes which also help improve web accessibility.

Changes on the Author search results page:

  • The number of author results displays more prominently in the blue title bar
  • The option to “Show Profile Matches with One Document” has been moved to a checkbox at the top of the <Refine results> panel (found on the left hand side of the screen)
  • Previously removed sort on options have been restored, allowing you to sort by Document Count, Author, Affiliation, City or Country/Territory

Changes on the Affiliation search results page:

  • The number of affiliation results displays more
Release Date: 
April 26 2017

CiteScore Tracker: Keep current with how a title’s CiteScore is building each month

on Tue, 04/18/2017 - 02:46

While a metric like CiteScore provides a consistent way to track performance annually, CiteScore Tracker also shows how the current year’s CiteScore builds up each month — additional information that may be helpful when making decisions.

How it works: CiteScore Tracker is calculated in the same way as CiteScore, but for the current year, rather than previous, complete years. The numerator (citation count) of the current year’s metric builds up every month as additional citations are received, so that the construction is consistent with the construction of the complete year CiteScore. Once the new annual CiteScore value is fixed, then the CiteScore Tracker for the next year begins and is displayed on Scopus.com. For examples, once CiteScore 2016 is fixed the CiteScore Tracker 2017 will also be initiated and available on Scopus.

Where to find it:

  1. Go to the Journal Metrics page: https://journalmetrics.scopus.com/

  1. Find the

Gaining a competitive advantage with Scopus: a case study for pharma

on Fri, 04/14/2017 - 15:39

Getting a new drug to market as fast — and as safely — as possible is a key focus for any researcher or developer manager at a pharmaceutical company, regardless of size.

In such a competitive environment, facing a delay of just a few months can give a rival company the chance to get to market first, so it is important that your drug moves through every step, from trials to approval, at top speed. However, in drug development, where drug failure rates have become a challenge, you have to not only account for speed, but also the thoroughness and quality of the data you use to make the right decisions at every stage of development.

“Anything that can shorten our timelines and reduce drug failure rates gives us a competitive advantage.” — Mark Collin, Medical Affairs Executive

In the earlier discovery stages, a researcher who is able to efficiently tap into current research and scientific trends in different therapeutic

New on Scopus: Link to datasets, search funding acknowledgements and find more CiteScore transparency

on Tue, 03/28/2017 - 22:32

March has been an especially busy month for Scopus and to complete the month, we’ve introduced the following changes:

To learn more details about these changes, follow along below. Click on images to expand.

A special note for librarians at SciVal institutions: You can now can use Scopus to create a Publication Set to export and analyze in SciVal. See more information below.

Research Dataset Linking

Research dataset links can now be found on the Scopus Document details page. Through collaboration with Data Literature Interlinking (DLI) service and Scholix, Scopus is able to link articles with datasets when available on the external data repository.

Here’s how to find research datasets on Scopus:

  1. If research datasets are available on the external data repository for an
Release Date: 
March 29 2017

Scopus currently experiencing issues

on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 22:56

Users may be experiencing issues loading certain pages in Scopus. Work is underway to resolve this issue and we will continue to update this blog and Twitter (@Scopus) as updates are available. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. 

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Elsevier is bringing the SciVal and Scopus community together for knowledge sharing and networking

on Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:13

Elsevier is bringing the SciVal and Scopus community together for two days of updates, knowledge sharing and networking. The inaugural SciVal and Scopus European User Conference is taking place in the majestic city of Amsterdam at the EYE Film Institute. This event is free to attend for SciVal and Scopus users from European academic institutions and corporates. More specifically, research managers, librarians and research leaders are invited to attend for what promises to be a highly informative and engaging program.

At the conference we will be running workshops and plenary sessions on various topics, which will touch on the evolving expectations, available solutions, measurements, and best practices associated with the optimization of planning and executing a research strategy.

Scopus is experiencing issues with outward linking and certain link resolvers

on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 19:48

Status Update: The issue that was affecting the outward linking and certain link resolvers has now been repaired. Thank you for your patience!

Original message: Scopus is currently experiencing issues with outward linking and certain link resolvers. Work is underway to resolve this issue and we will continue to update this blog and twitter (@Scopus) as updates are available. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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Get to the right information faster with Scopus search results page improvements

on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 03:53

Beginning last September, the look and feel of Scopus has been gradually changing. For a re-cap of what changed in both September and December of last year (including changes to the main search pages), please refer to the following posts:

This month includes changes to the document search result page, including the ability to create unique names when you save a search, making it easier to identify and organize your saved searches. Below is a detailed walk-through covering what has changed.

Note: Click on images to view in full-size. The number callouts on the images correspond with the numbered items below.

Document results page

  1. The total number of document results your search returns now appears in the blue page header, making it easier to see right away
  2. Along with the document results, the following links can also be found in the blue page header:
    1. View Secondary documents (i.e.,
Release Date: 
March 2 2017

Eugene Garfield, information scientist: 1925-2017

on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 14:09

Eugene Garfield, information scientist: 1925-2017

It is with sadness that we learned this week of the passing of Eugene Garfield, widely regarded as the father of citation indexing and of the modern field of scientometrics, the quantitative study of the scientific literature. Throughout a long and active career spanning seven decades, Garfield made significant contributions to the understanding of the growth dynamics and internal organisation of the research enterprise, building largely on data from the Science Citation Index and subsequent variants created by his company, the Institute for Scientific Information.

Through his regular columns in Current Contents and The Scientist, Garfield helped popularize a number of terms now familiar to many in scholarly research and publishing, including ‘citation classic’, ‘research front’, and ‘publish or perish.' A number of Garfield’s own contributions to the peer-reviewed literature went on to become citation classics in their own right,

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