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How to explore, compare and track journal citation impact with CiteScore metrics

on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 16:52

In January, we held a webinar on CiteScore metrics – not only providing an overview of what CiteScore metrics are, but also showing you how to access and use the new metrics. In case you missed it, the recorded webinar is available for you to view here. Take some time to learn about why CiteScore was created, how it is calculated and what it brings to the overall basket of metrics.      

Additionally, follow these tips to get started exploring CiteScore metrics.

Tip 1: Decide where to begin

There are two main places to access CiteScore metrics, both are freely available to anyone. They are:

  1. The Sources page on Scopus.com itself: https://www.scopus.com/sources, and
  2. Journalmetrics.scopus.com

But, which one you begin with depends upon what you want to do.

  • If you want to delve into the details and interrogate metrics for a singular title, start on Scopus itself: https://www.scopus.com/sources. Here you can search for a particular title and then access the metrics and underlying data.

Research Intelligence Case Studies: A look into the challenges universities overcome using Scopus, SciVal and Pure

on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 23:52

Contributed by: Kelsey Grentzer

Over the past year, Elsevier’s Research Intelligence team interviewed dozens of research leaders from around the world to capture their stories about the challenges their institutions face and how they are able to overcome them using Scopus, SciVal and Pure. Whether it’s speaking to a customer from Australia who is using Pure to help support their National Assessment exercise, or a young, ambitious university in Taiwan looking to make a jump in the Times Higher Education rankings by using Scopus and SciVal, we’re learning firsthand how Elsevier’s Research Intelligence solutions are helping research leaders succeed in their roles and help shape their institutions’ strategies.


Kirsty Collinge from Heriot-Watt University talks about SciVal during an interview at the SciVal UK User Group Meeting at the University of Bath.

We have recently added a few of these new customer stories to the growing Research Intelligence case study library, including a written case

Cited references in Scopus go back to 1970: A quick look at the impact on h-index

on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 23:37

Over the past 3 years, Scopus content has significantly increased in depth. In addition to already including content records back to 1823, Scopus has added over 160 million cited references to its database, dating back to 1970. This allows you to construct long-term, extensive bibliometric and historic trend analyses, and has resulted in more complete author profiles and h-index measurements for individuals who began publishing prior to 1996.

Early into the cited reference expansion program, we shared an example of how the addition of pre-1996 cited references impacted the h-index of senior researcher, David Neal. Prior to the expansion program, a portion of his 113 documents published prior to 1996 would not have been included in his overall citation count and thus his h-index would be negatively impacted. 7 Months into the project, approximately 3,146 citations were added to his overall citation count resulting in his h-index increasing to 67. Now, with the project almost at

How researchers at R&D organizations use Scopus to overcome challenges

on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 22:52

Contributed by: Alexandra Kahn

To better understand how Scopus helps to support research and development outcomes, and pass that information along to you, we recently surveyed R&D organizations that use Scopus.

Whether to stay abreast of scientific developments, develop new ideas quicker, keep ahead of the competition, or find key experts and opinion leaders, organizations have found Scopus enables their R&D researchers to overcome industry challenges.

In this post, we focus on 2 key ways Scopus is making a difference for researchers in the R&D industry.

Finding key experts

A key benefit of Scopus repeatedly expressed was the ability to find the right experts working in a specific area of interest. A few of the comments relating to this included:

“We were faced with a technical problem where we didn't have the competencies internally. Scopus searches allowed us to find experts in academia and brought us back up to speed quickly.” Researcher, Large Electronics Company

“I needed some external

Scopus and SciVal Case Studies: How universities in Taiwan stay competitive in a challenging academic environment

on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 18:57
By Kelsey Grentzer

Last year, we introduced a library of video and written case studies in which university leaders from around the world share how they are using Scopus, SciVal and Pure to answer pressing challenges faced by their researchers and research managers.

Now added to the library are three new videos featuring university leaders in Taiwan. In their own words, hear about the role Scopus and SciVal play in shaping research strategies, improving rankings with THE and QS, and facilitating international collaboration for their institutions:

At a time when

Scopus Experiencing Search Issues

on Fri, 12/23/2016 - 17:40

Scopus is experiencing issues which, at times, may result in search functionality to become temporarily disabled.

It is possible that this problem may continue during the holiday period while we work to resolve it.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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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 — on 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 Wed, 12/07/2016 - 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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