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Preprint content in Scopus Author Profiles continues to grow with the addition of SSRN

on Wed, 09/08/2021 - 23:48

In January this year, we used this blog to share the good news that preprints have been added to Scopus Author Profiles as a content type to help you get an early view into the research focus of peers and potential collaborators. Preprints can be a helpful complement to peer-reviewed literature to gain insight into researcher endeavors.

At that stage, we enriched 1 million author profiles with more than 900,000 preprints dating back to 2017. Those preprints were drawn from the main preprint servers in the areas of Physical Sciences (arXiv and ChemRxiv) and Biomedical Sciences (bioRxiv and medRxiv).

Now we are excited to announce that we’ve begun adding content from the Social Sciences preprint server SSRN to Scopus Author Profiles. By the end of this year, we expect to feature links to around 250,000 SSRN preprints dating back to 2017, which will bring the number of enriched Author Profiles to 1.4 million.

In addition, it is now possible to request changes to preprints associated

New Author Feedback Wizard (AFW) improvements: we’ve optimized the user journey and added preprints data

on Wed, 09/08/2021 - 23:18

We are pleased to announce a host of Author Feedback Wizard (AFW) enhancements, designed to save you time and improve the quality and accuracy of your Scopus Author Profiles.

So, what’s changed in the AFW?

  1. We’ve simplified the wizard and introduced modular options that support faster and easier updates.
  2. You can now use the AFW to provide feedback on any preprints linked to your profile.
  3. The AFW supports more granular and detailed feedback than ever before.  

The old AFW workflow

Prior to the new release, updating an author profile involved providing feedback on each one of the profile’s components - even those unaffected by your change request.

The new AFW workflow

Now, you can skip that step-by-step process and provide feedback on an individual component of an author profile, saving you time and effort.

Release Date: 
September 8 2021

Elsevier and Scopus partner with US national laboratories on an inclusive name change process for researchers

on Thu, 08/26/2021 - 19:16

As part of our ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity, Elsevier and Scopus have recently announced a new partnership with all 17 US national laboratories and 11 other scientific publishing organizations that will streamline the process of making name change requests.

This partnership comes further to Elsevier's March announcement of a trans-inclusive author name change policy allowing researchers to change their name on published peer-reviewed articles. For transgender authors and other authors with a strong need for privacy, these changes can be made ‘invisibly.’ Following a request from the author, Elsevier will apply the updated name to versions of the article on ScienceDirect, Scopus and other relevant platforms.  With the new partnership, researchers at participating national laboratories no longer have to approach each publisher separately to request a name change. Instead, they can ask their institution to do so on their behalf.

Researchers may choose to update their

What’s new on the Document details page? A Views Count metric, author previews, and enhanced Reaxys integration!

on Wed, 08/11/2021 - 14:54

Delivering you the ‘research signals’ you need to make data-driven decisions and track performance  is an important focus for the Scopus development team. Accordingly, we’ve delivered a series of enhancements to the Document details page, designed to help you achieve those goals.

So, what’s new on the Document details page?

  1. We have redesigned the metrics section and added a new metric - Views Count - so you can understand usage at a glance.
  2. We’ve added a ‘flyout’ (essentially, a boxed overlay that pops up on the page) containing key preview information from the associated Scopus Author Profile.
  3. For Reaxys customers, we have enhanced the way we showcase insights and information drawn from the expert-curated chemistry database.

The revamped metrics section, including the new metric, Views Count

We have added the option Metrics to the navigation menu for easy, one-click access to the new metrics section, which includes indicators previously available on the side panel.

Release Date: 
August 11 2021

New “Accepted Titles” list: get early insights into new Scopus content

on Tue, 07/27/2021 - 18:30

Our independent Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board approves new titles on an ongoing basis.  We take this rolling approach to journal selection so that the content collection in Scopus is continuously being expanded to respond to researcher needs.

However, to date, we haven’t publicized the newly accepted titles until they appear in the Scopus Source list. That approach is now changing: we understand that whether you are a researcher or a librarian, having access to the most up-to-date list of titles empowers you to make informed decisions around which journals to read, where to submit manuscripts, and more.

The new monthly “Accepted Titles” list can now be found on the Scopus Content webpage.  If you scroll to the bottom of the page, you will find the button highlighted in the image below.

Simply click to download the Excel file, and then select the second tab called “Accepted Titles”.  There you will find titles which

Release Date: 
July 27 2021

CiteScore 2020 values are now live!

on Thu, 05/27/2021 - 06:08

With ten years of metrics now available, researchers can use CiteScore to help determine where to publish and showcase their research and  identify  serial titles to read. In the last 12 months, 4,369 titles have improved their CiteScore Percentile by 50% or more; your favorite journal could be among them. Check it now!

The CiteScore methodology reflects the citation impact of a journal’s research-based contributions with greater stability and consistency in applied time ranges. It also remains comprehensive, current, clear and free.

  • Comprehensive: CiteScore is  available for all serial titles, not just journals. More than 26,000 journals are included —13,000 more than receive a Journal Impact Factor. available for twice as many journals as JIF
  • Current: The CiteScore Tracker is update monthly. New titles in Scopus usually have CiteScore metrics the year after they are included in Scopus.

Scopus to partner with Mendeley Web Importer for full-text document download

on Wed, 04/14/2021 - 20:43

As a result of user feedback regarding the limitations of the current Scopus document download solution and the need to have easier and broader access to full-text documents, Scopus will be testing integration with the Mendeley Web Importer (MWI) as a means to achieve broader and seamless full-text access.

Overview:

Scopus users can currently download document full-text PDFs using the Scopus Document Download Manager (DDM) Extension. The extension uses users’ IP credentials to authenticate with publisher websites and download documents for the users, removing the need to navigate to multiple places to find the full-text. However, user feedback has demonstrated that there are various issues with the current method, including accessing non-downloadable OA (Open Access) articles and incorrect documents being downloaded.

To address this, we are partnering with the Mendeley Web Importer (MWI) browser extension and onboarding its capabilities to also allow for document download via

Improvements to funding data in Scopus: Now 16.5M articles with funding information and easier to identify funded research

on Mon, 04/12/2021 - 16:48

Overview:

1. Scopus product enrichment (including deduplication work and data linking improvements) in the Funding Information section of publication records has resulted in:

  • more articles with funding information: 16.5M Scopus articles now contain funding information (this includes 900K new articles!)
  • the ability for users to see all identified funders associated with a given work, with a higher level of granularity: 3M Grant ID to Funder relationships have been positively impacted.

2. Enhancement of the ‘Funding Sponsor’ search result facet now makes it easier to identify research funded by a specific funder. Users can search by top level funding bodies and get results which include publications acknowledging its sub-parts of the organization (i.e. institutes, departments, or divisions of that funder).

“Associating the complete and correct funder and grant IDs to a published article helps our research community get maximum insights about the funding of research and identify the

Tracking a game changer: quantum computing research trends report

on Tue, 04/06/2021 - 18:38

A new Scopus research trends report explores the exponential growth of publication in quantum computing. A quantum computer can radically outperform a classical computer opening up possibilities for solving large problems quickly. However, significant hurdles need to be overcome before quantum computing hits the mainstream.

If not yet investing, research and business enterprises that want to future proof their strategy can start tracking quantum computing. The report shows that institutions leading in quantum computing publishing are dispersed globally, including China, France, Canada, the US, the UK and Singapore. And publication output includes private sector enterprises, such as Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), IBM Thomas Watson Research Center, and Microsoft Research.

Explore these and other findings, such as the top 10 authors by publication output and snapshots of the most prolific authors.

Show me the report >

The importance of high-quality content in Scopus

on Fri, 02/12/2021 - 14:53

Maintaining the integrity of Scopus and its high-quality, curated content is of paramount importance to us. Scopus is vigilant in identifying and discontinuing journals that are, or have become, predatory.

Nature recently published an article based on research looking into predatory publishing using Beall’s list as a definition for predatory journals. Beall’s list has not been maintained since 2017.

This article is based on a study from 2017 which we were aware of. Therefore, in 2017 the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) immediately re-evaluated all Beall’s list journals in Scopus and discontinued the underperforming journals. This was part of our ongoing journal re-evaluation program.

Any research that helps shine a light on predatory journals is welcome. Poor-quality and predatory journals are a threat to the integrity of science.

Scopus has an acclaimed, independent and transparent selection process to determine which journals are indexed on its platform; it has

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