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UK REF 2014 results released (and they use Scopus data!)

on Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:40

Yesterday marks a key milestone in the United Kingdom's REF 2014 journey. Following initial consultations in 2007 through to the deadline for submissions in November 2013, 155 higher education institutions across the UK have dedicated a huge amount of time and resource to this process. The results published December 17 will highlight both the quality and non-academic impact of each institution’s research, and mark the culmination of years of hard work.

As the impact of the results begins to be felt in early 2015, Elsevier will continue to offer support to HEFCE and all institutions, helping them to navigate the vast field of data. Like all of those involved, we will be taking key learnings from this process, and look forward to further developing our national assessment offerings for customers around the world.

If you'd like to learn more about how Elsevier has supported the REF 2014 and how we support other national assessments, please make sure you look at these two great

Scopus continues to add pre-1996 citations

on Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:30

In March, we launched the Cited Reference Expansion Program to include cited references in the Scopus database going back to 1970 for pre-1996 content. Our goal is to expand the ability for users to perform long-term, extensive bibliometric and historic trend analyses – and enhance h-indices for those researchers who published pre-1996.

As of November 1st we started re-indexing content and pre-1996 archives with cited references are now loaded on a daily basis. There are currently 500,000+ pre-1996 items with cited references in Scopus. This is having a positive impact on the h-index of senior researchers, making author profiles and h-index counts for these researchers more accurate and complete.

To illustrate this content improvement, we have been tracking the number of total citations and measuring the difference of the h-index for a sample set of authors from various subject areas between June and December.

Scopus increases interoperability with SciVal and introduces new journal metric

on Fri, 12/05/2014 - 08:57

On December 4, Scopus released two important new features. The Scopus header has been redesigned to increase the interoperability with SciVal, Elsevier’s benchmarking and analytics product. Also a new journal metric called Impact per Publication (IPP) has been added to allow researchers and librarians better compare and evaluate journals.

Redesigned Scopus header: increased interoperabillity with SciVal
The Scopus header has been updated to align more closely with SciVal, Elsevier’s benchmarking and analytics product in the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio.  SciVal, launched in January 2014, is built on top of Scopus data and it allows users to compare and benchmark institutions, research areas and researchers.

Screenshot 1: Redesigned Scopus header

This change in the Scopus header is the first step to increase the interoperability between Scopus and SciVal making it easier for the user who has access to

Release Date: 
December 4 2014

Scopus and web accessibility

on Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:00

Held annually on December 3rd the International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) is a United Nations-sanctioned day that aims to increase public awareness and promote the understanding of disability issues. This year one of the focus areas of IDPwD is the role of technology in creating enabling working environments.

Accessibility features in Scopus

At Elsevier we consistently and proactively work to make our products accessible to all users, regardless of their physical abilities. Accordingly, Scopus features and functions are designed to be accessible by all users and devices, enabling people with disabilities to access Scopus content quickly and easily.

Scopus takes a continuous improvement approach to web accessibility, testing new and existing pages for accessibility with each product release. Some of the accessibility features of Scopus include:

  • All primary functions in Scopus are operable using keyboard only, with logical tab orde.

  • Search result pages show obvious highlighting

Meet the Scopus celebrities

on Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:10

With a total of 55 million records, Scopus delivers a comprehensive overview of research in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Inevitably, some of the authors indexed in Scopus are bound to be more popular or have more impact than others.

Certain authors, however, are true celebrities of worldwide fame (achieved, incidentally, not merely on scientific merits). We'd like to introduce you to some of them.

Brian May: Rocking the astrophysics

Apart from being the lead guitarist of celebrated rock group Queen, English musician Brian May also studied physics and mathematics at Imperial College in London. He started his PhD on the motion of interplanetary dust particles in 1970 which, mainly due to musical commitments, he was finally able to complete in September 2007. Asteroid 52665 Brianmay is named in his honour.

See his author profile on Scopus

Natalie Portman: A Star Wars Queen in Harvard

Along with her ballet and modern dance studies,

Service Announcement: Scopus experiencing issues with search

on Thu, 11/27/2014 - 10:28

Update (11:30AM CET):

We are pleased to report that the issue with our search engine has been resolved, particularly with respect to cardinality and associated features. We are monitoring the system closely. Additionally, the Scopus and ORCID Author Feedback Wizard tools are also back online. If you experience any other issues with Scopus, please contact the help desk using "Help and Contact" link in Scopus.

Again, thank you for your patience. 

Original post:

Scopus is experiencing an issue with its search engine, particularly with respect to cardinality. This means that in many instances, searches are returning incorrect record counts, incorrect document and citation counts, etc. despite the fact that the records themselves are in the index. Side effects include degraded h-index calculations, and author publication counts. Other issues are becoming clearer as we monitor help desk reports.

We believe we have identified the root cause and are now in the process of implementing a fix. 

Research Trends: Special Issue on the 10 years of Scopus

on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 09:49

Since its launch in the fall of 2004, Scopus has established itself as the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature. In honor of the 10th anniversary of Elsevier’s bibliographical database, Research Trends recently published a Special Issue that looks back on these 10 years and illustrates how Scopus can be used in bibliometric studies of trends in the global science system.

For one of the issue’s contributions, Dr. Gali Halevi and Dr. Henk F. Moed conducted a comprehensive search on all Scopus data (limiting the results to full research articles only), coming up with a list of the most frequently cited articles published between 2001 and 2011 in eight main research areas. According to their findings, these were the top cited articles per research area:

Agricultural and Biological Sciences

MEGA4: Molecular Evolutionary Genetics Analysis (MEGA) software version 4.0 (2007)

Molecular Biology and Evolution, Vol. 24, No. 8, pp. 1596-1599.

Arts & Humanities


Times Higher Education choose Scopus data for its World University Ranking

on Wed, 11/19/2014 - 14:21

As you can tell from this post’s title, we have some great news on the Scopus front today!

Times Higher Education (THE), a global leader in university rankings, has today announced their decision to work with the Scopus database and SciVal, Elsevier’s research metrics analysis tool, for its World University Ranking and other rankings including the 100 Under 50, Asia University and BRICS & Emerging Economies rankings.

THE Managing Director Trevor Barratt has this to say about the newly minted partnership, “Research publication data for the rankings will in the future be drawn from Elsevier’s Scopus database. The new data source will allow us to analyze a deeper range of research activity from a wider range of institutions than at present, including those institutions from emerging economies that account for a growing portion of the world’s research output and which have shown a great hunger for THE’s trusted global performance metrics.”

This is a great endorsement of the work we have

Scopus Chosen by US News & World Report for Arab Region Ranking

on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 17:08

On Tuesday, November 4, at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar, U.S. News & World Report, a leading U.S.-based publisher of education analysis and rankings, unveiled the inaugural Best Arab Region Universities rankings.

We’re pleased to announce that U.S. News' Best Arab Region Universities rankings, which focus on institutions’ academic research, are based on research data from Scopus and metrics powered by SciVal!

The ranking methodology weighs factors that measure research productivity and performance, using a variety of bibliometric indicators such as publications and citations. Each ranked Arab region university has a profile page on displaying contact information and detailed ranking indicators. The overall rankings include 91 universities in 16 countries; there are also separate rankings in 16 subject areas, including key fields such as computer science, engineering, medicine, mathematics and social sciences.

Using the ‘Affiliation

The Nobel laureates in Scopus

on Thu, 10/30/2014 - 10:23

The winners of this year’s Nobel Prizes in Medicine, Physics, Chemistry and Economics have all published with Elsevier, making pioneering contributions to science and medicine. We are honored to work with these extraordinary scientists, who have also served as editors, editorial board members or reviewers for different Elsevier journals.

You can discover more about the Nobel laureates and their research by looking at their Author Profiles on Scopus and reading a selection of their output.

Medicine or Physiology

John O'Keefe - click to view his Scopus author profile

May-Britt Moser - click to view her Scopus author profile

Edvard Moser - click to view his Scopus author profile

Read a selection of their research papers


Isamu Akasaki - click to view his Scopus author profile

Hiroshi Amano - click to view his Scopus author profile

Shuji Nakamura - click to view his Scopus author profile

Read a selection of their research papers


Eric Betzig - click to view his Scopus author profile