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2015 National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) Scopus Young Scientist Awards

on Tue, 11/03/2015 - 23:31

New Delhi, September 22, 2015Elsevier and the National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI)  announced the winners of the 2015 NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards.

Contributed by Manish Uniyal, Marketing Manager

The Scopus Young Scientist Awards were first launched by Elsevier in 2006. In 2009, India officially adopted the program within its scientific community through Elsevier's collaboration with NASI. The program honors young researchers who are building their careers in academic research, helping them gain recognition for their work.

This year’s NASI-Scopus Young Scientist Awards program attracted nearly 650 applications from premier research institutions across India. A panel of 32 subject experts from India's academic community judged the applications, using quantitative analyses from Scopus data provided by Elsevier. Additional criteria the judges used included:

  • Quality and number of publications
  • Nature and

Scopus chosen by Maclean’s magazine to enhance university rankings

on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 14:55

We’re pleased to announce that Maclean's magazine is using Scopus data to enhance their annual ranking of Canadian universities. The rankings, which focus on Canadian institutions’ academic research and overall accomplishments, will now use research data and metrics from Scopus and SciVal.

The ranking methodology weighs factors that measure research productivity and performance, using a variety of bibliometric indicators such as publications and citations. Elsevier will provide data on the research publication output in 10 subject areas for a pre-determined list of 60 Canadian Universities. The subject areas include education, nursing, business and biology.

“Maclean’s chose Elsevier for the depth and breadth of its Scopus data base, as well as its experience working with other publications on rankings,” said Kim Honey, editor of special issues. “We’re excited to introduce our very first rankings by subject, and we have Elsevier to thank for that.”

Scopus’ position on rankings is

Great Scott! Celebrate Back to the Future Day with SciVal and Scopus

on Wed, 10/21/2015 - 07:57

October 21, 2015 – the furthest date in the future that the Back to the Future trilogy was set in is now upon us. It’s the date that Marty McFly, Jennifer and Doc travel to in the DeLorean and where we catch a glimpse of the future brought to us by director Robert Zemeckis.

While in the future, they experience some technological marvels – from self-tying shoelaces, to 3D shark holograms, and that famous hoverboard.

To mark the occasion, we’ve used SciVal to pull data together to show just how close Marty’s future has come to being our present.

Using the SciVal Trends module we looked at 5 specific areas of science – automation, biometrics, wearables, aging and hover (think remote controlled dog walkers, fingerprint scanning doorknobs, power-laces, rejuvenation clinics and hoverboards) – to see who’s doing what.

The Trends module uses citation and usage data from Scopus to build on the platform's ability to examine user-created

Advisory for Citation Export, minor processing delays anticipated for October 14, 2015

on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 13:22

Please note that today, October 14, we will be performing an upgrade to our systems which will temporarily impact large data export requests. During 3-4pm EST, users may experience delays of 30-45 minutes for exports above 2,000 records. Typically, these requests take a few minutes. We will update this blog when the upgrade is complete and export processing times are back to normal.  

Release Date: 
October 14 2015

Case Study: Increased competitive advantage in developing functional materials

on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 21:43

At a leading supplier of functional materials, a couple of research engineers shared with us how they use Scopus to save time and increase their competitive advantage in developing advanced functional materials.

Developing attractive new products, improving existing products to better satisfy evolving customer expectations, and upgrading manufacturing processes to be more efficient are the top concerns of this company. Additionally, compliance with the latest environmental and safety regulations is another major factor. Across various divisions, including the glass and ceramics group, Scopus is a reliable tool that enables innovation in a fraction of the time previously spent – the engineers estimate that it made the investigational stage of research 40% more effective, and lowered development time by 20%.

The richness and variety of data available in Scopus enable researchers to vastly speed up the process of basic research.

Journal Article: “A ‘basket of metrics’—the best support for understanding journal merit”

on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 20:17

Earlier this year, Dr. Lisa Colledge, Director of Research Metrics at Elsevier, published a Usage Guidebook and an article about the usage-based metrics and tools. Elsevier has made both available to help you analyze and understand the impact of research.

As a follow up to these efforts, a webinar was held to introduce the usage guidebook where participants were asked a number of questions about how they currently use and perceive usage metrics. Around 200 external participants joined from all over the world; the most-represented countries were the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Italy and Canada.

Many of the attendees previously participated in our SciVal Trends launch webinars, which introduced usage as a new data source in SciVal.

The Scopus Article Metrics module: Pinpointing the best articles to read, fast

on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:28

Trying to decide what to read? Make more informed decisions with the Article Metrics module in Scopus. It includes metrics based on four alternative metrics categories endorsed by the Snowball Metrics project and provides you with an at-a-glance look into how an article has been received, looking at both citation impact and levels of community engagement. 

To learn how to use the Article Metrics module, watch this 2 minute video, or follow the steps below.

Watch the 'Using the Right Metrics' webinar to learn more about the metrics available in Scopus!

 

  1. In Scopus, find and open a document that interests you
  2. From the document page, scroll down and look for the ‘Metrics’ sidebar on the right-hand side of the page
  3. The module displays the following information:
    • Citation Count and percentile benchmark
    • Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)
    • Mendeley Readership count and benchmark
    • Count of 1 type of Scholarly Commentary (e.g., blog posts,

6 easy ways to power up your academic community on Scopus

on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 21:17

Do you have what you need to inform new students and faculty, and reacquaint returnees, about the many uses of Scopus? Follow our checklist for 6 easy ways to refresh yourself and ready your community.

  1. Update your LibGuide and library website. Highlight new features and expanded coverage such as the:
    1. Addition of nearly 4 million pre-1996 articles
    2. Article metrics module
    3. Open access indicators for journals
  2. Promote the tool. Display a looping animated Scopus PowerPoint slide deck on screens throughout your library, and print posters to display at workstations. Download both from our “Promote Scopus” toolkit.
  3. Provide training materials. Our Get Started & Get Help page has an overview video that you can share or embed on your own website, and a printable quick reference guide. Use both to help users quickly learn the Scopus basics.
  4. Send out an introductory email. Customize our Scopus onboarding email template for your institution in a matter of

Seamlessly integrate Scopus citation counts into your webpage

on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 16:19

Scopus APIs are a great way to showcase your research, your institution’s work and connect others with Scopus content and data. Additionally, anyone can obtain an API key and use our APIs free of charge, provided that our policies for using APIs and the data are honored.  You can learn about the variety of APIs available for Scopus on our new Scopus API page here.  We also thought it would be helpful to highlight the value each Scopus API provides, one post at a time, starting with this one on the Scopus Cited-by Counts API.

To provide an example of how Scopus APIs can add value, Victoria Rao, the Elsevier Product Manager responsible for both Scopus and ScienceDirect APIs, presents a personal example — using the Scopus Cited-by Counts API to add a dynamic display of her husband’s research accomplishments into his online publication list and CV.

So, rather than a simple list of his authored work, as seen here (figure 1),

Figure 1

Case Study: Energized innovation with Scopus

on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 21:05

At a global packaging manufacturer, Scopus is a key resource for the main information researcher. Like many researchers across all industries and types, the information researcher in this study uses Scopus to deliver reports that energize innovation and improve competitive development.

To do this, the information researcher has to overcome two main challenges in her work; the limited timeframe in which to find the relevant information, and being able to understand exactly what the researcher needs – as the subjects and areas of interest vary greatly across the company. She "always recommends Scopus as the primary starting point for new research because it actually shortens the start-up time for new projects.”

The multidisciplinary aspect of Scopus is also a real benefit – she gave the specific example of ‘clean room technology’ which returned citations from a variety of disciplines – engineering, environmental science, pharmacology,

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