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Scopus homepage re-design coming January 18

on Thu, 01/14/2021 - 19:22

We are testing and improving the Scopus homepage over the next few months, starting with a refresh of the search form. This is to make it simpler, easier to use and more accessible based on direct feedback from our users.

We initially tested this new design with an A/B test (which you may have seen) and have been closely monitoring your feedback. The results indicate that the new design is performing better and helps users to more effectively search for valuable insights. Therefore, we will be releasing this improvement to all customers on 18th January.

Part of a broader re-design of the Scopus homepage

This update is part of a broader re-design of the Scopus homepage. Other changes we’re planning over the next few months include:

  • improved search history,
  • the addition of saved searches to the home page,
  • improved alerts to help you stay-up-to date, and
  • better linking to your author profile.

We’ll continue to

Meet the Team: Rachel Guenevere Brennesholtz, Senior Publisher Relations Manager

on Wed, 12/23/2020 - 21:21

This profile is part of a Scopus blog series, featuring the Secondary Content Operations team. This team looks after the relationships with all third parties such as publishers, societies and funding agencies whose content is included in Scopus, Engineering Village and other multi-publisher platforms. 

Name: Rachel Guenevere Brennesholtz

Job title: Senior Publisher Relations Manager, Secondary Content Operations

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I grew up on a farm in rural New York and moved to Philadelphia after university.  One thing that people always find interesting is that I did my MBA in Mumbai, India.  I am a cyclist and an apple pie lover, which makes living in Amsterdam perfect. The Dutch love their bikes and always finish a long ride with pie.     

When did you join Elsevier? June 2015. I moved from the US to Amsterdam to run Pure marketing and moved into the Secondary Content

Meet the Team: Kalyani Sridhar, Senior Engagement Manager, Secondary Content Operations

on Wed, 12/23/2020 - 19:31

This profile is part of a Scopus blog series, featuring the Secondary Content Operations team. This team looks after the relationships with all third parties such as publishers, societies and funding agencies whose content is included in Scopus, Engineering Village and other multi-publisher platforms. 

Name:  Kalyani Sridhar 

Job title:  Senior Engagement Manager, Secondary Content Operations  

How would you explain your job to a stranger on a bus? First, I would ask what that person is doing for work. If the person worked in research or publishing, I would explain I help support third-party content on Scopus.  I would say that I help researches get a huge audience for their work and expand their readership network.   

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am a calm, but fun-loving person. I am interested in gardening and have a small garden.

Meet the Team: Sophie Wolthers, Director Publishing Relations

on Fri, 12/18/2020 - 20:45

Welcome to a new series on the Scopus blog, featuring the Secondary Content Operations team. This team looks after the relationships with all third parties such as publishers, societies and funding agencies whose content is included in Scopus, Engineering Village and other multi-publisher platforms. 

Name: Sophie Wolthers 

Job title: Director Publishing Relations 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

Although Dutch by birth, the first 21 years of my life were spent living in many different parts of the world. I consider this exposure to different cultures as one of the most enriching experiences of my life and one that has fundamentally shaped me to see us all as global citizens of the world.      

When did you join Elsevier? 

January 2001 and being immersed in such an environment of incredibly driven and dedicated individuals has been inspirational. 

What do you love most about your job? 


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Scopus

on Wed, 12/09/2020 - 19:58

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of a plan to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone by 2030. The 15-year plan has 17 goals with 169 targets aimed at stimulating action in areas of critical importance to humanity and the environment.

Elsevier data science teams built pre-generated search queries for 16 of the SDGs. These search queries are now available as part of Scopus Advanced search and can help researchers and institutions track and demonstrate progress towards the targets of the SDGs. Full details of the methodology and results for each SDG search query are available on Mendeley.

How were the search queries created?

Elsevier data scientists designed the queries. The initial work was part of a request from Times Higher Education (THE) who asked for help in defining SDG search queries for use in their University Impact Rankings by SDGs. This original query then formed the starting point for several rounds

Scopus filters for Open Access type and 5.5 million more OA articles (17 million in total!)

on Wed, 12/09/2020 - 18:51

Key points:

  • As of 9th December, Scopus has new Open Access filters, providing greater clarity on the type of open access per article.
  • With this new classification system, there are an additional ~5.5 million articles (17 million from 11.5 million) receiving the Open Access label, as we expand our definition of open access to include those available in open repositories (typically referred as ‘Green OA’).
  • Users can now filter their results on the Documents Results page on ‘all open access articles’ or use specific OA tags i.e. gold, hybrid gold, green and bronze.

Where are the Open Access definitions derived from? 

The source of OA documents in Scopus is Unpaywall, a database run by Impactstory (a non-profit organization) which harvests Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories. 

Which Open Access filters are supported in Scopus?

Scopus users can now see Open Access Gold, Hybrid-Gold, Green or Bronze status per document.
Furthermore, the Scopus advanced search

Optimizing Scopus research data points for Times Higher Education rankings

on Fri, 06/05/2020 - 21:27

Times Higher Education (THE) has provided trusted performance data on universities for students and their families, university academics, university leaders, governments and industry, since 2004. THE World University Rankings rely on Scopus and SciVal to measure research productivity and influence to develop quantitative benchmarks for universities worldwide. These international rankings provide an important yardstick for institutions and play a key role in attracting top students from around the globe.

Join Liz Bober, Library Assessment Officer, for a presentation on how Scopus and SciVal help optimize Case Western University research information and datapoints. Liz will share insights into how she uses the Scopus Institution Profile Wizard to logically organize research output data for individual departments and schools within the institution. Further, she will discuss how her team educates researchers on the importance of maintaining their research output data.

During the webinar,

Scopus Institution Profile Wizard

on Mon, 08/19/2019 - 15:48

The Institution Profile Wizard allows institutions (with Scopus access) to modify their institution profiles and correct their organizational hierarchies to ensure the correct set of institution profiles are grouped together and displayed on Scopus.

As Scopus institutional publication data is included in various ranking methodologies (e.g. Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS World University Rankings), this tool allows for greater accuracy when reporting institutional data.  Scopus publication and citation data also powers SciVal.

To get started, please fill out and submit this form. This will allow us to connect you with your local Scopus account team.

Please note that in order to access the Institution Profile Wizard, Scopus users (no more than three per institution) will have to  provide a signed authorization letter from the institution (the letter will be provided upon submitting the above form).

An authorized Institution Profile Wizard user should have:

Scopus migrating to an improved sign-in system

on Thu, 08/15/2019 - 14:36

Scopus will integrate with Elsevier's new Identity Management System, which will improve users’ sign-in, registration and remote access experience, as well as allow for Single-Sign-On across Elsevier products and services.

This new user experience is designed to be intuitive, but there will be some minor changes in the sign-in or registration process when outside of your institutional IP range.

Please click here to see what may change for you and your users in the sign on screen.

Fact or Fiction? Hyphens in an article title negatively impact citation counts

on Wed, 06/12/2019 - 17:59

A recent article in the journal IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering by Zhi Quan Zhou, T.H. Tse, and Matt Witheridge, doi: 10.1109/TSE.2019.2915065, has drawn attention due to its claim that the number of hyphens in article titles negatively impacts the citation counts of such articles in abstract and citation databases such as Scopus and Web of Science.

Hyphens do not play a role in Scopus reference linking. Scopus matching algorithms (e.g. those that match references to articles) cope with many kinds of variations of punctuation, because punctuation in an article title is where the most discrepancies occur when the article is cited. Missed reference matches are continually analyzed by the Scopus team and the occurrence of hyphens in article titles is not a reason for the missing citation links. Therefore we reject the claim made in the article.

In addition, we observe:

  1. The dataset used in the article is very small: it contains 140,000 articles which is 0.19% of Scopus.
  2. The