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CiteScore Tracker: Keep current with how a title’s CiteScore is building each month

on Tue, 04/18/2017 - 02:46

While a metric like CiteScore provides a consistent way to track performance annually, CiteScore Tracker also shows how the current year’s CiteScore builds up each month — additional information that may be helpful when making decisions.

How it works: CiteScore Tracker is calculated in the same way as CiteScore, but for the current year, rather than previous, complete years. The numerator (citation count) of the current year’s metric builds up every month as additional citations are received, so that the construction is consistent with the construction of the complete year CiteScore. Once the new annual CiteScore value is fixed, then the CiteScore Tracker for the next year begins and is displayed on Scopus.com. For examples, once CiteScore 2016 is fixed the CiteScore Tracker 2017 will also be initiated and available on Scopus.

Where to find it:

  1. Go to the Journal Metrics page: https://journalmetrics.scopus.com/

  1. Find the

Gaining a competitive advantage with Scopus: a case study for pharma

on Fri, 04/14/2017 - 15:39

Getting a new drug to market as fast — and as safely — as possible is a key focus for any researcher or developer manager at a pharmaceutical company, regardless of size.

In such a competitive environment, facing a delay of just a few months can give a rival company the chance to get to market first, so it is important that your drug moves through every step, from trials to approval, at top speed. However, in drug development, where drug failure rates have become a challenge, you have to not only account for speed, but also the thoroughness and quality of the data you use to make the right decisions at every stage of development.

“Anything that can shorten our timelines and reduce drug failure rates gives us a competitive advantage.” — Mark Collin, Medical Affairs Executive

In the earlier discovery stages, a researcher who is able to efficiently tap into current research and scientific trends in different therapeutic

New on Scopus: Link to datasets, search funding acknowledgements and find more CiteScore transparency

on Tue, 03/28/2017 - 22:32

March has been an especially busy month for Scopus and to complete the month, we’ve introduced the following changes:

To learn more details about these changes, follow along below. Click on images to expand.

A special note for librarians at SciVal institutions: You can now can use Scopus to create a Publication Set to export and analyze in SciVal. See more information below.

Research Dataset Linking

Research dataset links can now be found on the Scopus Document details page. Through collaboration with Data Literature Interlinking (DLI) service and Scholix, Scopus is able to link articles with datasets when available on the external data repository.

Here’s how to find research datasets on Scopus:

  1. If research datasets are available on the external data repository for an
Release Date: 
March 29 2017

Elsevier is bringing the SciVal and Scopus community together for knowledge sharing and networking

on Tue, 03/21/2017 - 17:13

Elsevier is bringing the SciVal and Scopus community together for two days of updates, knowledge sharing and networking. The inaugural SciVal and Scopus European User Conference is taking place in the majestic city of Amsterdam at the EYE Film Institute. This event is free to attend for SciVal and Scopus users from European academic institutions and corporates. More specifically, research managers, librarians and research leaders are invited to attend for what promises to be a highly informative and engaging program.

At the conference we will be running workshops and plenary sessions on various topics, which will touch on the evolving expectations, available solutions, measurements, and best practices associated with the optimization of planning and executing a research strategy.

Scopus is experiencing issues with outward linking and certain link resolvers

on Fri, 03/03/2017 - 19:48

Status Update: The issue that was affecting the outward linking and certain link resolvers has now been repaired. Thank you for your patience!

Original message: Scopus is currently experiencing issues with outward linking and certain link resolvers. Work is underway to resolve this issue and we will continue to update this blog and twitter (@Scopus) as updates are available. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

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Get to the right information faster with Scopus search results page improvements

on Wed, 03/01/2017 - 03:53

Beginning last September, the look and feel of Scopus has been gradually changing. For a re-cap of what changed in both September and December of last year (including changes to the main search pages), please refer to the following posts:

This month includes changes to the document search result page, including the ability to create unique names when you save a search, making it easier to identify and organize your saved searches. Below is a detailed walk-through covering what has changed.

Note: Click on images to view in full-size. The number callouts on the images correspond with the numbered items below.

Document results page

  1. The total number of document results your search returns now appears in the blue page header, making it easier to see right away
  2. Along with the document results, the following links can also be found in the blue page header:
    1. View Secondary documents (i.e.,
Release Date: 
March 2 2017

Eugene Garfield, information scientist: 1925-2017

on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 14:09

Eugene Garfield, information scientist: 1925-2017

It is with sadness that we learned this week of the passing of Eugene Garfield, widely regarded as the father of citation indexing and of the modern field of scientometrics, the quantitative study of the scientific literature. Throughout a long and active career spanning seven decades, Garfield made significant contributions to the understanding of the growth dynamics and internal organisation of the research enterprise, building largely on data from the Science Citation Index and subsequent variants created by his company, the Institute for Scientific Information.

Through his regular columns in Current Contents and The Scientist, Garfield helped popularize a number of terms now familiar to many in scholarly research and publishing, including ‘citation classic’, ‘research front’, and ‘publish or perish.' A number of Garfield’s own contributions to the peer-reviewed literature went on to become citation classics in their own right,

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

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

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

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