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How researchers at R&D organizations use Scopus to overcome challenges

on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 22:52

Contributed by: Alexandra Kahn

To better understand how Scopus helps to support research and development outcomes, and pass that information along to you, we recently surveyed R&D organizations that use Scopus.

Whether to stay abreast of scientific developments, develop new ideas quicker, keep ahead of the competition, or find key experts and opinion leaders, organizations have found Scopus enables their R&D researchers to overcome industry challenges.

In this post, we focus on 2 key ways Scopus is making a difference for researchers in the R&D industry.

Finding key experts

A key benefit of Scopus repeatedly expressed was the ability to find the right experts working in a specific area of interest. A few of the comments relating to this included:

“We were faced with a technical problem where we didn't have the competencies internally.

Scopus and SciVal Case Studies: How universities in Taiwan stay competitive in a challenging academic environment

on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 18:57
By Kelsey Grentzer

Last year, we introduced a library of video and written case studies in which university leaders from around the world share how they are using Scopus, SciVal and Pure to answer pressing challenges faced by their researchers and research managers.

Now added to the library are three new videos featuring university leaders in Taiwan. In their own words, hear about the role Scopus and SciVal play in shaping research strategies, improving rankings with THE and QS, and facilitating international collaboration for their institutions:

A new standard of journal citation impact: Powered by Scopus

on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 21:22

As the age of electronic publishing has matured, researchers, publishers, bibliometricians, librarians, institutional leaders and others in academia have been exploring ways to bring research metrics into the 21st century. Journal metrics continue to be important in the research community, alongside metrics for measuring other entities such as articles, researchers, institutions, subject areas, and so forth.

Today, Scopus is expanding its basket of metrics by adding CiteScore™ metrics — a family of eight indicators that offer complementary views to analyze the impact of all serial titles — including journals — on Scopus.

Easy and free to access, the family of CiteScore metrics include:

  • CiteScore
  • CiteScore Tracker
  • CiteScore Percentile
  • CiteScore Quartiles
  • CiteScore Rank
  • Citation Count
  • Document Count
  • Percentage Cited

A new standard and how it works:

CiteScore is essentially the average

Release Date: 
December 8 2016

Scopus gets a more streamlined look

on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 17:22

In continuation to earlier workflow improvements made on Scopus, you may have noticed some additional changes to the Scopus homepage recently! We encourage you to go to Scopus now and check out the new streamlined look. Here are a few tips to help you get up to speed (click on figures to expand view):

Document Search

  1. “Compare journals” has been renamed to “Compare sources”.
  2.  “Add search field” is now represented by a “+” button. Click on this to add an additional search field. To remove additional search fields you can click the “-“ button.
  3. The “limit to” section is now hidden by default. You can click on the “Limit” drop down link to display the date range (inclusive) and document type filters.
  4. The subject areas in the “limit to” section have been removed. As default, all subject areas will be used when doing a search. You can still filter on subject areas after you have done a search using the refine panel on the left hand side.

Author

Release Date: 
December 8 2016

The role of the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board: In their words

on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 22:50

A few weeks ago, The Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) met in Toronto for its biannual meeting. During the meeting they discussed and made decisions regarding content and content policies. Some of the main discussion items included publication ethics, the Scopus journal re-evaluation process, and the overall review and acceptance process. The recommendations of the CSAB directly influence the overall direction of Scopus and the prioritization of new content requests to ensure that Scopus stays international and relevant for the global research community. As we continue to report on CSAB led initiatives and Scopus policy decisions, we also wanted to bring the members of the content board closer to you, letting them share who they are, what they do and their vision for the breadth and depth of Scopus content. You can find a list of the board members here, but also hear from some of our members in these 3 videos:

Scopus will no longer support Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) beginning November 3, 2016

on Tue, 10/25/2016 - 23:25

As of November 3 2016, Scopus will no longer support Internet Explorer 9 (IE9). In January 2016, Microsoft announced its official discontinuation of Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 (more information can be found on Microsoft’s support page).

Scopus is in the process of improving its workflow by updating its user interface to the latest technology, HTML5. Scopus aims to provide the best possible user experience, utilizing the most effective tools and most powerful technology. Moving from older technologies to support new ones enables us to improve the performance of the product and develop a better user experience for all our users. Older browsers like IE9 do not support HTML5, the new industry standard for structuring and presenting content for the web. HTML5 supports mobile devices, doesn’t rely on plug-ins, and provides a faster customer experience.

In order for our users to continue benefitting from Scopus’ new features and functionalities, we would like to recommend upgrading your

Release Date: 
November 3 2016

Is a title indexed in Scopus? A reminder to check before you publish

on Mon, 10/24/2016 - 16:35

“Elsevier has also done extensive work addressing the issue of journals that have been suspended from its research publication database Scopus for inappropriate publishing behaviour – this is an ongoing task that ensures that the papers that we do measure really represent good quality research and those from suspended are not counted.”

Times Higher Education: World University Rankings blog: what’s new for 2016-2017?

This quote is a testament to the positive impact of the independent Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) working with the Scopus Content Product team to ensure that both quality standards and publication practice standards are in place for Scopus. As part of this effort, several initiatives have been adopted over the past two years helping to reinforce that content indexed in Scopus

represents “good quality research,” and that underperforming titles (as determined by the CSAB re-evaluation process), or titles

Accelerate academic research using Scopus APIs

on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 18:03

Did you know Scopus data can be used to help facilitate your research and be integrated in your published work? Scopus data has been used to help researchers:

  • Analyze cited-by counts across specific, singular academic disciplines
  • Study relationships between authors’ geographic locations and academic affiliations
  • Analyze the relationship of citing works from a limited set of publications
  • And more.

To make this easier and more efficient, you can now obtain a Scopus API key for free and without having to seek permission — provided you are affiliated with a subscribing institution and using the data in support of academic research.To get an idea of how others are using Scopus data in their published work, run a search in Scopus using: “Scopus data”.  

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What you need to know about Scopus APIs

The Elsevier Developer Portal is a self-service site.

A new look for Scopus

on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 02:32

Have you seen Scopus lately? If so, then you probably noticed the refreshed look. If not, then we encourage you to go and open Scopus now. Aside from the more modern look and feel, there are also some functional changes we would like to bring to your attention.To help quickly bring you up to speed, here is a side-by-side comparison between the former version and how it looks today (click on the images to enlarge).

  1. The Scopus home page (Scopus.com) still opens to the search form; however, if you are looking for your ‘Alerts’ and ‘Lists,’ you’ll now find them in the header. If you don’t use ‘Alerts’ and ‘Lists,’ perhaps now is a good time to register and try them out.

  1. To browse and explore content sources in Scopus (i.e., journals, books, conference proceedings, trade publications), you’ll now find that the former ‘Browse Sources’ link has moved to the page header and is called ‘Sources.’ If you want to compare journals across multiple
Release Date: 
September 28 2016
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Maintenance planned for Scopus on September 21, 2016

on Sun, 09/18/2016 - 21:34

Update: This planned maintenance was completed at 2:00 PM EDT. All Scopus features are back to normal. Thank your for your patience!

Please be advised that on September 21, 2016 the Scopus team will be performing maintenance on Scopus beginning at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (16:00 UTC) and lasting 2 hours. During this time, Scopus will continue to be available in a read-only interface; meaning, Scopus will still be accessible and function as normal with the exception of saving and modifying searches; creating and modifying alerts; and adding items to or updating any saved lists. We ask that you please note the maintenance time and avoid using any of the customizable features during this period.

Release Date: 
September 21 2016

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