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Get deeper insights from your Scopus search results with SciVal’s new release

on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:41

SciVal’s April release brings with it a number of improvements to help you analyze more deeply and share your work more easily with your institutional peers, further enhancing the seamless integration between Scopus and SciVal.

Some of the new enhancements include:

  • Get instant performance snapshots of your Publication Sets in the Overview module, including the ones that you can create using your Scopus search results

  • Further analyze the Publication Set to see the top researchers, institutions, publications and more

  • Analyze the impact of the Publication Set in the Benchmarking module

  • Easily view the performance of any Scopus journal classification

To learn more about the release, register now for one of the free webinars:

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Scopus further increases interoperability with SciVal

on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:03

Instantly evaluate Scopus results in SciVal

On March 25, Scopus added the ability to directly export a list of Scopus documents to SciVal, Elsevier’s benchmarking and analytics product,to enable further analysis.Available to users with access to both products, the ‘Scopus to SciVal export’ feature reduces the number of steps when using the two products together.

This new feature further increases the interoperability between Scopus and SciVal, both products within the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio.

Here is how the Scopus to SciVal export works:

Step 1: The user enters a search in Scopus.

Step 2: From the search result page, the user selects the desired documents and adds them to a temporary Scopus list,
by going to the 'More’ option and choosing ‘Add to My list’.


Step 3: From ‘My list’ in Scopus, the user will see the option to ‘Export a list to SciVal’.

Release Date: 
March 25 2015

Takeaways from the Times Higher Education MENA Universities Summit

on Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:45

Over the last year the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region has seen very exciting developments in terms of research growth. This was further established at the inaugural Times Higher Education MENA Universities Summit that was recently held in Doha, Qatar. M'hamed Aisati (Director Content & Analytics, Elsevier) was there to talk about Scopus content and the breadth of coverage in the region.

M'hamed’s presentation gave a broad overview of the interdisciplinary scientific information available in Scopus, while stressing the value of research metrics in order to assess efficiently ongoing research and current developments – an area where Scopus plays a key role given its breadth of content and focus on quality through content selection by the independent Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB).

M’hamed Aisati presenting about the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board

A proof of concept for a top-30 MENA ranking was also

The pursuit of happiness

on Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:59

What does it mean to be happy? On an individual level, a career, a family, a social life, a home, a hobby, education and health could define happiness. Happiness has long been a holistic approach based on the fundamental idea that material and tangible gain must be balanced with emotional and social well-being.

The International Day of Happiness is March 20th and was declared a holiday by the United Nations to celebrate the happiness of individual nations across the globe. Countries looked at Gross National Product and realized that simply looking at the bottom line in terms of income doesn’t define the well-being of the country as a whole. Social and environmental considerations are equally as important.

The Sustainable Development Solutions Network releases an annual report that measures the happiness of 150 nations around the world.


Total eclipse of the sun (and who’s studying it)

on Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:17

Day will turn into darkness on Friday, March 20 during a total solar eclipse - a phenomenon which occurs when the moon's apparent diameter is larger than the sun's, blocking all direct sunlight. But no need to alarm; totality will only have a maximum duration of 2 minutes 47 seconds off the coast of the Faroe Islands.

Looking at Scopus content related to solar eclipse from 1836 to the present, it is interesting to see how scientific output is spread across an array of different disciplines, stretching from astronomy and planetary sciences to engineering, medicine, and social sciences.

Carrying significant impact upon existing energy supplies, solar eclipses are being studied by researchers across the globe. Focusing on the scientific landscape for research area “solar eclipse” in SciVal, we had a look at the top countries and institutions over the last 5 years (2010-2015). In terms of scholarly output (as well as total number of views), the

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! (+3 facts about the Irish research landscape)

on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:53

Celebrating Irish culture and heritage, Saint Patrick's Day is observed every year on March 17 in commemoration of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), patron saint of Ireland.

Before donning our green shirts and running to the nearest Irish pub for a pint of Guinness, we wanted to have a closer look at how Ireland is performing  in terms of scientific research and output.

Here is Ireland's overview in SciVal for the period 2012-1014:

As shown in the above chart, the color of the three-leaved shamrock also has its share in contemporary Irish research: 14.2% of all publications lie within the green subject areas (biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, agricultural and biological sciences).

Digging deeper into the Scopus-based data in SciVal, here are 3 things we found out about the Irish research landscape:

1. The top 3 institutions in terms of number of publications and total citations are: University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin,

Celebrating the ultimate pi moment

on Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:49

Pi Day is observed annually on March 14, commemorating the famous mathematical constant π (pi) that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

On the occasion of Pi Day we dug through our Scopus math content: from a total of 2.3M+ results for subject area ''mathematics'', 71.4% of the content comes from journal articles, while 22.7% is derived from conference papers (compared to 82.3% and 15.1% respectively from one year ago).

You can view the complete breakdown below:

Read more about Elsevier mathematics journals and learn about free access to archived articles.

Did you know?

  • Albert Einstein's birthday also falls on March 14.

  • Pi Day 2015 is quite special, since there will be an instant when the first 10 digits of Pi are reflected on the (US) date/time format (3/14/15, 9:26:53).

Scopus provides insights into Amsterdam’s competitive advantages

on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:00

Drawing on Scopus data, the ground-breaking report Mapping Research and Innovation: Understanding Amsterdam’s Competitive Advantage was released today showing how Amsterdam is building its future on a foundation of research to create a sustainable knowledge economy.

Developed by Elsevier Analytical Services in partnership with the Urban Innovation Network, the report explores the importance of aligning research with city development policies and provides a macro picture of Amsterdam’s research base.

Using Scopus data and SciVal analytics, the report analyzes the city's competitiveness across multiple dimensions of research performance from 2004-2013. Using Amsterdam as an extended case study, it provides a holistic view of the city’s research strengths and benchmarks its performance against other European cities of comparable size (a.o.

Librarians Do Research Too! — Download the free ebooklet

on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:56

The newly available Librarians Do Research Too! is a 25-page ebooklet for Library and Information Science professionals who want to start their own research projects. This Library Connect Blueprint for Success provides inspiration, guidance and resources from a leading LIS researcher.

Author Carol Tenopir is the Chancellor’s Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville School of Information Sciences. She is the author of five books and more than 200 journal articles, and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. Her areas of teaching and research include: information access and retrieval, electronic publishing, the information industry, online resources, and the impact of technology on reference librarians and scientists.

Download and share Librarians Do Research Too!

Dr. Tenopir will be discussing Librarians Do Research Too! in the April 16 webinar Building a professional identity: from research to impact. Register for the webinar.

'2015 Best Chinese University Ranking' report based on Scopus data

on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:26

We are pleased to announce that the inaugural and recently-released "2015 Best Chinese University Ranking" report, based on evaluation by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy (SRC), is using Scopus data and metrics from SciVal analytics. A truly exciting start to the Year of the Sheep (as 2015 is referred to by the Chinese zodiac)!

The report provides a detailed look at key research performance indicators of more than 1,000 higher education institutions across mainland China. SRC's ranking of Chinese universities offers objective benchmarking of research performance of higher education institutions, allowing research management offices and higher education agencies to make strategic decisions around policy development and investments towards building the research capabilities of these universities.

Further to SRC, Scopus data and SciVal analytics also support Times Higher Education's World University ranking, US News &