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Scopus Content Selection Advisory Board meeting commences

on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:50

The Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board meeting starts today and as always, we are looking forward to the lively discussion on topics such as: publication ethics, title evaluation processes, content expansion and ongoing content development programs such as the Cited References Expansion -- and much more.

Recently it has come to our attention that more clarity is needed regarding the work that the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board does throughout the course of the year.

Board members are (independent!) experts in their respective fields and also experienced journal editors. Quality is their main criteria when selecting journals for Scopus coverage. In addition to their thorough work throughout the year, Subject Chairs meet twice per year to talk in-person about important issues in the scientific publishing community.

Scopus h-index being updated to include content from 1970 to the present

on Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:08

The Scopus Cited Reference Expansion, announced in March, is well on its way. Our October 23 release saw the expansion of the h-index publication window to 1970. The previous publication window was from 1996 onwards.

As a result, the Scopus Author Profile page may show an increase of the h-index count for some authors. These changes in the h-index count are also visible in the author profile in “Analyze author output” h-index and the Cited by (citations) tab. Moreover, it also expanded the publication window of the “Citation Overview” tool.

Why was this done: The h-index timeframe has been lengthened to 1970 in preparation for the Cited References Expansion project. The first batch of pre-1996 cited references will start appearing in November.

What is the impact to the h-index: Prior to this release the h-index was only calculated using post-1995 publications. Authors that have published work prior to 1996 may now see an increase in their h-index, even though no pre-1996 cited

Release Date: 
October 24 2014

Open Access on Scopus

on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:40

This week is Open Access Week 2014, a global event that gives the academic and research community an opportunity to learn more about Open Access. We thought it was worth noting that out of the  21,000+ journals indexed by Scopus, 2,800 are gold open access journals (DOAJ-registered). You can view these titles in the publicly-available Scopus title list.

Moreover, Scopus features other “open” features like our open author profiles – just google “free author lookup” to access them:

You can read more about the new Scopus author profile page here. Also, don’t miss the chance to have a look at this selection of interesting open access research papers published in Elsevier journals on topics such as health, environment, personality and culture. Interested in knowing more about Open Access Week? You can follow the latest news via the hashtag #OAWeek.

Reaxys links on Scopus currently disabled

on Mon, 10/13/2014 - 15:06

We are aware that Reaxys links on the abstract (document details) pages in Scopus are currently disabled. We are working to identify the problem and expect to have these links fixed as soon as possible, likely within the next few weeks. All other links are working as expected. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you.

As soon as we have the Reaxys links restored, we will post a notice on this blog. Please also follow us on Twitter@scopus for regular news and updates.

 

Release Date: 
October 13 2014

Scopus Content update: 50,000 books indexed

on Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:27

Since our last content update in June, we’ve been busy moving the Scopus Books Expansion project along. To date, you can see more than 50,000 books in Scopus!

In case you missed the announcement, in mid-2013 Scopus launched the Books Expansion Project. Books from more than 30 major publishers such as Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, Brill, Walter de Gruyter, Princeton University Press, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis, Palgrave Macmillan and Project Muse have been selected and are being processed for inclusion in Scopus. Although books from all subject fields are considered for the project, the focus is on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities -- at least 25% of the books currently in Scopus are in these subject fields.

We asked Dr. Richard Whatmore, Arts & Humanities chairperson for Scopus’ Content Selection & Advisory Board, to tell us a bit about his favorite book in Scopus:

“My favourite book in Scopus is John (J. G. A.) Pocock's The

Scopus to test new system in order to improve speed

on Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:55

Starting September 15, Scopus will test a method of selective internet routing to speed up delivery of our pages to customers. Most customers will see an improvement in speed. However, some customers with unusual internet configurations may experience a problem. If you are suddenly unable to access Scopus as before, this may be due to incompatibility with the new routing method.

If you suddenly lose access to Scopus, please first check that the above is indeed the reason for the problem by trying the following URL: www2.scopus.com. This should give you direct access to the original Scopus IP address as before the test.  If you now have access again, then you will need to follow the steps below to restore normal service.

While we help you fix the problem, your users can continue to use Scopus via a workaround using www2.scopus.com. This may occasionally require them to change the URL – adding a 2 after www – for some links.

IP white listing is the problem

The problem is expected to arise if

Release Date: 
September 15 2014

Scopus interface improvements released Saturday, September 6

on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:46

Since launching a more streamlined interface in February, the Scopus Team has been working on additional site developments that include enhancing Scopus analysis tools as well as improving ORCID functionality.

Taking a close look at the Scopus analysis tools, the team made some changes that better support day-to-day research tasks. As a result all analysis tools have been redesigned to provide a more consistent experience across Scopus. Specifically, these 3 tools have been improved and renamed and now include new features such as the option to export charts and graphs.

Old Scopus name

New Scopus name

Location on Scopus

Analyze Results

Analyze Search Results

Document Search Result page

Author Evaluator

Analyze Author Output

Author Details page

Analyze Journals

Compare Journals

Main search page

 

 
New Analyze Search Results illustrating documents by subject area:

 

 

New Analyze Author Output with

Release Date: 
September 6 2014

Scopus to cease support of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7)

on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:21

As of September 6, Scopus is discontinuing its support for Internet Explorer 7 (IE7). This means that users currently using IE 7 or any previous versions of Internet Explorer will no longer be able to access Scopus.com after this date.

For the purpose of providing an optimal user experience and maintaining platform performance, Scopus is discontinuing the support of older browsers which do not support the new functionalities in the upcoming September 6 release. This decision is also in line with Microsoft ceasing its support for Windows XP and IE7 per April 2014.

In order for our users to continue benefitting from Scopus’ new features and functionalities, we recommend that you upgrade your browser to IE 8 or higher or use Google Chrome or Firefox browsers.

Release Date: 
August 5 2014

2013 SNIP and SJR journal metrics now available in Scopus

on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:53

When evaluating the performance of a journal (or an article or individual researcher), we believe that the research community benefits from having access to a broad range of metrics to better understand performance – it's impossible for one metric to serve all the necessary purposes.

Since 2010 Scopus has offered two journal metrics – the Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) and the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) – via the Journal Analyzer functionality in Scopus.

The Journal Analyzer allows you to select up to 10 journals for comparison; the results are uploaded into graphs, making it easy to see how journals perform relative to each other.

Additionally the SNIP, SJR and now IPP (Impact per Publication) values can also be viewed per journal in the publicly available title list or via the 'Browse sources' tab in Scopus (only SNIP and SJR are currently in the Scopus interface).

Some additional resources for Journal Metrics:

Release Date: 
July 22 2014

Titles indexed in Scopus: Check before you publish

on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:13

 

An updated version of this post is now available, with new lists and information to verify what is indexed in Scopus. Click this link to read the updated post.

Publication malpractice is an unfortunate occurrence in the world of scholarly literature. It happens in all subject areas and in all jurisdictions and few journals or books are immune. Here at Scopus, we have recently received notification of journals that purport to be indexed by Scopus but really are not. These journals have even gone as far as to forge letters from the Head of Scopus Content (signature and all)! And just because a journal may have a Scopus logo on their web site, this does not mean they’re indexed in Scopus.

As an author, if you would like to know if your published article will be included in Scopus, we urge you to take note of the following before submitting your work to a journal or conference.

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