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Behind the scenes: the Scopus product team

on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 22:18

So who are the people that work on Scopus? We thought it was time to let you meet them, in their own words. Rather than overwhelm you, I'll break this up into a few smaller groups. I asked everyone on our team the same 4-5 questions and here is what they had to say. My own "interview" is still to come...

First up, Senior Product Managers Dr. Wim Meester and Michael Habib and Market Development Manager Becky Brown.

Michael Habib, Senior Product Manager

Twitter: @habib

 How do you describe your role on the Scopus product team and what's your story?

As Senior Product Manager for Elsevier's Scopus, I am currently focused on altmetrics, author profiling, and Mendeley integration. I also serves as an ORCID Ambassador and on the NISO Alternative Metrics Initiative Steering Committee. Prior to joining Elsevier, I worked at the print-on-demand publisher

Scopus content update: the Arts & Humanities

on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 15:20

Scopus turns 10 this year (!) and we are doing a bit of looking back – and looking forward – to see how the database has grown from both a user and content perspective. One area that we thought would be interesting to focus on is the specific improvements Scopus has made in the coverage of the Arts & Humanities; below is a brief overview of a few content enhancement projects.


In 2008, Scopus covered approximately 2,000 Humanities titles. In 2009, to further increase the number of Humanities titles in the database, project MUSE and the initial ERIH list were used to identify additional relevant titles that could be reviewed via the Scopus Title Evaluation Process (STEP).


A similar content expansion project was undertaken in which the coverage of the revised ERIH list, the Social Science Citation Index, the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the titles list of Evaluation Agency for Research and Evaluation, France (AERES), and the Humanities journal indexes Cairns and

Scopus to add cited references for pre-1996 content

on Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:22

If anyone in our Amsterdam office sits near the Scopus team they may have overheard us tossing out numbers such as “1970”, “8 million” and “1996”. What do these numbers have in common exactly? They are all integral to the Scopus Cited References Expansion program which launched earlier this month and will (begin to) become evident with the Scopus interface in the fourth quarter of 2014.

The Scopus team is thrilled to officially announce the launch of the Scopus Cited References Expansion project. After extensive evaluation of feedback from the research community, internal discussion and operational documentation, our content team successfully made the investment case to include cited references in the Scopus database – going back to 1970 for pre-1996 content!

The Cited References Expansion project aims to increase the depth of Scopus’ scholarly content while enhancing the ability to use Scopus for evaluation and trend analysis. Moreover, author profiles and h-index counts of

Scopus, Spinoza and the Arts & Humanities

on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:21

Increasingly people are aware that Scopus is by far the largest scholarly database for the humanities. Out of 8,000 active journals and book series titles in the social sciences 2,600 are in Arts & Humanities. Next to that our books expansion program is beginning to show impressive numbers with thousands of monographs also being indexed in Scopus.

But perhaps less well known is that the influence of Arts & Humanities is also noticeable in other fields. Let’s have a look at this and take as case in point the works of Benedict de Spinoza, who was born almost four hundred years ago actually not that far from our office here in Amsterdam. He wrote on many philosophical topics such as politics and psychology and has been credited for pre-empting the Enlightenment . He even wrote on the concept of “scopus” (an intended goal)! Einstein once said that if he believed in a god it would be the god of Spinoza.

If you search for Spinoza in Scopus you will get an impressive list of records: 219 in

Scopus celebrates Pi Day

on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 00:33

Happy Pi day! 3.14159 (or the number otherwise known as Pi or π) is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. This irrational number has long intrigued mathematicians and has even found a place in pop culture with its own holiday. Even our friends at ElsevierConnect have written about it today.

Pi appears throughout history. From Antiquity (there’s debate about if the Giza Pyramid builders had knowledge of Pi), to ancient Greek, Chinese, Indian and Persian mathematicians (including Archimedes, Liu Hui, Aryabhata and Jamshīd al-Kāshī), to 17th and 18th century European mathematicians and into the modern computer age.

So let’s talk about Scopus’ math content. An Advanced search for SUBJAREA(MATH) yields more than 2.1M results. 2.114221 to be precise (search executed 3/14/2014). Refining the initial search using the limiter “pi” narrows the results to 40,402 documents.

By clicking on “Analyze results” you can see more detail about these 40,402 records including popular

IE11 now supported by Scopus

on Thu, 03/13/2014 - 13:11

On Wednesday March 12, a fix was made in Scopus to support Internet Explorer 11. Users no longer need to switch on the compatibility view in Internet Explorer 11 in order to properly view

Release Date: 
March 12 2014

Elsevier's Postdoc Free Access Program is back

on Mon, 03/10/2014 - 20:26

The Scopus team always loves programs that help support early career researchers (check out these great free resources) and now there is some great news for postdocs!

Elsevier's Postdoc Free Access Program is back. The program is designed to help early career researchers who are between positions stay up-to-date in their respective fields. Eligible applicants can receive complimentary access to journals and books on ScienceDirect for up to 6 months. Researchers who currently do not have a research position and have received their PhD’s in the last 5 years or less can learn more about the program and submit their details through the following website:

The deadline for applications is August 31, 2014. After applications have been reviewed, eligible candidates will receive a personal code that they can use to sign up for 6 months of free access to ScienceDirect.

Mendeley Readership Statistics available in Scopus

on Fri, 03/07/2014 - 15:50

Scopus is pleased to announce a new feature that will show users the Mendeley readership statistics of a specific article. The beta version of Mendeley readership statistics went live on March 7, 2014. This new feature shows how many times Mendeley users have downloaded a specific article to their libraries. Additionally, it also shows a demographic breakdown by discipline, academic status and country of origin.

These statistics appear on the Scopus Documents Details pages for which at least one Mendeley user has saved the document in their collection – if no one has saved it, the feature will not appear to Scopus users (similar to how Altmetric for Scopus works). When it does show, there is a link out to view the record on Mendeley.

As a complement to traditional citation metrics, Mendeley readership can demonstrate alternative types of academic influence. The most read article on Mendeley, “How to choose a good

Release Date: 
March 7 2014

New Elsevier mobile app helps researchers keep up to date

on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:36

Elsevier’s latest mobile app, availabe on the Elsevier WebShop, is the publisher-neutral Research Highlights, which is free to anyone who needs to keep up to date with the new research that is being published in their field. The Research Highlights app harnesses the power of Scopus to let researchers track critical search terms across more than 20,000 peer-reviewed journals from hundreds of publishers.

Once you've downloaded the app and set up your preferences, you can check author-written bulleted highlights and/or the abstract to determine which articles to read in full. Then, with a single click, you can send a full text URL to your email inbox. Back at your desk you will find the selected articles waiting -- whether to print off, or read on a full-size screen. Your content licenses will also be recognized, ensuring seamless access to all the content you have rights to! 

We think Research Highlights is especially handy because it allows users to follow new research from all

An update on Scopus browser support

on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:13

Following our February 2014 release, there have been inquiries regarding which browsers Scopus currently supports. Scopus is now supporting the following browsers:

Internet Explorer 8

Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 10

Chrome 32

Firefox 27


For optimal user experience on we encourage users to use Chrome or Firefox.

Note for IE7 users:

Scopus is currently compatible with IE7, however support is limited as the browser is nearing its End of Life (EOL) date.

Note for IE11 users:

IE11 is not yet supported by Scopus. Users that are experiencing problems with IE11 while visiting can switch on IE11 compatibility view to ensure proper display.

Instructions to turn on compatibility view:

1) Open IE11 and click on the tool icon on the upper right corner. Click on Compatibility View settings.


2) You will see the below popup.