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Case Study: Increased competitive advantage in developing functional materials

on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 21:43

At a leading supplier of functional materials, a couple of research engineers shared with us how they use Scopus to save time and increase their competitive advantage in developing advanced functional materials.

Developing attractive new products, improving existing products to better satisfy evolving customer expectations, and upgrading manufacturing processes to be more efficient are the top concerns of this company. Additionally, compliance with the latest environmental and safety regulations is another major factor. Across various divisions, including the glass and ceramics group, Scopus is a reliable tool that enables innovation in a fraction of the time previously spent – the engineers estimate that it made the investigational stage of research 40% more effective, and lowered development time by 20%.

The richness and variety of data available in Scopus enable researchers to vastly speed up the process of basic research.

Journal Article: “A ‘basket of metrics’—the best support for understanding journal merit”

on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 20:17

Earlier this year, Dr. Lisa Colledge, Director of Research Metrics at Elsevier, published a Usage Guidebook and an article about the usage-based metrics and tools. Elsevier has made both available to help you analyze and understand the impact of research.

As a follow up to these efforts, a webinar was held to introduce the usage guidebook where participants were asked a number of questions about how they currently use and perceive usage metrics. Around 200 external participants joined from all over the world; the most-represented countries were the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Italy and Canada.

Many of the attendees previously participated in our SciVal Trends launch webinars, which introduced usage as a new data source in SciVal.

The Scopus Article Metrics module: Pinpointing the best articles to read, fast

on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:28

Trying to decide what to read? Make more informed decisions with the Article Metrics module in Scopus. It includes metrics based on four alternative metrics categories endorsed by the Snowball Metrics project and provides you with an at-a-glance look into how an article has been received, looking at both citation impact and levels of community engagement. 

To learn how to use the Article Metrics module, watch this 2 minute video, or follow the steps below.

Watch the 'Using the Right Metrics' webinar to learn more about the metrics available in Scopus!

 

  1. In Scopus, find and open a document that interests you
  2. From the document page, scroll down and look for the ‘Metrics’ sidebar on the right-hand side of the page
  3. The module displays the following information:
    • Citation Count and percentile benchmark
    • Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)
    • Mendeley Readership count and benchmark
    • Count of 1 type of Scholarly Commentary (e.g., blog posts,

6 easy ways to power up your academic community on Scopus

on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 21:17

Do you have what you need to inform new students and faculty, and reacquaint returnees, about the many uses of Scopus? Follow our checklist for 6 easy ways to refresh yourself and ready your community.

  1. Update your LibGuide and library website. Highlight new features and expanded coverage such as the:
    1. Addition of nearly 4 million pre-1996 articles
    2. Article metrics module
    3. Open access indicators for journals
  2. Promote the tool. Display a looping animated Scopus PowerPoint slide deck on screens throughout your library, and print posters to display at workstations. Download both from our “Promote Scopus” toolkit.
  3. Provide training materials. Our Get Started & Get Help page has an overview video that you can share or embed on your own website, and a printable quick reference guide. Use both to help users quickly learn the Scopus basics.
  4. Send out an introductory email. Customize our Scopus onboarding email template for your institution in a matter of

Seamlessly integrate Scopus citation counts into your webpage

on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 16:19

Scopus APIs are a great way to showcase your research, your institution’s work and connect others with Scopus content and data. Additionally, anyone can obtain an API key and use our APIs free of charge, provided that our policies for using APIs and the data are honored.  You can learn about the variety of APIs available for Scopus on our new Scopus API page here.  We also thought it would be helpful to highlight the value each Scopus API provides, one post at a time, starting with this one on the Scopus Cited-by Counts API.

To provide an example of how Scopus APIs can add value, Victoria Rao, the Elsevier Product Manager responsible for both Scopus and ScienceDirect APIs, presents a personal example — using the Scopus Cited-by Counts API to add a dynamic display of her husband’s research accomplishments into his online publication list and CV.

So, rather than a simple list of his authored work, as seen here (figure 1),

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Case Study: Energized innovation with Scopus

on Wed, 09/09/2015 - 21:05

At a global packaging manufacturer, Scopus is a key resource for the main information researcher. Like many researchers across all industries and types, the information researcher in this study uses Scopus to deliver reports that energize innovation and improve competitive development.

To do this, the information researcher has to overcome two main challenges in her work; the limited timeframe in which to find the relevant information, and being able to understand exactly what the researcher needs – as the subjects and areas of interest vary greatly across the company. She "always recommends Scopus as the primary starting point for new research because it actually shortens the start-up time for new projects.”

The multidisciplinary aspect of Scopus is also a real benefit – she gave the specific example of ‘clean room technology’ which returned citations from a variety of disciplines – engineering, environmental science, pharmacology,

Chrome 45 and Scopus Document Download Manager

on Tue, 08/18/2015 - 11:28

On September 1, 2015 Google will release version 45 of their Chrome browser. Starting with version 42, the NPAPI plugin in Chrome was disabled by default but users can still work around this and enable it manually, as explained in  our previous Scopus blog post here.

In order for the Scopus Document Download Manager (DDM) to work, it requires the NPAPI plugin to be present in the Chrome browser. With Chrome version 45 this plugin will be permanently removed and users will not be able to manually enable this again.

If you wish to keep using the Scopus DDM on scopus.com we would like to provide the following recommendations:

We are currently investigating an update for the Scopus DDM allowing future Chrome versions to be supported. We will keep you updated.

More information:

Chrome 42-44 manual workaround
NPAPI deprecation: developer guide
Chrome Help

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Case Study: Scopus improves productivity with better supportive documentation

on Wed, 08/05/2015 - 21:39

Scopus remains the solution of preference for researchers across all types of research institutions—academic, corporate, governmental. In this case study an information specialist and a senior scientist describe how Scopus is essential to their personal productivity in finding supportive documentation.

The company that shared this with us provides high-quality biomarker-testing solutions for the diagnosis of critically ill patients. Compliance is key, as is the ever influential market factor of user-convenience. The company’s goal is to simplify the way they do things, so that their customers can do the same.

Scopus has been fully integrated into their working practices, fostering a collaborative environment for its R&D teams so that they can improve the way things are done within the company—ultimately helping their customers do the same.

Three ways to search for open access journals in Scopus

on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 21:32

On July 29, 2015 Scopus launched an open access (OA) indicator for journals indexed in Scopus. The indicator allows users to easily identify open access journals within Scopus via the ‘Browse Sources’ link. This link provides an alphabetical list of all journals, book series, trade publications and conference proceedings available in Scopus.

How to search for open access journals in Scopus:

Navigate to the ‘Browse Sources’ tab in Scopus and choose from the following options to search for open access journals (or watch the video below):

Option 1 (see image 1 below)

  • In the Browse box, click on the drop-down menu next to ‘Subject Area’ to select your subject area of choice
  • Also in the Browse box, tick the 'Open Access' check box: ‘Display only Open Access Journals’
  • Click on ‘Display Sources.’ This search will yield only open access journals which cover your search topic
  • Open access journals are indicated with an orange open access label

Image 1: Options in ‘Browse Sources’ to search for open

New Scopus Article Metrics: A better way to benchmark articles

on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 19:25

Altmetrics were never meant as a replacement to established metrics, rather as a way to augment mainstream bibliometrics. With the release of the new Article Metrics module on Scopus, we hope to bring altmetrics one step closer to dropping the “alt.”

The Scopus Article Metrics module was designed in accordance with 12 principles for the responsible use of metrics1 and includes new metrics based on four alternative metrics categories2 endorsed by the Snowball Metrics project:

  • Scholarly Activity — Downloads and posts in common research tools such as Mendeley and CiteULike
  • Social Activity — Mentions characterized by rapid, brief engagement on platforms used by the public, such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+
  • Scholarly Commentary — Reviews, articles and blogs by experts and scholars, such as F1000 Prime, research blogs and Wikipedia
  • Mass Media — Coverage of research output in the mass media (e.g., coverage in top tier media media)

“We believe no single metric tells the whole story — you need a

Release Date: 
July 29 2015

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