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World University Rankings powered by Scopus data

on Tue, 01/23/2018 - 20:08

The international higher education system is growing, creating fiercer competition for top talent and funding. Deciding on where to study, teach, or how to refine research strategies have become more complex — and data-driven institution rankings have become a key resource.

Rankings are particularly helpful in revealing institutions’ relative strengths, providing crucial information for would-be students, professionals navigating their academic careers, policymakers planning funding programs, and research and education leaders who make decisions on behalf of institutions in areas like teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international visibility.

But for rankings to be as helpful to the academic community as possible (and this is an area wherein we’re proud to say Scopus is uniquely strong), good data and a comprehensive global view is an absolute must.

Elsevier and Times Higher Education’s successful collaboration continues

Times Higher Education (THE) previously covered 400

Five impactful changes introduced to Scopus in 2017

on Fri, 12/15/2017 - 23:16

Before steaming ahead towards the new year, we decided to pause and reflect on 5 of the top changes made to Scopus in 2017. Have you explored them all?

1. Document Download Manager

What: An updated Document Download Manager (DDM) and new free extension for Google Chrome users.

Purpose: Makes it easier for you to download abstracts and full-text PDFs to your computer.

When: December 6, 2017.

Learn more in this blog post

2. Expansion of Research Metrics

What: Two big metrics were added to Scopus, offering more insightful ways to evaluate research performance, whether looking at serials (journals, book series, trade publications and conference proceedings) or articles.

  • CiteScore metrics: Offers a more robust and accurate indication of a serial’s impact, with 8 different indicators to analyze. Freely available.

Click here for the latest information on CiteScore

  • PlumX Metrics: Plum Analytics’ comprehensive, item-level metrics that provide insights into the ways people interact with

New Document Download Manager feature on Scopus – Seamlessly download full-text PDFs

on Fri, 12/08/2017 - 22:43

We recently launched a new Document Download Manager feature compatible with Google Chrome, the browser of choice for the majority of Scopus users. The Document Download Manager allows you to select one or more abstract and then automatically download the PDF full-text version(s), from publisher web sites.

Accessing the Document Download Manager is simple

If you are a Chrome user and try to use the current Document Download Manager, you will get a pop-up message alerting you to a new and free browser extension that enables download functionality on Scopus.

From the window, you can link directly to the Scopus Document Download Manager in the Chrome store. Once you have successfully downloaded the extension (which should just take a few seconds), you will be able to seamlessly connect to publisher websites and download full-text PDFs in two ways:

  1. From the “Document search results” or “Document list” pages, by selecting one or multiple

What’s new on Scopus: Introducing the new Document Download Manager, ORCID Document Search and other exciting updates

on Fri, 12/08/2017 - 19:51

This week brought several updates and enhancements to Scopus. Continue reading for an overview of the changes to Document Download Manager, Advanced Search, CiteScore, ORCID Document Search and the Author Details Pages.

Document Download Manager – Google Chrome Extension

Scopus is proud to introduce the new Document Download Manager (DDM) free Extension for Google Chrome, enabling users to select one or more abstracts and automatically download their PDF full-text versions from publisher web sites.

This update was made in response to feedback on the legacy DDM, which was only compatible with Internet Explorer. As the browser of choice for more than 60% of Scopus users, Chrome was chosen as the first iteration in renovated DDM, with additional browser support to follow in 2018. You can learn more about here.

Changes to Advanced Search Page

The advanced search page has been simplified by organizing field codes into categories and by

Release Date: 
December 6 2017

Scopus alerting system updating on October 2nd

on Mon, 10/02/2017 - 15:00

Today, on October 2nd, Scopus alerts are migrating to a new system. During this time the “edit” and “create” functions will be deactivated for less than 24 hours. You will still continue to receive alert emails, but will not be able to create new alerts or modify existing alerts for that window of time. A message box will appear on the alerts page to notify users of the brief downtime.

What does this mean for alert recipients after the migration?

  • Your alerts will appear with a refreshed template, offering a cleaner look and feel.
  • The email sender address will change to: rather than
  • Alerts will display the first 20 documents instead of 25
  • Some of the rarely used alerting frequency options will be removed
  • For approximately one month after the migration (October 2 thru early November), it’s possible you may receive alerts from both systems

As an example, here is what the new Search Alert email will look like:

Release Date: 
October 2 2017

Scopus makes strides in data linking

on Thu, 09/28/2017 - 20:31

The ability to access and review the data behind research is a well sought after, but often elusive, resource. In recognition of this, Scopus has been working to incorporate new tools that can make it easier to search and share data. As part of a new initiative introduced earlier this year, Scopus has established two key partnerships: Scholix and DataSearch. Each provide different but complementary ways to connect researchers to each other’s data.


Introduced in April of 2017, Scopus was an early adopter of Scholix, an interoperability initiative to create a framework for scholarly link exchange. Scopus collaborates with Scholix’s community hub, the Data-Literature Interlinking Service (DLI). The DLI service populates and provides access to a graph of dataset-literature links collected from a variety of major data centers, publishers, and research organizations.

What's new on Scopus: DataSearch linking, Affiliation page changes and updates to Alerts

on Thu, 09/28/2017 - 20:04

What’s new in Scopus? Below is an overview of the 3 most recent changes to note and explore.

  • DataSearch link integration
  • New look & feel for the Affiliation details page
  • Scopus Alerting system updating on October 2nd

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DataSearch ( is an Elsevier search engine dedicated to research data. It is the first search engine that can search not only in the description or metadata of the articles, but also in the data itself. It is also possible to see a preview of the data directly from the search results, as well as downloading the full dataset. More information about DataSearch can be found here.

The new collaboration with DataSearch means that when you run a search in Scopus, the same search will concurrently run in DataSearch. If any data results are found, you will find a link (listing the number of results found) on the Scopus search results page. Clicking on this link will open a new window in DataSearch.

Release Date: 
September 28 2017