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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 individual pieces of research output (articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and many more) in the online environment.

Click here for our PlumX Metrics tip & trick

Learn more about Research Metrics

3. Cited Reference Expansion

What: Scopus recently completed its addition of 195 million references, a project three years in the making, and now covers 11.5 million records between 1970-1995.

Purpose: More cited references means more extensive bibliometric and historic trend analysis, more complete author profiles, and improved h-index measures for authors who began publishing prior to 1996.

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4. DataSearch and Scholix

What: Scopus incorporated 2 new tools and partnerships: Scholix and DataSearch. Each provide different but complementary ways to connect researchers to each other’s data.

  • DataSearch: When searching Scopus, DataSearch simultaneously conducts an equivalent search in order to retrieve relevant research data. You can link directly to these data on DataSearch from your Scopus search results page.
  • Scholix: Allows you to link to records with datasets (where available) on an external data repository.

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5. Search funding acknowledgements

What: Scopus now includes the ability to search the entire acknowledgement section of an article, making it easier to find funded research.

How: By using the “Fund-All” field in Advanced search, you can find documents that acknowledge a particular sponsor, lab, researcher, funding body, grant number, etc., to discover research funded or supported by a particular entity.

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To learn about all the changes brought to Scopus throughout the year, browse through the Product Release section of this blog.