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Scopus content update: Books Expansion Project

on Mon, 04/07/2014 - 13:19

In mid-2013 Scopus launched the Books Expansion Project to increase the Arts and Humanities content in Scopus and the project has been steadily moving along. To date, you can see more than 30,000 books in Scopus!

How do we select books to index? The selection policy for books content is on a publisher level (no individual book suggestions are considered), taking into account aspects such as: reputation of publisher, size and subject area of books list, availability and format of book content, publication policy and editorial mission and quality of published books content. Full bibliographic metadata will be indexed as well as abstracts (where available), author and affiliation information and cited references.

  1. Subject areas: Focus on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities, but also Science, Technology & Medicine (STM)
  2. Coverage years: Back to 2005 (2003 for A&H)
  3. Number of books: 75,000 by the end of 2015; 10,000 each year thereafter
  4. Book types: Monographs, edited volumes, major reference works, graduate level text books
  5. Not in scope: dissertations, undergraduate level text books, atlas, yearbook, biography, popular science books, manuals

*All books from selected publishers deemed “in scope” will be selected for coverage.

How is the program going? The Books Expansion Project is well underway. Various book Publishers have already been selected and agreements with more than 30 publishers are in place to deliver and process the book lists. The appropriate workflows and quality control to capture all the relevant data from the books are in place. Books from major publishers like Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, Brill, Walter de Gruyter, Princeton University Press, Project Muse and many others have already started to be added to Scopus. The books of many more relevant book publishers like Oxford University Press and Palgrave Macmillan are soon to come.

For an up-to-date overview of the Books Expansion Project and a list of the 30 thousand books currently indexed in Scopus, see the Scopus info site.