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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. Through this collaboration, Scopus is able to link records with datasets (where available) on an external data repository. This is achieved through matching identifiers, such as DOIs, on Scopus with the DLI Service.

If the DLI Service returns link information for a dataset, then Scopus displays a “Related Research Data” box in the sidebar with the author, title, publisher, identifier (non-DOI identifiers are resolved via and an external link to the dataset.

The initiative with Scholix has been an important first step into the area of research data linking for Scopus.

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As the next step in expanding data linking capabilities, Scopus has now also partnered with DataSearch, an Elsevier search engine specialized in searching research data. This means that when performing a search in Scopus, DataSearch will now simultaneously conduct an equivalent search in order to retrieve relevant research data, and you will be able to link directly to these data on DataSearch from the search results page on Scopus.

In addition to searching the description of research data, DataSearch queries the data itself, yielding the most relevant results. It is also the only data search engine to offer a preview of the data directly on its search results page.

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