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Meet the Team: Sophie Wolthers, Director Publishing Relations

on Fri, 12/18/2020 - 20:45

Welcome to a new series on the Scopus blog, featuring the Secondary Content Operations team. This team looks after the relationships with all third parties such as publishers, societies and funding agencies whose content is included in Scopus, Engineering Village and other multi-publisher platforms. 

Name: Sophie Wolthers 

Job title: Director Publishing Relations 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? 

Although Dutch by birth, the first 21 years of my life were spent living in many different parts of the world. I consider this exposure to different cultures as one of the most enriching experiences of my life and one that has fundamentally shaped me to see us all as global citizens of the world.      

When did you join Elsevier? 

January 2001 and being immersed in such an environment of incredibly driven and dedicated individuals has been inspirational. 

What do you love most about your job? 


Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Scopus

on Wed, 12/09/2020 - 19:58

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are part of a plan to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone by 2030. The 15-year plan has 17 goals with 169 targets aimed at stimulating action in areas of critical importance to humanity and the environment.

Elsevier data science teams built pre-generated search queries for 16 of the SDGs. These search queries are now available as part of Scopus Advanced search and can help researchers and institutions track and demonstrate progress towards the targets of the SDGs. Full details of the methodology and results for each SDG search query are available on Mendeley.

How were the search queries created?

Elsevier data scientists designed the queries. The initial work was part of a request from Times Higher Education (THE) who asked for help in defining SDG search queries for use in their University Impact Rankings by SDGs. This original query then formed the starting point for several rounds

Scopus filters for Open Access type and 5.5 million more OA articles (17 million in total!)

on Wed, 12/09/2020 - 18:51

Key points:

  • As of 9th December, Scopus has new Open Access filters, providing greater clarity on the type of open access per article.
  • With this new classification system, there are an additional ~5.5 million articles (17 million from 11.5 million) receiving the Open Access label, as we expand our definition of open access to include those available in open repositories (typically referred as ‘Green OA’).
  • Users can now filter their results on the Documents Results page on ‘all open access articles’ or use specific OA tags i.e. gold, hybrid gold, green and bronze.

Where are the Open Access definitions derived from? 

The source of OA documents in Scopus is Unpaywall, a database run by Impactstory (a non-profit organization) which harvests Open Access content from over 50,000 publishers and repositories. 

Which Open Access filters are supported in Scopus?

Scopus users can now see Open Access Gold, Hybrid-Gold, Green or Bronze status per document.
Furthermore, the Scopus advanced search

Get the most out of your Author Profile | Register for our webinar 29 October

on Thu, 10/08/2020 - 07:44

Have you seen our newly redesigned Author Profiles pages?

Join us for a webinar on Thursday 29 October to learn ‘Scopus Author Profiles: How they work and how they can help showcase your research’ (further details below)

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See a researchers's expertise & impact

It’s now much easier to see a researcher’s impact and field of expertise at a quick glance.

We have kept all the functionalities you loved, such as setting citation alerts, checking a researcher’s citations and h-index and seeing who they’ve collaborated with in the past. Plus, you can readily see which Topics they’ve contributed the most to, to get insight into their field of expertise.

New simplified design is readable, clean and decluttered, by displaying the information in a logical order, ensuring important information is more prominently located. The new design:

  • Is easier for researchers to find and get a quick, clear over of their own

University Rankings: A closer look for research leaders

on Wed, 09/23/2020 - 07:06

There are over 20 global university rankings reports or organizations alone; each has its own methodology, data sources and set of indicators. Just as each university is unique in its mission and purpose, each ranking and league table has its niche and focus. If you’re curious to learn more about University Rankings and how they work, take a look at this new guide, covering questions such as:

You will also find and can refer to quick reference cards and compare methodologies between some key ranking reports.  

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Scopus Roadmap: What's coming up in 2020 & 2021?

on Wed, 09/16/2020 - 09:13

In early 2020, we have made various updates to to improve search, analytics, and discovery of scientific innovation and collaborators.


We are continuously adding content

As of August 2020, Scopus has over 24,000 active titles indexed and is thereby the largest curated, peer-reviewed abstract and indexing database available to academic, government, and corporate institutions. In the past year, Scopus added 820 new journals, (+3.5% title growth). We have also added 225,000 books and book items (+11.7% growth).

Between August 2019 and August 2020, Scopus added 3.29 million new records (+4.15%). The current total number of records per August 2020 is 79.8 million.

Scopus Roadmap for the remainder of 2020 & early 2021

Enhanced Author Profiles pages

We are providing a simpler, cleaner design will enable you quickly scan an author’s profile to get an overview of their areas of expertise (via their top Topics), their

Staying up to date on the new content with the Scopus APIs.

on Thu, 08/13/2020 - 11:46

Scopus will be discontinuing the support of the RSS feeds as of September 9. You can use the APIs to build your own feeds of Scopus publications. The Scopus API is included with the subscription for academic customers.

Scopus APIs offer the same features as the interface, but with results in a machine-readable format that enables software, rather than humans on the web, to find articles, authors and institutions in Scopus. It allows you to extend the capabilities of Scopus and integrate the data in other systems.

You can also use the Scopus APIs to stay up to date with recent publications, ensuring that you and your users have access to the newest articles pertaining to subjects of interest.


Why are we ending support for RSS feeds?

RSS usage has been steadily declining in Scopus and globally in recent years.