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Improvements to funding data in Scopus: Now 16.5M articles with funding information and easier to identify funded research

on Mon, 04/12/2021 - 16:48


1. Scopus product enrichment (including deduplication work and data linking improvements) in the Funding Information section of publication records has resulted in:

  • more articles with funding information: 16.5M Scopus articles now contain funding information (this includes 900K new articles!)
  • the ability for users to see all identified funders associated with a given work, with a higher level of granularity: 3M Grant ID to Funder relationships have been positively impacted.

2. Enhancement of the ‘Funding Sponsor’ search result facet now makes it easier to identify research funded by a specific funder. Users can search by top level funding bodies and get results which include publications acknowledging its sub-parts of the organization (i.e. institutes, departments, or divisions of that funder).

“Associating the complete and correct funder and grant IDs to a published article helps our research community get maximum insights about the funding of research and identify the

Tracking a game changer: quantum computing research trends report

on Tue, 04/06/2021 - 18:38

A new Scopus research trends report explores the exponential growth of publication in quantum computing. A quantum computer can radically outperform a classical computer opening up possibilities for solving large problems quickly. However, significant hurdles need to be overcome before quantum computing hits the mainstream.

If not yet investing, research and business enterprises that want to future proof their strategy can start tracking quantum computing. The report shows that institutions leading in quantum computing publishing are dispersed globally, including China, France, Canada, the US, the UK and Singapore. And publication output includes private sector enterprises, such as Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT), IBM Thomas Watson Research Center, and Microsoft Research.

Explore these and other findings, such as the top 10 authors by publication output and snapshots of the most prolific authors.

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The importance of high-quality content in Scopus

on Fri, 02/12/2021 - 14:53

Maintaining the integrity of Scopus and its high-quality, curated content is of paramount importance to us. Scopus is vigilant in identifying and discontinuing journals that are, or have become, predatory.

Nature recently published an article based on research looking into predatory publishing using Beall’s list as a definition for predatory journals. Beall’s list has not been maintained since 2017.

This article is based on a study from 2017 which we were aware of. Therefore, in 2017 the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) immediately re-evaluated all Beall’s list journals in Scopus and discontinued the underperforming journals. This was part of our ongoing journal re-evaluation program.

Any research that helps shine a light on predatory journals is welcome. Poor-quality and predatory journals are a threat to the integrity of science.

Scopus has an acclaimed, independent and transparent selection process to determine which journals are indexed on its platform; it has

Understand Scopus and SciVal’s role in university rankings

on Fri, 02/12/2021 - 12:50

Ranking methodologies rely on data inputs from a range of external resources. These resources often include university and researcher data, relevant data on human resources, student administration, finances, and data from reputation surveys; each varying based on a league table's niche and focus.

Ranking organizations have increasingly turned to Elsevier's Scopus and SciVal for the research information and publication data used to formulate and implement their ranking methodologies.

Two such organizations are Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds Limited (QS). In this reosurce page (linked to below), we take a deeper look at Scopus and SciVal's role in both the THE and QS World University Rankings and their applied methodologies.

Learn more about university rankings data


Release Date: 
February 15 2021

Meet the Team: Surya Nedunchezhiyan, Engagement Manager

on Fri, 02/05/2021 - 14:59

This profile is part of a Scopus blog series, featuring the Research 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:  Surya Nedunchezhiyan

Job title:  Engagement Manager

Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I’m a small-town person who moved to the big city to attend Law school. I am proud to be the first female in the family to graduate Law school. I have worked in Insurance, Banking, and now in the Publishing industry. When I am not working or cleaning the house, you can find me with my nose buried on my Kindle, or in the nearby movie hall, off traveling somewhere I have never been.

When did you join Elsevier? Feb 2012 as a Journal Manager.

What do you love most about your job? To be a part of making the ground-breaking research

Preprints are now in Scopus!

on Thu, 01/28/2021 - 21:39

We are excited to announce that Scopus is now incorporating preprints as a content type in Author Profiles to help Scopus users discover the latest contributions of a researcher. Preprints are non-peer-reviewed publications and are directly derived from arXiv, bioRxiv, ChemRxiv and medRxiv servers (with SSRN coming later this year) and follow their respective curation policies. Preprints do not affect existing publication and citation metrics in Scopus.

Scopus covers preprints from 2017 onwards.

What are preprints?

A preprint is a version of a scholarly paper that precedes publication in a peer-reviewed journal and act as an early indication of research.

Preprints reside on preprint servers, which cover a set of domains and allow for dissemination, laying claim to an idea, and help collect feedback prior to submission. In some fields, preprints are the main communication vehicle.

Scopus homepage re-design coming January 18

on Thu, 01/14/2021 - 19:22

We are testing and improving the Scopus homepage over the next few months, starting with a refresh of the search form. This is to make it simpler, easier to use and more accessible based on direct feedback from our users.

We initially tested this new design with an A/B test (which you may have seen) and have been closely monitoring your feedback. The results indicate that the new design is performing better and helps users to more effectively search for valuable insights. Therefore, we will be releasing this improvement to all customers on 18th January.

Part of a broader re-design of the Scopus homepage

This update is part of a broader re-design of the Scopus homepage. Other changes we’re planning over the next few months include:

  • improved search history,
  • the addition of saved searches to the home page,
  • improved alerts to help you stay-up-to date, and
  • better linking to your author profile.

We’ll continue to