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Total eclipse of the sun (and who’s studying it)

on Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:17

Day will turn into darkness on Friday, March 20 during a total solar eclipse - a phenomenon which occurs when the moon's apparent diameter is larger than the sun's, blocking all direct sunlight. But no need to alarm; totality will only have a maximum duration of 2 minutes 47 seconds off the coast of the Faroe Islands.

Looking at Scopus content related to solar eclipse from 1836 to the present, it is interesting to see how scientific output is spread across an array of different disciplines, stretching from astronomy and planetary sciences to engineering, medicine, and social sciences.

Carrying significant impact upon existing energy supplies, solar eclipses are being studied by researchers across the globe. Focusing on the scientific landscape for research area “solar eclipse” in SciVal, we had a look at the top countries and institutions over the last 5 years (2010-2015). In terms of scholarly output (as well as total number of views), the

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! (+3 facts about the Irish research landscape)

on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:53

Celebrating Irish culture and heritage, Saint Patrick's Day is observed every year on March 17 in commemoration of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), patron saint of Ireland.

Before donning our green shirts and running to the nearest Irish pub for a pint of Guinness, we wanted to have a closer look at how Ireland is performing  in terms of scientific research and output.

Here is Ireland's overview in SciVal for the period 2012-1014:

As shown in the above chart, the color of the three-leaved shamrock also has its share in contemporary Irish research: 14.2% of all publications lie within the green subject areas (biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, agricultural and biological sciences).

Digging deeper into the Scopus-based data in SciVal, here are 3 things we found out about the Irish research landscape:

1. The top 3 institutions in terms of number of publications and total citations are: University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin,

Celebrating the ultimate pi moment

on Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:49

Pi Day is observed annually on March 14, commemorating the famous mathematical constant π (pi) that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

On the occasion of Pi Day we dug through our Scopus math content: from a total of 2.3M+ results for subject area ''mathematics'', 71.4% of the content comes from journal articles, while 22.7% is derived from conference papers (compared to 82.3% and 15.1% respectively from one year ago).

You can view the complete breakdown below:

Read more about Elsevier mathematics journals and learn about free access to archived articles.

Did you know?

  • Albert Einstein's birthday also falls on March 14.

  • Pi Day 2015 is quite special, since there will be an instant when the first 10 digits of Pi are reflected on the (US) date/time format (3/14/15, 9:26:53).

Scopus provides insights into Amsterdam’s competitive advantages

on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:00

Drawing on Scopus data, the ground-breaking report Mapping Research and Innovation: Understanding Amsterdam’s Competitive Advantage was released today showing how Amsterdam is building its future on a foundation of research to create a sustainable knowledge economy.

Developed by Elsevier Analytical Services in partnership with the Urban Innovation Network, the report explores the importance of aligning research with city development policies and provides a macro picture of Amsterdam’s research base.

Using Scopus data and SciVal analytics, the report analyzes the city's competitiveness across multiple dimensions of research performance from 2004-2013. Using Amsterdam as an extended case study, it provides a holistic view of the city’s research strengths and benchmarks its performance against other European cities of comparable size (a.o.

Librarians Do Research Too! — Download the free ebooklet

on Fri, 03/06/2015 - 11:56

The newly available Librarians Do Research Too! is a 25-page ebooklet for Library and Information Science professionals who want to start their own research projects. This Library Connect Blueprint for Success provides inspiration, guidance and resources from a leading LIS researcher.

Author Carol Tenopir is the Chancellor’s Professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville School of Information Sciences. She is the author of five books and more than 200 journal articles, and is a frequent speaker at professional conferences. Her areas of teaching and research include: information access and retrieval, electronic publishing, the information industry, online resources, and the impact of technology on reference librarians and scientists.

Download and share Librarians Do Research Too!

Dr. Tenopir will be discussing Librarians Do Research Too! in the April 16 webinar Building a professional identity: from research to impact. Register for the webinar.

'2015 Best Chinese University Ranking' report based on Scopus data

on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 13:26

We are pleased to announce that the inaugural and recently-released "2015 Best Chinese University Ranking" report, based on evaluation by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy (SRC), is using Scopus data and metrics from SciVal analytics. A truly exciting start to the Year of the Sheep (as 2015 is referred to by the Chinese zodiac)!

The report provides a detailed look at key research performance indicators of more than 1,000 higher education institutions across mainland China. SRC's ranking of Chinese universities offers objective benchmarking of research performance of higher education institutions, allowing research management offices and higher education agencies to make strategic decisions around policy development and investments towards building the research capabilities of these universities.

Further to SRC, Scopus data and SciVal analytics also support Times Higher Education's World University ranking, US News &

New SciVal Trends module is released (with webinar)

on Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:47

Offering quick and easy access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide, SciVal provides unparalleled flexibility to define and create your own research areas. By enabling deeper analysis of these research areas, the new Trends module now allows you to spot research trends, discover top-performing countries, institutions, authors and journals, and compare them to the performance of your own research groups.

In addition to the regular citation and publication metrics in SciVal, the new Trends module incorporates usage data from ScienceDirect and Scopus. This data complements traditional citation metrics by exposing reading patterns, which can give an earlier indication of the popularity of research and help identify the rising stars of a specific topic.