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6 simple search tips: Lessons learned from the Scopus Webinar

on Sun, 04/10/2016 - 22:20

Gillian Griffiths, Senior Scopus Product Manager and search specialist, recently held a webinar sharing "Scopus search tips to make your research more effective." In case you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

First, it’s important to know that the data in Scopus is highly structured; every piece of information is tagged, even down to the initials of the author in a reference inside an article’s list of references. This is what ensures that your search will be precise and return reliable results, and also differentiates Scopus from web search engines (watch minutes 00:09:30-00:12:43 to learn more).

As put by Gillian in the webinar, search is the process of "connecting the question in your head to the information inside the 61+ million items in Scopus."  So, what do you need to know in order to get the best results for your question? Here are 6 key things to keep in mind:

Corresponds to minutes 00:12:57-00:26:52 of the webcast:

1. Loose phrases vs. separate words

One

A/B testing: Making Scopus Better (Part I)

on Fri, 03/18/2016 - 17:45

How are changes to Scopus determined, and how does your use of Scopus impact the development process? This post is the first of a two-part series in which we discuss A/B testing and how data analysis is helping us improve Scopus.

There are multiple ways the Scopus team works to identify potential product changes, with a focus to bring you the best experience and provide information faster and with deeper insights. From listening to user feedback to investigating new technology and trends, the product team continuously works to both iterate on existing features and functionality and develop new enhancements.

For an A&I database like Scopus, which serves researchers, institutions, and corporations from all over the world with timely information from over 5000 publishers, there is not a single “typical” user. Each individual user has a specific need and an ideal way they would like the product to work.

How to discover key influencers and uncover trends from your Scopus search results

on Wed, 03/09/2016 - 07:28

Scopus indexes over 120,000 book titles; and, by using the <Analyze search results> tool in Scopus in tandem with searching book content, you can gain a powerful way of discovering key influencers and uncovering important trends. To demonstrate how this works, watch our video or follow the steps below:

 

 

For this example, let’s say you are looking to find broad-based content and subject area experts on economic behavior. Note: click on each image to enlarge

  1. Begin a search in Scopus for Economic Behavior

  1. The search returns over 69,000 document results. To make this a less intimidating number and isolate only book content, filter your results to <Books> on the left hand side, under the <Document type> parameter; and click on <Limit to>

  1. Next, sort by <Cited by> to quickly identify the most impactful books
  2. Begin scrolling through the list and click on <Show abstract> to read more about a book and decide whether it is relevant to your research needs

  1. Once you isolate a book that both relevant to

Webinar: SciVal economic indicators with guest speakers from Queensland University & Penn State

on Tue, 03/08/2016 - 18:48

"Patent citation metrics extends SciVal beyond scholarly output — they create a link between research and economic or commercial potential"  -- Michelle Hutnik, Penn State University

 

With the February 25th release, SciVal introduced new data types to help assess the economic impact of your research and provide a broader basket of metrics for more informed decision making. The new data types include:

  • Patent-article citations which provide a proxy for innovation and the potential to transfer that knowledge to industry
  • Scopus view counts now available in all modules to give you an immediate indication regarding the popularity of your research

Join the SciVal team, along with guest speakers from the University of Queensland and Penn State University, for an interactive webinar.

Scopus surpasses 120,000 indexed book titles!

on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 19:35

Scopus has now surpassed its targeted goal of 120,000 books indexed since the Scopus Book Titles Expansion program was first announced, marking the conclusion of the project (10,000 books will continue to be added annually). Reflecting back on the original goal, this is 45,000 more books than initially planned. Additionally, over 60% of the indexed books fall into the arts and humanities and/or social sciences categories, achieving a key objective to better support the book-based nature of these disciplines.

Search for a book in Scopus

To view a list of all books now indexed in Scopus, download the latest books title list.

You can sort the list by publisher, publication year, discipline and search by ISBN.

What defines a book in Scopus? Books are indexed on both a book and a chapter level. Book selection policy is publisher-based, meaning publishers are reviewed based on the relevancy and quality of their complete books list.

Based on Scopus data, SRC launches '2016 Best Chinese University Ranking' report

on Mon, 02/22/2016 - 12:38

We are pleased to announce that the recently-released "2016 Best Chinese University Ranking" report, based on evaluation by the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy (SRC), is again using Scopus data and metrics from SciVal.

The report provides a detailed look at key research performance indicators for more than 1,000 higher education institutions across mainland China. The ranking offers research management offices and higher education agencies an objective benchmarking of the research performance of higher education institutions. It also provides them with another set of metrics with which to strategically assess policy development and investments towards building the research capabilities of these universities.

In addition to ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, Elsevier also provides Scopus data and SciVal analytics to Times Higher Education's World University Ranking, QS' Top Universities Ranking, US News & World Report's Arab Region Ranking, Financial Times' MBA Ranking and Maclean’s Canadian

Webinar: How Unilever uses SciVal to help accelerate innovation

on Wed, 02/17/2016 - 19:14

“Scopus helps us do more “E-Science” – scientific investigation that can be undertaken more effectively, less expensively, and without having to perform work in the lab that has already been done by others or that isn’t likely to produce relevant outcomes.”

— David Younghusband, Information Systems Specialist, Unilever R&D

The Unilever Information Team uses SciVal, which is underpinned by Scopus data, to help accelerate innovation and boost competitiveness. The advanced analytics and supercomputer technology of SciVal allows them to build a variety of perspectives into research performance and address such challenges as:

  • Finding technology partners
  • Measuring against the competition
  • Identifying emerging technology areas.  

The SciVal team invites you to join an interactive webinar in which the Unilever information team will share how SciVal helps them to solve these challenges.

Register now

  • Date: Thursday Feb 25
  • Time: 15:00 – 15:30 GMT
  • Presenters: Kathey Towler and David Younghusband

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