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Great Scott! Celebrate Back to the Future Day with SciVal and Scopus

on Wed, 10/21/2015 - 07:57

October 21, 2015 – the furthest date in the future that the Back to the Future trilogy was set in is now upon us. It’s the date that Marty McFly, Jennifer and Doc travel to in the DeLorean and where we catch a glimpse of the future brought to us by director Robert Zemeckis.

While in the future, they experience some technological marvels – from self-tying shoelaces, to 3D shark holograms, and that famous hoverboard.

To mark the occasion, we’ve used SciVal to pull data together to show just how close Marty’s future has come to being our present.

Using the SciVal Trends module we looked at 5 specific areas of science – automation, biometrics, wearables, aging and hover (think remote controlled dog walkers, fingerprint scanning doorknobs, power-laces, rejuvenation clinics and hoverboards) – to see who’s doing what.

The Trends module uses citation and usage data from Scopus to build on the platform's ability to examine user-created research areas.

Advisory for Citation Export, minor processing delays anticipated for October 14, 2015

on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 13:22

Please note that today, October 14, we will be performing an upgrade to our systems which will temporarily impact large data export requests. During 3-4pm EST, users may experience delays of 30-45 minutes for exports above 2,000 records. Typically, these requests take a few minutes. We will update this blog when the upgrade is complete and export processing times are back to normal.  

Release Date: 
October 14 2015

Case Study: Increased competitive advantage in developing functional materials

on Fri, 10/09/2015 - 21:43

At a leading supplier of functional materials, a couple of research engineers shared with us how they use Scopus to save time and increase their competitive advantage in developing advanced functional materials.

Developing attractive new products, improving existing products to better satisfy evolving customer expectations, and upgrading manufacturing processes to be more efficient are the top concerns of this company. Additionally, compliance with the latest environmental and safety regulations is another major factor. Across various divisions, including the glass and ceramics group, Scopus is a reliable tool that enables innovation in a fraction of the time previously spent – the engineers estimate that it made the investigational stage of research 40% more effective, and lowered development time by 20%.

The richness and variety of data available in Scopus enable researchers to vastly speed up the process of basic research.

Journal Article: “A ‘basket of metrics’—the best support for understanding journal merit”

on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 20:17

Earlier this year, Dr. Lisa Colledge, Director of Research Metrics at Elsevier, published a Usage Guidebook and an article about the usage-based metrics and tools. Elsevier has made both available to help you analyze and understand the impact of research.

As a follow up to these efforts, a webinar was held to introduce the usage guidebook where participants were asked a number of questions about how they currently use and perceive usage metrics. Around 200 external participants joined from all over the world; the most-represented countries were the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Italy and Canada.

Many of the attendees previously participated in our SciVal Trends launch webinars, which introduced usage as a new data source in SciVal. Attendees ranged from visiting professors to vice deans and librarians to research development coordinators, all with a common interest in learning more about the application of usage metrics in research evaluation.

In some ways, usage data

The Scopus Article Metrics module: Pinpointing the best articles to read, fast

on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 16:28

Trying to decide what to read? Make more informed decisions with the new Article Metrics module in Scopus. It includes metrics based on four alternative metrics categories endorsed by the Snowball Metrics project and provides you with an at-a-glance look into how an article has been received, looking at both citation impact and levels of community engagement. 

To learn how to use the Article Metrics module, watch this 2 minute video, or follow the steps below.

NEW! Watch the 'Using the Right Metrics' webinar to learn more about the metrics available in Scopus!

 

  1. In Scopus, find and open a document that interests you
  2. From the document page, scroll down and look for the ‘Metrics’ sidebar on the right-hand side of the page
  3. The module displays the following information:
    • Citation Count and percentile benchmark
    • Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)
    • Mendeley Readership count and benchmark
    • Count of 1 type of Scholarly Commentary (e.g., blog posts, Wikipedia)
    • Count and benchmark of 1 type of Social

6 easy ways to power up your academic community on Scopus

on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 21:17

Do you have what you need to inform new students and faculty, and reacquaint returnees, about the many uses of Scopus? Follow our checklist for 6 easy ways to refresh yourself and ready your community.

  1. Update your LibGuide and library website. Highlight new features and expanded coverage such as the:
    1. Addition of nearly 4 million pre-1996 articles
    2. Article metrics module
    3. Open access indicators for journals
  2. Promote the tool. Display a looping animated Scopus PowerPoint slide deck on screens throughout your library, and print posters to display at workstations. Download both from our “Promote Scopus” toolkit.
  3. Provide training materials. Our Get Started & Get Help page has an overview video that you can share or embed on your own website, and a printable quick reference guide. Use both to help users quickly learn the Scopus basics.
  4. Send out an introductory email. Customize our Scopus onboarding email template for your institution in a matter of minutes.
  5. Stay up-to-date. Sign up for the Scopus

Seamlessly integrate Scopus citation counts into your webpage

on Tue, 09/22/2015 - 16:19

Scopus APIs are a great way to showcase your research, your institution’s work and connect others with Scopus content and data. Additionally, anyone can obtain an API key and use our APIs free of charge, provided that our policies for using APIs and the data are honored.  You can learn about the variety of APIs available for Scopus on our new Scopus API page here.  We also thought it would be helpful to highlight the value each Scopus API provides, one post at a time, starting with this one on the Scopus Cited-by Counts API.

To provide an example of how Scopus APIs can add value, Victoria Rao, the Elsevier Product Manager responsible for both Scopus and ScienceDirect APIs, presents a personal example — using the Scopus Cited-by Counts API to add a dynamic display of her husband’s research accomplishments into his online publication list and CV.

So, rather than a simple list of his authored work, as seen here (figure 1),

Figure 1

Figure one: Publication list without the Scopus cited-by counts API

his publication list now seamlessly integrates the

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