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Scopus 2015 Review, Part 2: New tools to help find, use and evaluate content

on Tue, 12/15/2015 - 21:10

As 2015 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect upon the year and look at how Scopus has, and will continue to, evolve. Over 3 posts, we share key 2015 Scopus developments and their impact on the researcher. Each post will cover a different focus.

Part one focused on Scopus content growth and quality. Today, we look at 2015 product developments. In terms of new features introduced this year, two prominent changes stand out — one designed to provide deeper insights into an article’s research impact, and the other to help you identify open access titles.

  • Understanding research impact. In July, Scopus moved away from the altmetric.com and introduced its own metrics module. Why? As shared by Elsevier’s Mike Taylor (Senior Product Manager, Informetrics) in a recent webinar, although the ‘altmetric.com donut’ was engaging, it didn’t quite give you an indication of how an article was performing compared to others.

Scheduled maintenance for Scopus, ScienceDirect, Engineering Village and Mendeley on Sunday, December 20, 2015

on Tue, 12/15/2015 - 13:26

Due to scheduled maintenance Scopus, ScienceDirect, Engineering Village and Mendeley will experience a brief service outage on Sunday December 20 between 12:00 a.m. EST( 5:00 a.m. GMT) and 12:00 p.m. EST(5:00 p.m. GMT).
This brief outage is not expected to last more than 10 minutes.

Please use The World Clock Time Zone Converter to convert the announced planned outage time to your local time.

Release Date: 
December 15 2015

Scopus 2015 Review, Part 1: More content, but not at the expense of quality

on Mon, 12/14/2015 - 20:26

As 2015 comes to an end, it’s time to reflect upon the year and look at how Scopus has, and will continue to, evolve. Over the next 3 days we share key 2015 Scopus developments and their impact on the researcher. Each post will cover a different focus. This post, part 1, covers content expansion and quality. The next post, part 2, discusses features and functionality. And the final post, part 3, will look at data partnerships.  

In terms of content, Scopus has been growing exponentially (reaching over 60 million by the end of December), but this is not at the expense of quality. Here are 3 things to know about what’s changed for Scopus content in 2015:

1.) CSAB implements additional content quality measures. High content quality has always been important to Scopus and why the independent Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) was established in 2005. The board already maintains and follows a robust selection policy for any

Personalizing your Scopus Experience

on Fri, 12/11/2015 - 13:43

Personalizing your Scopus experience is easy - all you have to do is register for a Scopus username and password. By registering, you can take advantage of the personalization features Scopus offers to customize your Scopus experience.

With your username and password you can create targeted lists for future projects or create alerts to see when someone has cited your work. To make your work efficient, you can also use the username and password to create a bibliography, save references, create alerts via RSS and download saved Lists.

Once you registered, you can login and use the ‘Save to List’ option (previously called ‘Add to My List’) in Scopus to add selected documents to a list either from the Search results page or when viewing an individual document. You can add documents to the List throughout your Scopus session, as you run additional searches. Once you created a list, you can work with it in the same way you work with any search results list – output the list, track

Release Date: 
December 11 2015

How to use Scopus to identify key opinion leaders in 6 easy steps

on Mon, 12/07/2015 - 17:28

Making sure you can identify partners and key influencers within your research field is an important part of the research process. With Scopus you can quickly and comprehensively track the major research players in your field. For example, looking at the field of oncology, you can determine who the key opinion leaders are in this area by following these 6 easy steps:

  1. Perform a <Document Search> on “oncology”
  2. <Limit> the years to 2013-2015 to ensure you get the most recent research on this area
  3. Click <Analyze search results> and ensure date fields are set to 2013-2015
Figure 1

  1. Compare the document counts of the top authors in the table, and then click on the corresponding line in the bar chart (to the right of the table, see 'step 4' in figure 1) to take a closer look into individual publications (see figure 2 for an example)
Figure 2

  1. Returning to the

Case Study: Improved productivity in pharmaceutical R&D

on Sun, 11/29/2015 - 20:13

The challenges in the pharma industry are well known. A low rate of NCE (new chemical entities) being brought to market; the expensive, timely clinical trial; and stringent regulatory procedures combined put pharma under pressure to increase productivity and carefully select and fulfil unmet medical needs.

In this case study, a health economist and a patent counsel share their thoughts on why Scopus plays an integral role in their strategic marketing and product defense roles. The health economist works in the global product strategy department, looking at pipeline products and benchmarking them against products already in the field, studying new investigations on existing products, and evaluating pharmacoeconomic studies and quality of life issues.

Scopus has added 5 million pre-1996 articles and over 93 million references - and we’re not even half-way

on Thu, 11/26/2015 - 16:06

As of this week, Scopus has added 5 million pre-1996 records including over 93 million references to the database. This has been done in two ways: by adding pre-1996 cited references to existing articles in Scopus and by adding article back files, including their cited references, coming from archives from various publishers, going back to 1970.

This milestone is the result of the ongoing Scopus Cited Reference Expansion Program initiated in March 2014 that aims to include cited references in Scopus going back to 1970 for pre-1996 content. The goal of this expansion program is to further enhance the ability for Scopus users to perform long-term, extensive bibliometric and historic trend analyses – and to enhance and further complete the h-index for researchers who published pre-1996.


Archives already completed include the following publishers: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). American

Release Date: 
November 26 2015

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