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Scopus Checks & Balances: Maintaining Quality Content on Scopus

on Mon, 06/12/2017 - 20:30

When a journal is first suggested for Scopus, it must undergo a rigorous evaluation and selection process to ensure it meets all the high-quality title selection criteria required for acceptance. However, journals must also demonstrate the ability to maintain their quality status year over year. This is where the Re-evaluation program comes in to play. Now in its second full year, this year’s annual title evaluation has been completed and journals that must undergo the full Re-evaluation process have been notified.  

The Re-evaluation process involves a multi-step and evaluation process used to determine whether or not it still meets all the quality criteria required to remain indexed by Scopus. You can read more details about how title Re-evaluation works in this earlier post.

The path for those titles discontinued as of January 1, 2017 began in 2015 during the annual title evaluation process — a process that all 22,000+ titles indexed by Scopus undergo.

Cited references in Scopus go back to 1970: A quick look at the impact on h-index

on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 23:37

Over the past 3 years, Scopus content has significantly increased in depth. In addition to already including content records back to 1823, Scopus has added over 160 million cited references to its database, dating back to 1970. This allows you to construct long-term, extensive bibliometric and historic trend analyses, and has resulted in more complete author profiles and h-index measurements for individuals who began publishing prior to 1996.

Early into the cited reference expansion program, we shared an example of how the addition of pre-1996 cited references impacted the h-index of senior researcher, David Neal. Prior to the expansion program, a portion of his 113 documents published prior to 1996 would not have been included in his overall citation count and thus his h-index would be negatively impacted. 7 Months into the project, approximately 3,146 citations were added to his overall citation count resulting in his h

The role of the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board: In their words

on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 22:50

A few weeks ago, The Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) met in Toronto for its biannual meeting. During the meeting they discussed and made decisions regarding content and content policies. Some of the main discussion items included publication ethics, the Scopus journal re-evaluation process, and the overall review and acceptance process. The recommendations of the CSAB directly influence the overall direction of Scopus and the prioritization of new content requests to ensure that Scopus stays international and relevant for the global research community. As we continue to report on CSAB led initiatives and Scopus policy decisions, we also wanted to bring the members of the content board closer to you, letting them share who they are, what they do and their vision for the breadth and depth of Scopus content. You can find a list of the board members here, but also hear from some of our members in these 3 videos:

Is a title indexed in Scopus? A reminder to check before you publish

on Mon, 10/24/2016 - 16:35

“Elsevier has also done extensive work addressing the issue of journals that have been suspended from its research publication database Scopus for inappropriate publishing behaviour – this is an ongoing task that ensures that the papers that we do measure really represent good quality research and those from suspended are not counted.”

Times Higher Education: World University Rankings blog: what’s new for 2016-2017?

This quote is a testament to the positive impact of the independent Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) working with the Scopus Content Product team to ensure that both quality standards and publication practice standards are in place for Scopus. As part of this effort, several initiatives have been adopted over the past two years helping to reinforce that content indexed in Scopus

represents “good quality research,” and that underperforming titles (as determined by the CSAB re-evaluation process), or titles

World Lung Cancer Day: Finding relevant content in Scopus

on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 22:08

August 1st is World Lung Cancer Day and in recognition of the research leading the way to understanding, educating, treating and eventually curing one of the most common types of cancer, we take a look at Scopus to see what content we can find (click on the images to expand).  

A basic search in Scopus for “Lung Cancer” returns close to 176,000 results dating from 1921 to 2016.

To better understand our results, we clicked on <Analyze search results>. This opens an interactive way of delving further into our results, for example, looking at the <Documents by year> tab shows a steady growth in publications over the past 50 years, and a greater spike in the last 15 years.

Switching over to the <Affiliation> tab, we can also see that the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute, have the most output relating to our search.

Shaping Scopus Content Strategy and Selection Policy: A look at the Scopus CSAB

on Tue, 06/21/2016 - 15:49

The Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB) bi-annual meeting:

By Rachel McCullough, Scopus Product Marketing Manager

It’s been almost a month since our last Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB) meeting took place in Warsaw, Poland. The CSAB reviews all titles that are suggested to Scopus and works closely with the product and marketing team to understand how Scopus is used, what content is relevant for users, and what enhancements should be made to Scopus content. The board is comprised of 16 Subject Chairs -- an international and independent group of scientists and researchers -- who each represent a specific major subject field(s). Twice a year the CSAB comes together (along with members of the Scopus Content and Product Marketing teams) for a few days to discuss and make decisions regarding Scopus' content and content policies. The recommendations of the CSAB directly influence the overall direction of

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy (SRC) launches Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2016 using Scopus data and SciVal metrics

on Fri, 06/17/2016 - 20:15

We are pleased to announce that the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy (SRC) is using Scopus data and metrics from SciVal analytics for its Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2016. The recently released ranking ranks global universities in 7 engineering subjects, including Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Energy Science & Engineering, Environmental Science & Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

This new subject ranking continues the SRC’s use of transparent methodology and third-party data. Ranking indicators include those measures of research productivity, research with high quality, research with top quality, average global research impact, extent of international collaboration, extent of academic-corporation collaboration, researchers with global academic influences, and academic awards.

The Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2016 is the second ranking by SRC to use Scopus data and SciVal metrics.The

Re-evaluation: Maintaining high-quality content in Scopus

on Tue, 05/03/2016 - 02:29

Almost a year ago we announced the launch of the new Re-evaluation program for Scopus content. This program was created as an incentive for journals to maintain their high content quality. When a journal is originally suggested for Scopus, it must undergo a rigorous evaluation and selection process to ensure it meets all the high-quality title selection criteria required for acceptance into Scopus. However, journals must also demonstrate the ability to maintain their quality status year over year.

An additional focus for the first year of the re-evaluation program was to ensure all journals met the same baseline of quality standards. When Scopus launched in 2004, content originally came from different sources with different levels of evaluation.  Over time, evaluation criteria for new titles has evolved to become stricter and standardized.

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

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.

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