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Scopus to launch Open Access indicator for journals on July 29

on Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:48

On July 29, Scopus will launch an Open Access indicator for journals indexed in Scopus. This indicator will allow users to easily identify Open Access journals within Scopus via the ‘Browse Sources’ link. This link provides an alphabetical list of all journals, book series, trade publications, and conference proceedings available in Scopus.

About Open Access in Scopus

Out of the +21,000 active journals indexed in Scopus, 3,785 are currently (June 2015) registered as Open Access (OA) journals. OA refers to journals in which all peer reviewed scholarly articles are available
online without any restrictions.In Scopus, journals are registered as being OA journals only if they are registered as Gold OA or Subsidized OA at one or both of the following sources: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD).

Please note that in Scopus, Open Access is only

Release Date: 
July 29 2015

4 ways to view and use the 2014 Scopus journal metrics

on Wed, 07/15/2015 - 17:30

Whether you are an author investigating where to submit your paper, an editor evaluating your journal’s performance or a librarian reviewing the impact of your investments, it is important to know how journals compare to each other. With the 2014 journal metric values for the Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and Impact per Publication (IPP) live in Scopus, now is a good time for evaluation and comparison.

All journals included in Scopus receive journal metric values — and the extensive, global coverage of Scopus means you can evaluate any journal’s role in the scholarly publication landscape, regardless of whether or not they are included in Impact Factor assessments.  Additionally, over 22,000 serials across science, social sciences and the arts and humanities also receive citation performance metrics in Scopus.

Here are 4 ways you can view and use the 2014 journal metric values:

  1. From the Scopus home page, go to ‘Browse sources’ and search for an

Journal Metrics live on Scopus

on Thu, 07/02/2015 - 14:00

Last week, we announced that the 2014 journal metrics values were launched and freely available on www.journalmetrics.com. This week, we’re happy to report that the 2014 Journal Metrics values for the Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and Impact per Publication (IPP) are now live on Scopus.com. The values have been updated into Scopus for the Compare journals and Browse Sources pages, as well as on the Public Title List that is available on the Scopus info site. The new data provides 2014 citation performance metrics for 22,639 serials in all subjects in science, social sciences and the arts and humanities.

All journals included in Scopus receive journal metric values and the extensive, global coverage of Scopus allows many journals that do not have an Impact Factor to view and understand their role in the scholarly publication landscape. All Scopus-based journal metric values are available for free at www.journalmetrics.com or via the Public Title

Release Date: 
July 2 2015

QS renews agreement to use Scopus data for its World University Ranking

on Thu, 06/18/2015 - 08:57

We have some great news to share on the Scopus front! QS, a global leader in university rankings, and Elsevier today announced their decision to renew their long-term collaboration. As part of the agreement, QS will continue to use Scopus data for its flagship World University Ranking, QS Top 50 Under 50, QS University Rankings for Asia, BRICs and Latin America.

This is truly an endorsement of the work team Scopus has done over the last 11 years – improving the quality of the Scopus database with a focus on increasing the breadth and depth of globally relevant coverage. Want to learn more about more about how Scopus is is improving? Check out these posts on how we are expanding historical and books coverage and read more about updates to our user interface.

“QS was the first of the global rankings compilers to identify Scopus as an excellent source of data to assess research activity and excellence of universities globally," explains Ben

2014 SNIP, SJR and IPP journal metrics now freely available online

on Wed, 06/17/2015 - 12:13

We’re pleased to announce that the 2014 journal metrics values are now freely available via JournalMetrics.com. The values will be visible in Scopus.com as of our next release which is scheduled for June 24, 2015.

It's impossible for one metric to serve all the necessary purposes – a mix of quantitative and qualitative evaluation is needed. When evaluating the performance of a journal, a variety of measures must be considered, of which citation analysis is only a part. An ideal “basket of metrics” contains measures that reflect the many ways a journal can demonstrate excellence, and, finally, individual assessment of the value of a journal’s contribution will require a mix of quantitative and qualitative evaluation.

All journals included in Scopus receive journal metric values and the extensive, global coverage of Scopus allows many journals that do not have an Impact Factor to view and understand their role in the scholarly

Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board meets in Russia

on Wed, 05/27/2015 - 11:50

It's that time of year again for our Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board meeting (CSAB)! 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 14 Subject Chairs -- an international group of scientists, researchers, and librarians -- who each represent a specific major subject field(s). The recommendations of the CSAB directly influences 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.

So why are we in Russia? Yesterday, 3 of our Subject Chairs, Peter Miller, Dr. David Rew and Karen Holland, gave a presentation and advice to Russian editors at NEICON's 4th International Scientific and

Scopus launches annual journal re-evaluation process to maintain content quality

on Wed, 05/06/2015 - 08:26

Since Scopus’ launch in 2004, more than 56 million records have been added to the database. The content originally came from different sources (in-house databases like Embase, ScienceDirect and Compendex, the Scopus Title Suggestion Form and Medline) and has undergone different levels of Scopus content evaluation. This, together with the fact that the title evaluation criteria have evolved over time to become more strict, has led to a situation where some journals no longer meet the Scopus quality criteria.

As high content quality is very important to Scopus, and as an incentive for journals to maintain their high content quality, the title re-evaluation process has been implemented. Six quality metrics and benchmarks have been put in place which are the basis of the re-evaluation process, please find them in the below table. These criteria have been developed with the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board in conjunction with our Analytical Services team.

Journals not meeting the

Scopus touches base with publishers at the London Book Fair

on Wed, 04/22/2015 - 09:33

Each April the London Book Fair presents a great opportunity for Elsevier’s Publishing Relations team to catch up with all the third party publishers that make their content available to Scopus.

Meeting face-to-face with these publishers provides a wonderful chance to show them how Scopus is evolving, how their content is accepted and represented in Scopus, and to discuss ongoing business.

During last week’s 3-day Book Fair, we sat down with publishers such as Springer, Oxford University Press, Wiley Blackwell and Taylor & Francis to provide them with an update on their books being included in Scopus.

Furthermore, we talked to publishers who potentially wish to join this successful books initiative as well as those who wish to participate in other ongoing Scopus initiatives, like the journal archives and the cited references expansion project.

All in all, a most enjoyable and very fruitful visit!

 


  This post was contributed by:

  Merel Baazil

 

Scopus Content update: 75,000 book titles and counting

on Mon, 03/30/2015 - 13:53

"If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads." — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims (1876), Quotation and Originality.

With more than 75,000 additional book titles now indexed in Scopus (and another 45,000 planned for 2015), it is easier to uncover the bounty of literature supporting great intellect. 

The arts and humanities and social sciences represent more than 55% of the 75,000 titles (see graph below). Not surprising considering 80% of arts and humanities and social sciences output is published in books instead of journals (1).

In a 2013 Research Trends article, Dr.

Takeaways from the Times Higher Education MENA Universities Summit

on Mon, 03/23/2015 - 13:45

Over the last year the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region has seen very exciting developments in terms of research growth. This was further established at the inaugural Times Higher Education MENA Universities Summit that was recently held in Doha, Qatar. M'hamed Aisati (Director Content & Analytics, Elsevier) was there to talk about Scopus content and the breadth of coverage in the region.

M'hamed’s presentation gave a broad overview of the interdisciplinary scientific information available in Scopus, while stressing the value of research metrics in order to assess efficiently ongoing research and current developments – an area where Scopus plays a key role given its breadth of content and focus on quality through content selection by the independent Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB).

M’hamed Aisati presenting about the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board

A proof of concept for a top-30 MENA ranking was also

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