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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 for which concerns have been raised, are

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 Scopus and the selection of new content requests to

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.

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 Practical Conference > World-Class Scientific Publication 2015: Current

Scopus Content Selection Advisory Board meeting commences

on Mon, 10/27/2014 - 23:50

The Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board meeting starts today and as always, we are looking forward to the lively discussion on topics such as: publication ethics, title evaluation processes, content expansion and ongoing content development programs such as the Cited References Expansion -- and much more.

Recently it has come to our attention that more clarity is needed regarding the work that the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board does throughout the course of the year.

Board members are (independent!) experts in their respective fields and also experienced journal editors. Quality is their main criteria when selecting journals for Scopus coverage. In addition to their thorough work throughout the year, Subject Chairs meet twice per year to talk in-person about important issues in the scientific publishing community.

Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board Meeting Next Week

on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:10

Twice a year the independent and international Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) comes together to make decisions regarding Scopus' content and content policies. Our next meeting starts Wednesday in Amsterdam and will coincide with the launch of Scopus' 10 Year celebration. Check out what I last wrote about the work they do.

In addtion to the usual discussion topics: publication ethics, review processes and ongoing content projects such as the Scopus Books Expansion program and the Cited References Expansion program, Board members will get to meet more of the people who work on Scopus! From customer support to market development to the Elsevier Research Intelligence analytics team, I know that the presentations and discussions will be engaging and lively.

So what is the CSAB exactly and what do they do? The Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board is an international group of scientists, researchers and librarians who each represent a major scientific discipline.

Nurses rock! Scopus CSAB Subject Chair Karen Holland on Nursing

on Wed, 05/07/2014 - 15:34

In honor of National Nurses Week in the US and International Nurses Day on May 12, we bring you a guest post from Karen Holland, Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board Chair for Nursing, Health Professions and Education.

ElsevierConnect has developed a dedicated page to celebrate Nurses where you can find regular content for and by nurses; opportunities such as the upcoming Superheroes of Nursing contest, and special features just for this Nurses Week such as the below video and free access to top-cited research in Elsevier's nursing journals.


What does International Nurses Day mean to me? I began my nurse education and training course in 1967 when we still had individual hospital uniforms, belts, buckles and hospital badges! We were proud of the traditions handed down to us and I am grateful for those wonderful qualified nurses who introduced me to the caring and expert professional practice that is nursing.

Meeting of the minds: Scopus' CSAB meets next week

on Fri, 10/25/2013 - 14:05

Twice a year the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) comes together for a few days to discuss and make decisions regarding Scopus' content and content policies. Our next meeting starts next Wednesday and we are looking forward to discussing topics such as: publication ethics, content type expansion and ongoing content development programs, the overall review and acceptance process, and much more. I can vouch that these discussions are both lively and fruitful for all involved. And as Scopus' product marketing manager, I have the opportunity to present -- and get feedback on -- our new UI launching in January (more to come in subsequent blog posts), our new info site home on Elsevier.com, and general marketing strategy. Plus, I get to listen to the dynamic debates. This group is never at a loss for ideas and it is invigorating for the Scopus team to see how dedicated they are to Scopus' success and to the pursuit of science.  

So what is the CSAB exactly?