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Research Intelligence Case Studies: A look into the challenges universities overcome using Scopus, SciVal and Pure

on Tue, 02/14/2017 - 23:52

Contributed by: Kelsey Grentzer

Over the past year, Elsevier’s Research Intelligence team interviewed dozens of research leaders from around the world to capture their stories about the challenges their institutions face and how they are able to overcome them using Scopus, SciVal and Pure. Whether it’s speaking to a customer from Australia who is using Pure to help support their National Assessment exercise, or a young, ambitious university in Taiwan looking to make a jump in the Times Higher Education rankings by using Scopus and SciVal, we’re learning firsthand how Elsevier’s Research Intelligence solutions are helping research leaders succeed in their roles and help shape their institutions’ strategies.


Kirsty Collinge from Heriot-Watt University talks about SciVal during an interview at the SciVal UK User Group Meeting at the University of Bath.

We have recently added a few of these new customer stories to the growing Research

Journal Metrics in Scopus: SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 19:18

Recently, Library Connect worked with librarian Jenny Delasalle to create a set of quick reference cards on research impact metrics. Both a poster (11x17) sized version, which includes all the metrics on one page, and a larger format featuring 4 metrics cards per page, are available for download.  Each card provides a quick summary of the metric — including how it’s calculated, what it measures and whether it appli

es to journals, authors or documents — and serves as a good jumping off point for further discussions around metrics. To add a bit more context regarding their specific relationship to Scopus, we will be looking at individual cards and providing the Scopus connection, starting with SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

As stated in the card, SJR weights citations based on the source they come from.The subject field, quality and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation.

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.

In their words: Elsevier's Research Intelligence Solutions case studies

on Thu, 07/21/2016 - 04:18

Contributed by: Sabrina Ahmad

Thousands of institutions, funding bodies and companies around the world rely on Elsevier's Research Intelligence solutions to answer the most pressing challenges their researchers and research managers face. We’ve spoken with several of our customers and created a collection of their stories to share with you through a series of case studies, videos and webinars — with each story focusing on the unique way customers are using Scopus, SciVal and Pure.

Hear their stories

From Australia to Denmark, Japan to Sweden, the United Kingdom to Thailand, hear how customers around the world overcome the challenges of securing funding, finding the right collaboration partners, managing national assessment reporting requirements and more. Here are 3 stories to get you started:

Check, Correct, Submit: How to ensure accuracy in your Scopus Author Profile

on Fri, 06/24/2016 - 00:21

The data behind your Scopus Author Profile informs the outward view of your scholarly information—total number of citations, publication history, h-index—not only in Scopus itself, but across other entities supported by Scopus data. These measures may play a factor in tenure, funding or in other decisions; therefore, it is important to ensure your profile reflects your information correctly.  Despite the sophistication of the algorithmic profiling used by Scopus, algorithms cannot always match all documents to a single profile with 100% accuracy. So, in Scopus, what’s the best way to ensure you get credit where credit is due? Check your Scopus Author profile and submit your feedback.

In her recent webinar, Jessica Kowalski covered Scopus algorithmic profiling along with much more about Scopus author profiles in general. Click on the image below and watch minutes 00:18:37‒00:21:00 to learn more details about algorithmic profiling.

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

Five steps to creating a citation overview in Scopus

on Mon, 05/23/2016 - 17:16

In this Scopus Webinar, Scopus Product Manager, Kai Wan, joined us to share some best practices on how to use Scopus analysis tools in your research. Based on minutes 00:11:03–00:15:18 of his presentation, this tip & trick shares why and how to use the Scopus Citation overview tool.

The Scopus Citation Overview tool offers an interactive way to:

  • View the citation trend for a set of documents
  • Find all publications citing a specific document (or set of documents), and
  • Discover the overall impact of publications in a research area.

Before creating a Citation Overview, here are 2 key points to remember:

  • To use the interactive table within Scopus, select no more than 2,000 items at a time.
  • If you want to analyze a results list >2,000 (and up to 20,000),you will be prompted to request a direct export and receive the information as a .csv file

Tip: It is best to first improve the accuracy of your results set before creating a

Why the National Science Foundation (NSF) chose Scopus data for the Science & Engineering Indicators report

on Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:15

Every 2 years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) releases its Science & Engineering Indicators report, widely acknowledged as the definitive source of information on US

research trends. This report is mandated by the US Congress and although it is policy neutral and does not make recommendations, the information and trends revealed help guide policy makers and influence strategic planning and benchmarking for universities and state governments.

This year the NSF chose a new data provider for the report, Scopus. Why Scopus? The answer can be found in the report itself, “[a]lthough the United States has dominated S&E [Science & Engineering] publication activity for decades, it has long been hypothesized that…the developing world would…eventually reach parity with the United States (Price 1963). Tracking this growth accurately requires broad global coverage of S&E publications.” Scopus meets that need for broader global coverage, and with

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 undergoes testing to improve your search experience

on Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:45

A few weeks ago, we posted on the importance of A/B testing and how it allows us to make better data-driven decisions about how to improve Scopus. In part two, we will focus on improvements to Scopus search that will start this coming week. This work will enable us to move forward with improvements to the search experience. For example, due to timing differences during processing, citation count values may appear to be different from (e.g. between search results and citation overview). This asynchronicity will be resolved once the changes are complete.

During this time, below are some of the things you may notice:

  • Search results: You might observe slight changes in the number of results returned. Or the ordering of results for the same search at different times (but not during a single session) could be different. Two different users at the same institution, or one person using multiple computers such as at home vs. at work, may see differences in search results.
  • Alerts and saved

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