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More ways to discover content from open access journals in Scopus

on Fri, 02/05/2016 - 22:12

In July of last year, Scopus launched an open access (OA) indicator to make it easier for users to identify OA journals (click here to read more about Scopus and open access). In the initial release the indicator appeared on the 'Browse sources' and 'Journal details' pages. Now, as of February 4, 2016, the indicator appears in additional Scopus pages to make it easier for you to identify content that comes from an open access title (a journal registered with either the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) or the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD)). These pages are the search results, list pages (temporary and saved lists), and author profile pages. View the images below to see how the indicator works in each page and then follow the tip & trick at the end of this post to learn 3 ways to search for open access journals (updated from this earlier post).

Identifying open access content in the search results page

Release Date: 
February 4 2016

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.

Three ways to search for open access journals in Scopus

on Mon, 08/03/2015 - 21:32

On July 29, 2015 Scopus launched an open access (OA) indicator for journals indexed in Scopus. The indicator allows 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.

How to search for open access journals in Scopus:

Navigate to the ‘Browse Sources’ tab in Scopus and choose from the following options to search for open access journals (or watch the video below):

Option 1 (see image 1 below)

  • In the Browse box, click on the drop-down menu next to ‘Subject Area’ to select your subject area of choice
  • Also in the Browse box, tick the 'Open Access' check box: ‘Display only Open Access Journals’
  • Click on ‘Display Sources.’ This search will yield only open access journals which cover your search topic
  • Open access journals are indicated with an orange open access label

Image 1: Options in ‘Browse Sources’ to search for open

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

Open Access on Scopus

on Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:40

This week is Open Access Week 2014, a global event that gives the academic and research community an opportunity to learn more about Open Access. We thought it was worth noting that out of the  21,000+ journals indexed by Scopus, 2,800 are gold open access journals (DOAJ-registered). You can view these titles in the publicly-available Scopus title list.

Moreover, Scopus features other “open” features like our open author profiles – just google “free author lookup” to access them:

You can read more about the new Scopus author profile page here. Also, don’t miss the chance to have a look at this selection of interesting open access research papers published in Elsevier journals on topics such as health, environment, personality and culture. Interested in knowing more about Open Access Week? You can follow the latest news via the hashtag #OAWeek.