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Great Scott! Celebrate Back to the Future Day with SciVal and Scopus

on Wed, 10/21/2015 - 07:57

October 21, 2015 – the furthest date in the future that the Back to the Future trilogy was set in is now upon us. It’s the date that Marty McFly, Jennifer and Doc travel to in the DeLorean and where we catch a glimpse of the future brought to us by director Robert Zemeckis.

While in the future, they experience some technological marvels – from self-tying shoelaces, to 3D shark holograms, and that famous hoverboard.

To mark the occasion, we’ve used SciVal to pull data together to show just how close Marty’s future has come to being our present.

Using the SciVal Trends module we looked at 5 specific areas of science – automation, biometrics, wearables, aging and hover (think remote controlled dog walkers, fingerprint scanning doorknobs, power-laces, rejuvenation clinics and hoverboards) – to see who’s doing what.

The Trends module uses citation and usage data from Scopus to build on the platform's ability to examine user-created

Journal Article: “A ‘basket of metrics’—the best support for understanding journal merit”

on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 20:17

Earlier this year, Dr. Lisa Colledge, Director of Research Metrics at Elsevier, published a Usage Guidebook and an article about the usage-based metrics and tools. Elsevier has made both available to help you analyze and understand the impact of research.

As a follow up to these efforts, a webinar was held to introduce the usage guidebook where participants were asked a number of questions about how they currently use and perceive usage metrics. Around 200 external participants joined from all over the world; the most-represented countries were the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, Italy and Canada.

Many of the attendees previously participated in our SciVal Trends launch webinars, which introduced usage as a new data source in SciVal.

Get deeper insights from your Scopus search results with SciVal’s new release

on Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:41

SciVal’s April release brings with it a number of improvements to help you analyze more deeply and share your work more easily with your institutional peers, further enhancing the seamless integration between Scopus and SciVal.

Some of the new enhancements include:

  • Get instant performance snapshots of your Publication Sets in the Overview module, including the ones that you can create using your Scopus search results

  • Further analyze the Publication Set to see the top researchers, institutions, publications and more

  • Analyze the impact of the Publication Set in the Benchmarking module

  • Easily view the performance of any Scopus journal classification


To learn more about the release, register now for one of the free webinars:

SciVal April Release 2015 - APAC & EMEA Session Register

SciVal April Release 2015 - EMEA & Americas Session Register

Scopus further increases interoperability with SciVal

on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:03

Instantly evaluate Scopus results in SciVal

On March 25, Scopus added the ability to directly export a list of Scopus documents to SciVal, Elsevier’s benchmarking and analytics product,to enable further analysis.Available to users with access to both products, the ‘Scopus to SciVal export’ feature reduces the number of steps when using the two products together.

This new feature further increases the interoperability between Scopus and SciVal, both products within the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio.

Here is how the Scopus to SciVal export works:

Step 1: The user enters a search in Scopus.

Step 2: From the search result page, the user selects the desired documents and adds them to a temporary Scopus list,
by going to the 'More’ option and choosing ‘Add to My list’.

 

Step 3: From ‘My list’ in Scopus, the user will see the option to ‘Export a list to SciVal’.

Release Date: 
March 25 2015

Total eclipse of the sun (and who’s studying it)

on Thu, 03/19/2015 - 13:17

Day will turn into darkness on Friday, March 20 during a total solar eclipse - a phenomenon which occurs when the moon's apparent diameter is larger than the sun's, blocking all direct sunlight. But no need to alarm; totality will only have a maximum duration of 2 minutes 47 seconds off the coast of the Faroe Islands.

Looking at Scopus content related to solar eclipse from 1836 to the present, it is interesting to see how scientific output is spread across an array of different disciplines, stretching from astronomy and planetary sciences to engineering, medicine, and social sciences.

Carrying significant impact upon existing energy supplies, solar eclipses are being studied by researchers across the globe. Focusing on the scientific landscape for research area “solar eclipse” in SciVal, we had a look at the top countries and institutions over the last 5 years (2010-2015). In terms of scholarly output (as well as total number of views), the

Happy Saint Patrick's Day! (+3 facts about the Irish research landscape)

on Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:53

Celebrating Irish culture and heritage, Saint Patrick's Day is observed every year on March 17 in commemoration of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), patron saint of Ireland.

Before donning our green shirts and running to the nearest Irish pub for a pint of Guinness, we wanted to have a closer look at how Ireland is performing  in terms of scientific research and output.

Here is Ireland's overview in SciVal for the period 2012-1014:

As shown in the above chart, the color of the three-leaved shamrock also has its share in contemporary Irish research: 14.2% of all publications lie within the green subject areas (biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, agricultural and biological sciences).

Digging deeper into the Scopus-based data in SciVal, here are 3 things we found out about the Irish research landscape:

1. The top 3 institutions in terms of number of publications and total citations are: University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin,

Scopus provides insights into Amsterdam’s competitive advantages

on Tue, 03/10/2015 - 11:00

Drawing on Scopus data, the ground-breaking report Mapping Research and Innovation: Understanding Amsterdam’s Competitive Advantage was released today showing how Amsterdam is building its future on a foundation of research to create a sustainable knowledge economy.

Developed by Elsevier Analytical Services in partnership with the Urban Innovation Network, the report explores the importance of aligning research with city development policies and provides a macro picture of Amsterdam’s research base.

Using Scopus data and SciVal analytics, the report analyzes the city's competitiveness across multiple dimensions of research performance from 2004-2013. Using Amsterdam as an extended case study, it provides a holistic view of the city’s research strengths and benchmarks its performance against other European cities of comparable size (a.o.

New SciVal Trends module is released (with webinar)

on Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:47

Offering quick and easy access to the research performance of 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries worldwide, SciVal provides unparalleled flexibility to define and create your own research areas. By enabling deeper analysis of these research areas, the new Trends module now allows you to spot research trends, discover top-performing countries, institutions, authors and journals, and compare them to the performance of your own research groups.

In addition to the regular citation and publication metrics in SciVal, the new Trends module incorporates usage data from ScienceDirect and Scopus. This data complements traditional citation metrics by exposing reading patterns, which can give an earlier indication of the popularity of research and help identify the rising stars of a specific topic.

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