Why is Elsevier launching SciVerse?
Beginning in 2008, Elsevier interviewed over 3,000 researchers, research librarians and application developers to discern the obstacles the scientific community is encountering most. We found that researchers need a better way to search, discover, store, share and reuse the data that is most important to their individual research. Developers need access to research data to be able to develop the applications that will best assist them. Librarians are under pressure to maximize the content they already have in their collections, and prove a return on investment for the services they purchase. SciVerse aims to fulfill all these needs by providing a new platform that will enable collaboration across these three groups.
What products are available on the SciVerse platform?
Find the scholarly information you need with one click in SciVerse Hub
SciVerse Hub is your key to performing integrated searches across ScienceDirect, Scopus and web content.
- With one click, access all subscribed and web content
- Results ranked by relevancy and with no duplication
- Use applications on SciVerse Hub integrated content
Access peer reviewed full-text articles through SciVerse ScienceDirect
Looking for trusted content? SciVerse ScienceDirect scientific database contains more than 10 million journal articles and book chapters.
- Over 2,500 journals and 10,000 books
- Averages almost a half-million additions each year
- Journal Backfiles dating from 1823.
Search millions of abstracts and index data with SciVerse Scopus
SciVerse Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources.
- Contains 41 million records, 70% with abstracts
- Over 18,000 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide, with 70% of content from international sources
- Offers sophisticated tools to track, analyze and visualize research
Endless possibilities with SciVerse Applications
Starting in 2011, SciVerse Applications will the place to find and market applications, or collaborate with the scientific community to create applications.
- Provides a marketplace for scientific applications
- Add applications tailored to your interests and workflow
- Work with others to create applications for the scientific community
What is SciVerse Hub?
SciVerse Hub will enable users to perform integrated searching of the world’s largest full text collection in ScienceDirect, the world’s largest abstract and citation database in Scopus, and the world’s largest controlled index of the scientific web.
What is SciVerse Applications?
Starting in 2011, SciVerse Applications will provide all users of the SciVerse platform a variety of Elsevier and third party-developed applications. These new applications will allow users to gain further insights from the content in SciVerse Hub, ScienceDirect or Scopus. Applications will be built to enhance or “customize” a user’s experience of SciVerse by tailoring it to their specific interests and workflow.
What are the three SciVerse Applications that were launched at the end of August?
The Methodology Section Search Application will enable searching for full-text articles within the methodology section-only. The Sentence Matching Application will efficiently assesses search results and displays query words in the full sentences where they appear, and the Prolific Author Search Application finds the most “prolific authors” publishing articles about search terms, linking into articles by that author within Scopus.
What is the impact of the SciVerse launch on existing contracts or subscriptions?
The launch of SciVerse will not cause any changes to existing contracts or subscriptions..
Does the SciVerse launch on August 28th mean that Elsevier is replacing ScienceDirect and Scopus?
The SciVerse platform is indeed launching on August 28th, 2010, and institutions that currently use the ScienceDirect and/or Scopus platforms will not have to “switch” to SciVerse. After this date, users will still be able to access the ScienceDirect and Scopus search features they are accustomed to on the SciVerse platform, but will also be able to use the new SciVerse Hub to search across a single index of content from ScienceDirect, Scopus, and web content from Scirus, as well as use three new SciVerse Applications.
How long will the existing ScienceDirect and Scopus sites continue to be active? Will both sites remain current?
The SciVerse platform is now the new home for Elsevier-licensed products like ScienceDirect and Scopus, and Elsevier will continue to maintain and enhance both the content and functionalities in ScienceDirect and Scopus going forward, while also focusing on increasing interoperability and a more consistent user experience.
After ScienceDirect and Scopus are launched on the SciVerse platform, will users need to use new URLs to access SciVerse?
It is important to note that customers will not have to change any existing links to maintain access to currently subscribed products, as all current ScienceDirect [www.sciencedirect.com] and Scopus [www.scopus.com] URLs will remain intact and will continue to serve as the base URLs for these products going forward. Thus, the SciVerse launch will not disrupt any current inward or outward links to either of these existing products, including links to main landing pages, individual journals and articles as well as links to saved searches and alerts, link resolver settings, etc.
There will be new URLs created for SciVerse Hub and Applications, and all of these will URLs be in the sciverse.com domain, e.g. www.hub.sciverse.com .
Do subscribers have to update their settings in order enable users to access the new SciVerse Hub through their proxy servers?
SciVerse ScienceDirect and Scopus access via proxy server will remain unaffected, and only customers with URL-rewriting proxy servers, like ezproxy, will need to update their proxy server in order for their users to access SciVerse Hub off-site. As all new SciVerse URLs will be in the sciverse.com domain, customers should add the domain sciverse.com as a new domain record in their proxy configurations for the existing ScienceDirect and Scopus products. They will also need to set up a new record for SciVerse Hub (www.hub.sciverse.com ) containing the sciverse.com domain.