"Scopus gives our scientists access to the right information in a timely fashion and frees them up so that they can concentrate on their research. Scopus offers our global research and development teams the first search tool that combines searches of subscription based literature and information on the Internet in an efficient and economical way. We believe Scopus makes a positive contribution to the development of Henkel's innovative brands and technologies."
Dr. Christoph Haxel, Director of Henkel Corporate Scientific Services
Citation Analysis with Scopus (16 min tutorial)
Scopus is a new database the Yale Medical Library licensed. It comes with great citation analysis features. In this video, I will first show you the differences between Scopus and the Web of Science in terms of citation analysis. Then I will show you how to find and analyze citing references of a particular article as well as those of a particular author. I will also demo a little bit of Scopus' unique "citation tracker" function and "citation overview" page.
Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library
Yale University School of Medicine
Scopus represents a significant development in both its approach toward the integration of resources and its approach toward the user interface. Members of the University of Toronto community now have access to what is the largest abstract database in the world, covering most of the world key scientific literature.
The Scopus interface clearly reflects the value of the user-centered design approach that was used in its development; the system works the way the researcher uses abstract and citation data -- not the way that we think that they should use it. At the University of Toronto there is no question that Scopus will not only become a key information source for science, technology and medicine but also supplant some of the more traditional information sources.
Director, Information Technology Services
University of Toronto Libraries
Scopus connects our users directly to our full text holdings. There are no intermediate screens for them to interpret, no long list of providers they have to pick from, no complicated procedures -- just a single click to view the article and another click to get back to the result list.
By modeling bibliographic searching on web searching, Scopus gives users the same kind of immediate feedback they get with tools like Google. I'm convinced that this makes searching easier and, ultimately, research more efficient.
Head of IT
I certainly like the idea that the end user gets to see even the author's first name. That's a great feature when last names are very common. Presentation of the list of references and links are great. Corresponding author contact info is an excellent feature too.
Librarian at New Jersey Institute of Technology
I circulated info about Scopus to my department: students, researchers and staff. First email comment received from a lecturer: "Can we have this Scopus thing permanently? It is very good!"
The big strength of Scopus is its carefully designed, modern and user-friendly interface: Right from the first web page, users can search articles from about 13,000 peer-reviewed journals. Results are presented in a clear manner that helps to identify relevant articles quickly.
I'm especially fond of the post-processing capabilities of Scopus: sorting by number of citing articles to identify important papers is my favorite, another is the display of cluster-analyzed results for further refinement. Other goodies are the Alerting features.
Dr. Martin Braendle,
So far, Scopus has had an impressive impact on AUB, quenching the thirst of knowledge here. New and consistent, Scopus has privileged us with this opportunity to dive deeper and we have allowed it to guide us into the modern works of science.
Scopus has 2 student ambassadors at AUB, Steven Chalouhi and Eyad El-Dahouk. So enthusiastic and so brilliant...the Campus is full of Scopus brochures, of ads about Scopus seminars. Every week they give a seminar, they even tailor one to the need of the users, professors, students and researchers. They are a great help to the medical librarians in promoting Scopus. This program is so effective. The idea of selecting student ambassadors to promote Scopus on campus is a brilliant one. I can see how effective it is and I even thought of selecting them to become Saab Medical Library ambassadors! Wouldn't you?
Hilda T. Nassar
Director, Medical Librarian
Saab Medical Library
American University of Beirut
Elsevier, in its development of its Scopus offering, really appears to be making a genuine effort to listen to and act upon the input from users in the feedback sessions. The provision of information from disparate sources and searching of available literature can be an organisational and financial minefield. As one of Europe's leading science and technology organisations, accessing relevant information for a project is vital and in our strive to be more efficient, anything that can assist is welcome.
QinetiQ's Information Management
The content coverage in Scopus is very, very impressive. We also like the fact that Scopus includes so much Asian content. Research in this region, especially in India and China, is booming.
Malaysian University of Science & Technology
The interface seems to be more transparent, so PhD students and researchers can understand what is happening behind the scenes, which is very important.
Users found answers that they never would have found otherwise.
Quotes from users at partner and trial institutes:
Uncovering the milestones in past research and forecasting future research, Scopus puts us at the right location in this present time of the study of life. Offering a satisfactory reliability, it encompasses a broad field of health sciences as well as many aspects of social sciences.
Efficiency, sophistication and high technology organization are the most powerful ingredients to this user-friendly e-database. It has offered AUB not only a deeper look into science, but a more diverse way of thinking.we have found research enlightening hidden pathways in science.
Scopus provides a strong base of reference, it fills the gaps and extends the horizons.
Steven Chalouhi and Eyad El-Dahouk
Scopus Student Ambassadors at American University of Beirut
I found it very easy to use and friendly.I also hope that it will help in stopping the Impact Factor-fever which is, in my opinion, really terrible for the whole scientific community.
As an Editor, I think it will be a useful tool for detecting potential reviewers, and for checking existing literature. As a scientist, I had fun surfing through the Scopus pages! Sorry, I do not have any suggestions for improving it.....is it already perfect?!
Paolo Cherubini, Ph.D.
Presentation of the list of references and links are great. Corresponding author contact info is an excellent feature too.
New Jersey Institute of Technology
I really, really like Scopus. I am using it exclusively now.
University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV)
For teaching purposes it is important to have the Web included as well. Scopus has this and this closes the gap for student education.
Professor of Chemistry
From usability testing sessions:
- "I found articles in Scopus that I couldn't find in other databases."
- "I'm always thinking: what would save me time? This would be a very useful tool!"
- "Why didn't they have this when I was doing my Ph.D.?!"
- "The way the results are presented is superb."
- "You get exactly what you want, and you have the full text link included."
The full-text linking capability available in Scopus has vastly expanded full text availability for our end users, so much so that several of our largest resources have seen increases in full text retrievals of over 500%. It's satisfying for us to see our investment in full text paying big dividends, and has enabled us to fulfill, to a greater extent than ever before, researchers' desires for an innovative and intuitive discovery tool backed by a near seamless universe of full text content.
Web Services Librarian