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UC Campuses to Evaluate Scopus

Posted by UCSB Library on June 23, 2009

Through December, 2010 the UC community will have an opportunity to try out and evaluate the Scopus database: http://www.scopus.com.

Scopus is a large interdisciplinary abstract and citation database of research literature and selected websites developed by the scholarly publisher Elsevier. It currently indexes, selectively abstracts, and provides citation analysis since 1996 for nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals including open access journals, conference proceedings, trade publications, web pages, and patent records. Although most comprehensive in the sciences, Scopus is currently expanding its coverage of the social sciences and humanities literature. Citations in Scopus are linked to full-text articles available via UC eLinks.

During the Scopus evaluation period, members of the UC community are invited to consider its coverage and functionality in comparison with similar databases. Given the current fiscal restraints throughout the UC system, it is unlikely that CDL or any of the UC Libraries will be able to provide access to multiple resources with duplicate or similar content after 2009. The Libraries working with the Scopus Task Force will be actively soliciting feedback on Scopus from end users during the course of the access period.

Various training opportunities for Scopus are being planned at each UC campus. Interested researchers at UCSB are encouraged to go to http://trainingdesk.elsevier.com/scopus/index.asp for information on training opportunities and links to online tutorials.

More information about the Scopus trial is available at http://www.cdlib.org/inside/collect/scopus_public.html.

The librarian at UCSB who is coordinating the systemwide evaluation of Scopus is Andrea Duda, who may be contacted at duda@library.ucsb.edu or 893-2647 for additional information and feedback.

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