Scopus Qualifies More Than 800 New Titles to be Added to its Database
Scopus®, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research, today announced that it will be adding 800 new titles, including more than 200 Social Science titles, to its extensive database of 15,000 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to the Social Science titles, peer-reviewed journals originating from all corners of the world covering fields from biomedicine to engineering were added. The titles suggested by users went through a stringent selection procedure resulting in the approval of 800 titles by the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB).
Since its inception, Scopus has committed itself to being the most comprehensive database of quality research output available. As part of this commitment Scopus invites users to submit titles for inclusion in the database. To ensure the database adequately reflects the world’s scientific research output and offers its users the best quality available, all suggested titles are reviewed by the Scopus CSAB. The main criterion for selection, as defined by the group, is their scientific expertise on the particular subject area and region. Additional criteria are: the availability of an English abstract, frequency of publication and a peer-reviewed quality control process. Titles to be added to Scopus in early 2008 may be suggested by visiting http://www.info.scopus.com/suggesttitle
“We’re committed to ensure Scopus maintains its distinction as the most relevant and current abstract and citation database,” said Atilio Bustos González, Director of the Library System of the Pontific Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile, and member of the Scopus CSAB, “The titles we selected this year reflect the importance of the social sciences and the exponential growth in scientific research output in Asia, Latin-America and Eastern-Europe.”
In total, more than 1,200 title suggestions were made in 2006, a 300% increase over the previous year, clearly indicating the increasing importance placed on Scopus by the scientific community.
“Users are suggesting titles for inclusion all the time, and we have our external board validate these suggestions” said Jaco Zijlstra, Scopus Director. “This allows us to combine the user-centered approach Scopus stands for with our commitment to provide best in class content. Including new titles which our users consider relevant and our board considers quality material, ensures that Scopus continues to satisfy the evolving needs of researchers and librarians around the world.”
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