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Elsevier Enhances SciVal Spotlight with Collaboration Analysis

September 15, 2011

AMSTERDAM, September 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –

As a rising number of institutions shift their focus towards
collaborative relationships to secure funding in a more competitive research
landscape, analyzing current and potential partners has become increasingly
important. To address this growing need, Elsevier, a world-leading provider
of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has
now launched a new enhancement to SciVal Spotlight: an integrated
collaboration analysis enabling institutional decision makers to identify
and evaluate partnerships at an institutional and author level.

This new enhancement allows users to identify and assess existing and
potential partner institutions related to the current research competencies.
Further, it enables the evaluation of existing partnerships by combined
article output among contributing institutions and displays collaboration
partners in particular research strengths. Ultimately, institutional
decision makers can now find or evaluate existing and potential partners by
uncovering with whom they are collaborating, with whom they are sharing and
not sharing competencies, and who is active within competencies but is not
yet a partner.

“Working with academic and governmental research advisors around the
globe, we uncovered a growing demand for data driven methods to evaluate and
enhance the strategic collaborative partnerships vital to securing
competitive funding and increasing overall research excellence,” explained
Jay Katzen, Managing Director of Elsevier Academic and Government Markets.
“As part of our customer-centric approach, we work closely with development
partners and customers to solicit feedback and leverage our agile
development methodology to ensure we can rapidly address and improve our
SciVal suite based on this feedback.”

The visual presentation of the collaboration landscape based on user
selected criteria can be displayed in three ways:

        - Map: Geographical distribution of both existing and/or
          potential collaboration partners plotted on a world map, including an
          indication of the research intensity with the inquiring institution
        - Table : Ranking of both existing and potential collaboration
          partners based on the research intensity with the inquiring institution
        - Details: Provides an overview of publications, authors, and
          competencies of the partnering or candidate institution

For more information on SciVal Spotlight, please visit


About the Elsevier SciVal(R) Suite
Elsevier’s SciVal suite [http://www.info.scival.com ] of services supports
academic and government leadership in evaluating, establishing and executing
research strategies that optimize the performance of existing assets and
maximize investments to enhance near and long-term productivity. SciVal
tools leverage Scopus(R) data, Elsevier’s trusted source of bibliometric
data, to offer innovative yet authoritative solutions. Current suite
offerings include: SciVal Spotlight(TM), a strategic tool that generates
unique institutional and country maps of existing and emerging research
strengths based on an interdisciplinary perspective of current performance;
SciVal Funding(TM), an online solution that provides targeted
recommendations on grants to pursue based on pre-populated research profiles
and historical awards; SciVal Strata(TM), a web-based research performance
tool that offers users the flexibility to construct relevant contextual data
to evaluate research teams or individual researchers, using a range of
indicators based on Scopus data; SciVal Experts(TM), a semantic
technology-based application that enables researchers to identify and locate
sources of expertise at an individual or departmental level within and
across institutions.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services. The company works in partnership with the
global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals,
including The Lancet [http://www.thelancet.com ] and Cell
[http://www.cell.com ], and close to 20,000 book titles, including major
reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include
SciVerse ScienceDirect [http://www.sciencedirect.com ], SciVerse Scopus
[http://www.scopus.nl ], Reaxys [http://www.reaxys.com ], MD Consult
[http://www.mdconsult.com ] and Nursing Consult
[http://www.nursingconsult.com ], which enhance the productivity of science
and health professionals, and the SciVal suite [http://www.scival.com ] and
MEDai’s Pinpoint Review [http://www.medai.com ], which help research and
health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier
[http://www.elsevier.com ] employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is
part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC [http://www.reedelsevier.com ], a
world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by
Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext
Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock

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