Elsevier’s SciVerse Scopus Data Plays Key Role in Kyoto University’s Large Scale Analyses of Japanese Research Output
TOKYO, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Japan’s 21st Century COE Program for accelerating research performance
Elsevier, [http://www.elsevier.com ] a world-leading provider of scientific, technical
and medical information products and services, today announced the completion Kyoto
University’s study on research activities and competencies at universities across Japan.
The study was based on analyses of data driven from Elsevier’s multidisciplinary abstract
and citation database, SciVerse Scopus.
Measuring the effect of the Japanese government’s 21st Century Center of Excellence
(COE) Program, a large research funding scheme investing in research activities at
universities across Japan, the study concludes that in five of eight research fields
studied, research funded by the COE program excels in terms of both quantity and quality
Using data from SciVerse Scopus Dr. Takanori Ida, professor at the Graduate School of
Economics at Kyoto University and lead researcher of the study, measured annual growth in
number of papers published (quantity) and citations received (quality), and whether the
research had been funded through the COE program. In five of the eight research fields
studied, research funded by the program showed a significant increase in output as well as
citations received compared to research not funded by the program. These fields are: life
science, humanities, medical science, information sciences, and mechanical engineering.
“SciVerse Scopus’ data proved very valuable throughout the course of this study.
Especially Scopus’ Author IDs greatly facilitated the process of identifying Japanese
researchers and clustering their work, making comparison between research funded and not
funded by the COE Program as accurate as possible,” commented Dr. Ida on the methodology
of the study. “The results of this study will provide important insights to our government
providing them with a better understanding of the effects of their implemented policies on
science in Japan.”
“We are honoured to have been able to support Dr. Ida in his research done with the
help of SciVerse Scopus. There has been increasing focus in recent years on methods by
which research both inside and outside universities is carried out. We will therefore
continue to develop research performance and evaluation platforms that universities and
institutions can rely on to measure output,” said Niels Weertman, Vice President of SciVal
Details on the published study can be found at:
About 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) Program
Large funding program initiated by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture,
Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and coordinated by the Japanese Society for the
Promotion of Science (JSPS) from 2002 to 2004. The program was succeeded by the Global COE
[http://www.jsps.go.jp/english/e-21coe/index.html ] program.
About SciVerse Scopus
Covering the world’s research literature, SciVerse Scopus [http://www.info.scopus.com
] is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality
Web sources with smart tools to track analyze and visualize research. SciVerse Scopus was
designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique
database contains abstracts and references from nearly19,500 peer-reviewed journals from
more than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In
addition, SciVerse Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles
covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches. Direct links to full-text
articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software,
make SciVerse Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other
literature research tool.
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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.com ], 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.
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