National Funding Agency for Science and Technology in Portugal Selects Elsevier’s Analytical Services to Support Evaluation of R&D Units

June 10, 2014

AMSTERDAM, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

Data from Scopus ensures up-to-date presentation of researcher IDs in ORCID for
five-year review of Portuguese R&D units

Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ], a world-leading provider of scientific, technical
and medical information products and services, has announced that it has been selected by
the national funding agency for science and technology in Portugal, Fundacao para a
Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT), to provide bibliometric analyses that will support its
2013/14 national review assessment of R&D units.

For the first time, FCT’s review of R&D units in Portugal will include bibliometric
analyses based on data from Elsevier’s Scopus [http://www.scopus.com ], the largest
abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. The analyses, which cover
research production, impact and collaboration for the 2008-2012 period, are provided by
Elsevier’s Analytical Services, part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence
[http://www.elsevier.com/research-intelligence ] portfolio of tools.

By selecting Scopus as the data source for the assessment, FCT was able to cover the
broadest range of researchers based in Portugal and their publication and citation counts
from 2008 to 2012. The 2013/14 assessment exercise includes 324 R&D Units and more than
15,000 researchers.

For the custom bibliometric analyses FCT opted for a process whereby all 15,000
researchers were able to update their unique identifier profiles in ORCID
[http://orcid.org/about/what-is-orcid ], an open, community-driven effort to create and
maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking
research activities and output to these identifiers. Thanks to the free Scopus-to-ORCID
feedback wizard [http://orcid.scopusfeedback.com ], created by Elsevier, researchers in
Portugal were able to populate and update their ORCID IDs, ensuring that the bibliometric
analyses provided to FCT for the assessment of the R&D units are based on current,
accurate data.

Miguel Seabra, FCT President, said, “The bibliometric analyses conducted by Elsevier
are an important component of the review process, providing very useful insights for the
international review panels. Their involvement will thus contribute to the overall aim of
this assessment exercise, which is to reinforce the role of research units as a
fundamental pillar in building a modern and competitive scientific system.”

Laure Haak, Executive Director of ORCID, said, “Researchers were able to use open
tools in ORCID to search for their works, link to their ORCID record and at the same time
make any needed adjustments to their Scopus author record. This large-scale implementation
of ORCID demonstrated system resilience and scalability, and offers clear hope for
researchers requesting to enter research information once, and re-use many times across
research systems.”

“We are delighted to support FCT with their research evaluation activities, not only
by providing them with custom bibliometric analyses, but also in our collaborative
approach of updating researcher records in ORCID – a step in the process which benefits
all parties involved,” said M’hamed el Aisati, Director of Content and Analytics at
Elsevier. “We look forward to continue working with FCT, providing data and support for
their future assessment initiatives.”

FCT funds and evaluates key R&D units across Portugal, as well as project grants,
research infrastructures and individual researchers. Periodic (usually five-year) reviews
of R&D units have been performed since 1996 with the goal of fostering and supporting
international competitiveness of Portuguese research institutions. The final results of
the 2013/2014 review will be known at the end of 2014.

National Funding Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation in Portugal

Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT) [http://www.fct.pt ] is the national
funding agency for science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under
responsibility of the Ministry for Education and Science. FCT’s mission is to continuously
promote the advancement of knowledge in science and technology in Portugal, attain the
highest international standards in quality and competitiveness, in all scientific and
technological domains, and encourage its dissemination and active role in society and in
economic growth.

FCT started its activity in August 1997, succeeding the Junta Nacional de Investigacao
Cientifica e Tecnologica (JNICT). Since March 2012 FCT coordinates public policies for the
Information and Knowledge Society in Portugal, after the integration of the Knowledge
Society Agency-UMIC [http://www.umic.pt ]. In October 2013, FCT took over the attributions
and responsibilities of the Fundacao para a Computacao Cientifica Nacional
[https://www.fccn.pt/en ] (FCCN), [Foundation for National Scientific Computation].


ORCID [http://www.orcid.org ] is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to
create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method
of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its
ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors and national boundaries. It is a hub
that connects researchers and research through the embedding of ORCID identifiers in key
workflows, such as research profile maintenance, manuscript submissions, grant
applications, and patent applications.

About Scopus

Scopus [http://www.scopus.com ], the largest abstract and citation database of
peer-reviewed literature, features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize scholarly
research. Its vast database contains abstracts and references from 21,000 titles from more
than 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage in the fields
of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts & Humanities. Scopus was
designed and developed with input from researchers and librarians internationally; and
features direct links to subscribed full-text articles, other library resources and
interoperability with applications such as reference management software.

About Elsevier Research Intelligence

Elsevier Research Intelligence [http://www.elsevier.com/research-intelligence ] is a
research information management portfolio that improves institutional and individual
ability to establish, execute and evaluate research strategy and performance. Combining
[http://www.elsevier.com/online-tools/research-intelligence/products-and-services/scival ]
tools, the Pure
[http://www.elsevier.com/online-tools/research-intelligence/products-and-services/pure ]
system and custom Analytical Services
[http://www.elsevier.com/online-tools/research-intelligence/products-and-services/analytical-services ]
with the rich data asset Scopus
[http://www.elsevier.com/online-tools/scopus ] and the reference management technology of
Mendeley [http://www.mendeley.com ], Elsevier Research Intelligence equips research
institutions, funders, policy-makers and researchers with a wide range of content, tools,
and powerful analytics. Elsevier Research Intelligence helps individuals and institutions
make better decisions, improve collaboration, attract more investment and optimize

About Elsevier

Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ] is a world-leading provider of information
solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals,
empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make
groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress.
Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions – among them ScienceDirect, Scopus
[http://www.scopus.com ], Elsevier Research Intelligence
[http://www.elsevier.com/online-tools/research-intelligence ], and ClinicalKey
[https://www.clinicalkey.com ] – and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet
[http://www.thelancet.com ] and Cell [http://www.cell.com ], and over 25,000 book titles,
including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC [http://www.reedelsevier.com ], a world
leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and
Risk and Business sectors, 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 Exchange).

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