Scopus Works With European Science Foundation to Expand Arts & Humanities Coverage

June 10, 2009

AMSTERDAM, June 10 /PRNewswire/ –

– First Citation Database to Offer Access to Arts and Humanities Journals
From Over a Thousand Different Publishers and Content Providers

Elsevier announced today that its flagship product Scopus(R), the world’s
largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, has
almost doubled its current Arts & Humanities (A&H) titles to 3,500, by adding
top global journals using the European Science Foundation’s European
Reference Index for Humanities (ERIH). This marks the first time that many of
the ERIH titles will be available through a global citation database at no
additional cost.

Founded in 2001 by the European Science Foundation, ERIH provides
scholars, libraries and other institutions with lists of high quality A&H
journals to raise awareness of the titles as a resource for content and an
avenue for publishing original research. Journals are included in the ERIH
lists and categorized based on audience, distribution and reach, as well as
influence and scope by expert scholarly panels from around the world. Scopus
users can now search and access top-level A&H journal titles from all three
categories included on the initial ERIH lists.

With the addition of the ERIH’s titles, Scopus can provide researchers
with better access to national and international A&H journals. Subjects with
the most journals include literature and literary theory (30% of new titles),
general arts and humanities (22%), history (17%) and visual/performing arts
(16%). More than half (60%) are published from the EMEA (Europe, Middle East
and Africa) region, 38% from the Americas and 2% are from Asia-Pacific.

Like the existing titles in Scopus, the new journals contain cited
references that make previously unavailable bibliometrics data accessible.
This information will now help A&H scholars more efficiently assess and
measure research sources and output, as well as illustrate the broader
influence of journal articles published. In addition, Scopus allows tracking
of citations belonging to scholarly books – via the unique MORE tab.

Several prestigious and highly cited titles are now included in Scopus
such as “Mind” (Oxford University Press), “Transactions of the Royal
Historical Society” (Cambridge University Press) and “Modern Philology”
(University of Chicago Press)

In order to acquire back content of many journals, Scopus partnered with
Project MUSE, a not-for-profit platform founded by John Hopkins University
Press and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSEL) at John Hopkins University.

“We are pleased to help extend the visibility of many significant A&H
titles,” said Mary Rose Muccie, Project MUSE Director.

“I very much welcome the expansion of Scopus towards A&H publications,”
added Arto Mustajoki, President of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters
and Member of the ERIH Steering Committee. “As a whole, it is important to
have an alternative that reflects the European output in the reference
journal and citation index business.”

Niels Weertman, Director Scopus and Scirus added: “To date, there has
been a lack of bibliometric data in the Arts and Humanities fields. We are
excited to be working with the European Science Foundation as the ERIH
journals not only expand the international breadth of Scopus, but also makes
it an even more holistic source for scientific research and measurement in
Arts and Humanities.”

About the European Reference Index for Humanities

The ERIH (European Reference Index for the Humanities) aims to enhance
the global visibility of high-quality research in the Humanities published in
academic journals in various European languages across all of Europe. It is a
fully peer-reviewed, Europe-wide process, in which 15 expert panels assess
and aggregate input received from funding agencies and other ESF Member
Organisations as well as subject associations. The initial lists are now
being revised based on feedback from editors, publishers and scientific
community. The lists will be updated every 2-3 years.

About MUSE

MUSE began in 1993 as a pioneering joint project of the Johns Hopkins
(JHU) Press and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSEL) at JHU.
Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers,
providing 100% full-text, affordable and user-friendly online access to a
comprehensive selection of prestigious humanities and social sciences
journals. MUSE’s online journal collections support a diverse array of
research needs at academic, public, special and school libraries worldwide.
Our journals are heavily indexed and peer-reviewed, with critically acclaimed
articles by the most respected scholars in their fields. MUSE is also the
sole source of complete, full-text versions of titles from many of the
world’s leading university presses and scholarly societies. Currently, MUSE
provides full-text access to current content from over 400 titles
representing nearly 100 not-for-profit publishers.

About the European Science Foundation

The European Science Foundation (ESF) is an independent, non-governmental
organization whose members are 80 national funding agencies,
research-performing agencies, academies and learned societies from 30
countries. The strength of ESF lies in the influential membership and in its
ability to bring together the different domains of European science to meet
the challenges of the future. ESF is dedicated to promoting collaboration in
scientific research, funding of research and science policy across Europe.
Through its activities ESF has made major contributions to science in a
global context. Since its establishment in 1974, ESF, which is based in
Strasbourg with offices in Brussels and Ostend, has assembled a host of
organisations that span all disciplines of science, to create a common
platform for cross-border cooperation in Europe. ESF covers the following
scientific domains: Humanities, Social Sciences, Life, Earth and
Environmental Sciences, Medical Sciences, Physical and Engineering Sciences,
Social Sciences. For more information please see http://www.esf.org

About Scopus

Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract
and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources
with smart tools to track analyze and visualize research. Scopus was designed
and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique
database contains abstracts and references from over 18,000 titles from 5,000
publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition,
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 Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to
use than any other literature research tool. For more information about
Scopus please visit http://www.info.scopus.com .

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and
medical information products and services. Working in partnership with the
global science and health communities, Elsevier’s 7,000 employees in over 70
offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books per
year, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, such
as ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/), MD Consult
(http://www.mdconsult.com/), Scopus (http://www.info.scopus.com/),
bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier (http://www.elsevier.com/) is a global business headquartered in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part of
Reed Elsevier Group plc (http://www.reedelsevier.com/), a world-leading
publisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical,
legal, education and business-to-business sectors, Reed Elsevier provides
high-quality and flexible information solutions to users, with increasing
emphasis on the Internet as a means of delivery. Reed Elsevier’s ticker
symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and
ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

    Malkie Bernheim/ Jessica Disch
    Padilla Speer Beardsley
    mbernheim@psbpr.com/ jdisch@psbpr.com

SOURCE Reed Elsevier & Scopus

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