Tuesday, 3 February 2009

News from SCOPUS

  • In April 2009 1,450 journals in Arts and Humanities core areas such as history, literature and visual arts will be added to Scopus. Many countries will be better represented as a result of these added titles and researchers will have enhanced access to international Arts and Humanities content. Journal subjects include literature and literary theory (30% of new titles), general arts and humanities (22%), history (17%), visual/performing arts (16%), among others.

  • SCOPUS has been chosen by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for its Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative. The ERA initiative will assess research quality within Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprised of experienced, internationally-recognized experts. Scopus Custom Data will be the sole provider used to assess the country’s higher education research output for the ERA’s first group of science disciplines (Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences (PCE)) in 41 Higher Education Providers (HEPs): Physical, Chemical and Earth Sciences (PCE). The ERA process is similar to the planned REF, currently HEFCE is running a pilot exercise using data provided Thomson Reuters/Evidence.

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