Universities Down Under Opt for Scopus

Australia's University of Queensland and Victoria University have chosen online abstract and citation database Scopus as a research performance measurement tool.

Designed to help scientics and academians quickly find information, Scopus provides a research database that includes:
  • 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers, including more than 1,000  Open Access journals, 500 conference proceedings, and more than 600 trade publications;
  • 33 million abstracts;
  • Results from 386 million scientific web pages; and
  • 21 million patent records from give patent offices.
The service provides tools for quickly reviewing search results and then futher refining those results to drill-down the needed information. Scopus also alerts users to new articles matching search criteria.

Adding Scopus should help the University of Queensland's research evaluation, especially with research quality framework (RQF) preparation, according to Keith Webster, UQ's University Librarian and Director of Learning Services. (RQF is a procedure used in Australia for assessing research impact.)

"We are very pleased with the linking capabilities between Scopus and our institutional repository, UQ  eSpace, the simple links through to RefWorks, our latest bibliographic management utility," he said in a prepared statement. "Subscribing to a product which has been developed in collaboration with end-users will help us improve productivity, especially when it comes to complex processes like the RQF."

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