Q: What is Elsevier's stance on making ScienceDirect content available to discovery tool vendors like EBSCO?

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ScienceDirect: Your Questions Answered

July 30
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The questions below were posed to our ScienceDirect team by Innovation Explorers (our
online, invitation only advice group made up of researchers and librarians). Our thanks to those
members who raise the questions!




Q:
What is Elsevier's stance on ma
king ScienceDirect content available to discovery tool
vendors like EBSCO?


In 2011 we
signed agreements with Sum
mon, Primo and Ebsco that allow

them to index the full
text

of all content available on ScienceDirect (journals and books) in their discovery s
ervices.
This means that customers of these discovery services should be able to search ScienceDirect
and link users to the full text.

In
2012, we

signed an agreem
ent with OCLC, who will index
ScienceDirect

full text in their Worldcat Local Discovery Serv
ice.



Q: [
Can you]
Provide an iPhone/iP
ad app for ScienceDirect or make the webs
ite accessible
from iPhone/iPad?

I am on the road a lot and this makes mine and lots of others life easier.


Yep! iPhone, Android and B
lackberry app
s are
free here:

http://www.info.sciverse.com/sciverse
-
mobile
-
applications/overview

Note that iPad doesn’t require an app to access ScienceDirect.



Q: I
t would be great if Publishers like Elsevier

could give some fellowships for young
scientists to encourage them to publish in specific and/or hot areas. May be it could begin
assorting among candidates of this community...


Actually, we do have several award programs for young researchers. While no
t fellowships,
many of our journals
have young researchers awards
(i.e. the Paper of the Year award given to
young researchers by the
Journal of Structu
ral Biology
)
.


We’re also very pleased to run 15
-
20
Scopus Young Researcher Awards

every year. Some of
these regional awards have cash prize
s, some don’t (and

none are fellowships), but all of t
hese
programs have been developed to encourage excellence in young researchers.


The Elsevier Foundation supports of nursing students, young women scientists, and innovative
libraries with several large grant programs
:
www.elsevierfoundation.org




Q: I would like to download some articles which were published 30 years ago. Unfortunately,
they are not available anymore on the website. Could you plan to provide the database
providing the age
-
old articles?


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S
cienceDirect journals, almost without exception
,

go back to article 1; issue 1, no matter how
long ago that was. If you’re not finding it, it could be that your institution did not purchase the
backfiles. Backfiles go from the journal’s start to 1996
(mo
re recent work is just in the regular
collection)
and are available by
subject area, or as a whole, and with a range of purchase
options.



Q:
Sometimes
, I find my article
wrongly cited (such as

my first name for my family name) in
your database. Could it

be corrected? If I detected

mistakes of this kind, how could I contact
you?


There were several questions on authors and citations. In ScienceDirect, we show the names in
as they’re entered by the
corresponding author
.
If there is a mistake in the artic
le itself, it
w
ould have to be corrected by a corrigendum

(contact the Editor or Managing Editor). If you
see a mistake in your profile in Scopus, use the

Author Wizard

to fix it.


A larger initiative in the

community is

ORCID
,
an initiative that assigns e
ach researcher with a
unique ID. Along with other publishers and institutes, we’re working with the ORCID
organization to help implement this.

According to ORCID,
i
ts service will be launched in the 4th
Quarter of 2012.

Tips to improve search results are

here
.




Q:
How does S
cienceDirect differ from other products (including benefits and limitations)?
When might I consider using ScienceDirect over other databases such as MEDLINE, EMBASE
or CINAHL?


The cho
ice is highly dependent on your

specific research activity. ScienceDirec
t is the largest
database of full
-
text scientific articles

(but doesn’t search cross publishers)
.
MEDLINE

and
E
mbase

are abstract and indexing tools
(they don’t have full text)
which specialize in
biomedical
cove
rage;
CINAHL
(also abstract only)
is specialized in

health.
We, of course like Embase
because it’s

indexed by experts, using a unique life science thesaurus (Emtree) which can help
refine your searches.
Scop
us
, Web of Science and Google Scholar are also abstract and indexing
databases (i.e. don’t host full text) but cover all disciplines.


ScienceDirect is broader

than

the specialized abstracting and indexing tools like Medline,
Embase and CINAHL

(and can th
erefore give you results in multidisciplinary fields/journals
)
,

and
will give you full text. However,

it is of course limited by
covering a single

publisher. If you’re
searching within ScienceDirect
,

you can save searches, as well as set up

alerts

when you’re
cited, alerts for new papers in your field, your favorite journals etc.


More about ScienceDirect and the benefit
s of (free) registration

here
.


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Q:
Is there science based on impact factor publications?


Impact Factor is a concept o
wned by Thompson Reuters (formerly ISI) Web of Knowledge.
Journals must apply to

be included and the criteria are

fairly stringent. Elsevier journal
hom
e
pages note the Impact Factor of the journal, but it’s not something that comes up in the
article reco
rd

on ScienceDirect
.


Scopus

(
with
abstracts from

more than 5,000

publishers)

inclu
des

metrics such as H
-
index, SNIP
and SJR.


H Index

an index

of productivity and citations for an individual, not a journal.

SNIP
-

measures contextual citation impact by

weighting citations based on the total number of
citations in a subject field
. This improves the ability to compare “impact” between fields.


SJR
-

measures the
prestige of scholarly sources

i.e. a citati
on from a source with a high prestige

has more weig
ht than a citatio
n from a source with a lower prestige



All journal and researcher quality metrics have their advantages and disadvantages. There’s
more about them
here

from the University of Toronto
.





Q:
Will there be an
y reference management function

offered by ScienceDirect?


Yes! In January Elsevier
acquired

Quosa
, a top reference and download manager with

functions
like fu
ll
-
text PDF retrieval, ability to organize article
s, and integration with
other
citation
management software. You’ll be see lots more in this area soon.



Q:
Government agencies (US) put out many books, pamphlets, and other pape
rs. How about
at least ha
ving
the titles and maybe a short abstract for all to see.


We don’t do it often, but we have published

sets of advice papers

from groups like the League
of European Research Univers
ities. They asked us to (which we did free of charge)
in order
to
further share their work and to see what was best read. That said, it isn’t something we’re
actively acquiring at the moment.


W
e are

also talking with

various government institutions
abo
ut

index
ing

these type
s

of
publications in
Scirus

and
SciVerse Hub.

This means users will find these publications in their
search results. T
o read the full te
xt, they will be linked back to the platform of the government
institution
.


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Q:
To facilitate precise retrieval Semantic Web technology and Linked Data are being used in
some databases.

Also social tags and folksonomies will help to some extent to enhanc
e
information retrieval. Does SD think on this line? If so what is the progress?


We

have a

developer network

in the community, helping us to integrate semantic web
technology, develop applicati
ons and other elements of enhanced information retrieval
.
Content APIs

are open for ScienceDirect and Scopus. If you want to know more about social
tags and folksonomies, I’ll have to
defer to m
y colleagues on the
developer network

(you can
contact them via
the site
).





Q:
It would be great to have tutorials aimed at returning graduate students. We have an
influx of person
s who finished their previous degree more that 10 years ago.


We have a

Training Desk

that provides videos (and live web tutorials) on all our tools. If you
make
a
tutorial on any of our tools, we’re happ
y to upload them too!

We also run hundreds of
live workshops and trainings on our tools and on writing scholarly articles. In 2011 more than
15,000 students attended one of the 220 writing seminars held by Elsevier publishing staff
around the world.

Mor
e author support (including webcasts) is on the
Author Home.




Q:
How will ScienceDirect handle the large number of supplemental datasets and their
increasing sizes?


The
challenge is not so much in hosting them, as it is in reviewing them. Many journals

on
ScienceDirect host

supplemental data, but it’s difficult to ensure
that
the data is

reviewed as
well as the article itself. We’re grateful to all the time reviewers spe
nd on

articles and can’t
really ask

them to go through massive datasets. It’s not a challenge we’ve entirely cracked yet.
We also need, as a community, to find better ways of developing and enforcing standardization
so databases are actually useful. We’
re not there yet.



Q:
Students are expressing increasing interest in video for all types of learning. How is
Elsevier planning on reaching the video generation?



Videos are supported in ScienceDirect (you can search for them in the image search top left
). I
found
167,502. Which, compared to the 10 million articles in ScienceDirect, is not a ton, but it’s
growing. If you’re interested in video tutorials, we have them for all our tools (3
rd

party content
too) on
Training Desk
.


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Q:
Is it possible when saving file
s

that it will be saved in file name as its topic's name? So it
can be easier for users when downloading several articles.


This came up in our recent study (with Innovation Explorers) on Scienc
eDirect. It’s definitely a
priority since so many people want it,
and we hope to implement it via the newly
-
acquired

Quosa

technology.




Q:
I'd like to be able to screen for articles which have downloadable data fi
les attached to
them
-

this would be analogous to what you are doing with your image search. Data, rather
than the article, is starting to become the "primary source" in this era of data management.


Yes,
we’d like to do a better job making supplementary
data and downloadable databases
findable. These should be more visible in the new article format, but you’re right, a button (like
the image search) would be great.
My colleagues in product development have confirmed that
it’s already in the development
plan.





Q:
My frustra
tion is that for every Science
Direct journal and for features such as Innovation
Explorers, I have a different account, username, password. As a reviewer or author for
dozens of journals, it is very difficult to keep track of all
of these accounts
.



We entirely agree.
While you don’t need different passwords for Scopus and ScienceDirect, if
you’re a reviewer, you do need different ones for journals in the Elsevier submission/reviewing
system (EES).
We’ve been working on it, and
because of our backoffice systems, it’s
been

difficult. But it’s a huge annoyance
,

so we will indeed continue to work on it.
To try to help you
out, w
hen you’re invited to review, we remind you of your password. But yes, it’s a drag
,

and I
apologize.

Es
pecially when it’s reviewers who are inconvenienced. They’re the lifeblood of
scholarly communication.



Innovation Explorers is actually a feature run by Communispace (a 3
rd

party

we contract to help
us facilitate the community
) so that will always be s
eparate.



Q:
At one point I got weekly or monthly updates on searches or terms I was interested in but
I haven't received those for a long time. Did my information disappear or did you change
something or was it something I did?


If y
ou don’t log in for

several months
, your account will be disabled. Possibly this was the case?
We’ve got someone looking into this for you, but
in the meantime,
here

are

instructions for
how to sign up to alerts
.

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Q:
I

enjoy searching within Science
Direct. My challenge is to remind students that in addition
to the articles, we also have access to e
-
books. What are the ways you are workin
g on to
encourag
e/support discovery of e
-
books?



We agree. We
’re working on several programs

at the moment to encourage the use of e
-
books. E
-
books come up on

ScienceDirect searches
,

and we’re working to expose them better
in federated searches as wel
l

as other library discovery services. In January 2012, we put a
better MARC records service in place, in partnership with OCLC. It allows libraries to make use
of the new MARC records ordering system, based on entitlements, enabling any library to add
t
o their catalogue records for all books they have access to, regardless of when they were
purchased.




Q: Are you going to add more cont
ent to SCOPUS in the fields of Social Sciences and
H
umanities?

Yes, it’s a major focus so the numbers will continue to

grow. Just last this year we’ve added
almost 300 new titles to Scopus (across all areas). This brings the total number of active titles in
Scopus to over 19,500 compared to 12,000 journals covered in Web

of Science
. Scopus has
maintained a broad coverage

in all subject areas with 33% of its titles in Health Sciences, 30% in
Physical Sciences,
21% in Social Sciences (5,900 journals
) and 16% in Life Sciences.

Q: I would like to export search results in excel format


You can “Export Citations” from the se
arch results page


which will give you up to 1000 of the
results of your search, in the following formats:


RIS format (for Reference Manager, ProCite, EndNote)

RefWorks Direct Export

Plain text format

BibTeX format


…but no direct export into Excel form
at at the moment.


Q:
Prepare a brochure (pdf) format to give to faculty that highlights the significant aspects
of Science Direct and any other features that would be especially appealing to faculty in
terms of their research and publishing.

Glad you as
ked
! There are several brochures available (in the “Latest Resources” column)
here
.