A very complimentary review by –J. N. Jeffryes, University of Minnesota
“Scopus’s nearest competitor is Web of Sciencehttp://thomsonreuters.com/thomson-reuters-web-of-science/(CH, Jan’11, 48-2436), and the two tools remain somewhat complementary. For post-1996 information, Scopus comes off as the more impressive of the two with its advanced citation analysis visualizations, wider inclusion of conference papers, and adoption of alternative impact metrics. Because the citation counts and h index calculations go back only to 1996, Web of Science has the historical edge. In the areas of interface design and record readability, Scopus is the stronger tool. It provides an intuitive search format to explore an impressively broad base of research; if the depth of coverage were expanded (or as 1996 becomes more distant), this tool would become even more valuable. Even as it is today, it is a very valuable resource for academic and professional libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above”
The complete review is here: http://www.cro3.org/content/52/05/52-2504.full
Elsevier is now offering an automatic, free service to authors: By publishing in an Elsevier journal, the author will be notified, when his/her article has been cited when the citing articles have been indexed in Scopus. (Self-citations are not included.)
A broader, similar service is been available to all Scopus subscribers, of which Princeton is one. On every page that displays an article’s bibliographic data and abstract, there is a link at the right that allows for subscribing to a citation alert.
Notice came via Knowledgespeak Newsletter, Jan. 30, 2009.
Abstracting and indexing database Scopus, part of STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that it has added ‘Articles-in-Press’ (AiP), abstracts of accepted research papers published prior to being printed, from journals produced by Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers, and Nature Publishing Group (NPG). Later this year, AiPs from BioMed Central and IEEE will also be available. Scopus previously offered access to AiPs from Elsevier and Springer that included 2500 titles. This number will now rise to about 3000.
Scopus AiP abstracts are citable and precede the final published, printed version by up-to-four months, significantly accelerating the knowledge discovery process for researchers. Researchers will gain access to the full-text by linking from Scopus to the publishers’ digital library. This early access provides greater connectivity to the current state of research in a range of fields, as well as a more timely method for evaluating the output of authors and institutions.
Since AiPs are posted online either as an accepted manuscript or online publication (according to each publisher’s release policy), they may still be subject to changes and/or corrections by the author or publisher. Scopus clearly labels AiPs as such so researchers are aware that an updated abstract will be made available once the papers are in print."