Elsevier, the world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, successfully launches Scopus after extensive user-testing and input from library development partners; launch celebrations take place in New York, London and Tokyo.
Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at University of Manchester publish their first paper on isolating graphene flakes. Students and postdocs from around the world flood to Manchester to take a look at the process for themselves. The team later wins the 2010 Nobel Prize for Physics for their work.
Scopus wins the International Information Industry Award for Best Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) Information Product.
The Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board, an independent and international committee, is formed to guide the content selection and future direction of Scopus – this is the first time an abstracting & indexing database has created an external committee for this purpose.
Via Scirus, Scopus integrates patents from the largest international patent offices including the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the European Patent Office (EPO), the Japanese Patent Office (JPO) and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
Scopus integrates with RefWorks so that researcher can go straight from results on Scopus to storing them in RefWorks or, while in RefWorks, initiate a search in Scopus. Today, Scopus is interoperable with all the major reference management tools.
Soft tissue is recovered from the thighbone of a 70 million year old T-Rex discovered in Montana. It is thought that the dinosaur’s iron-rich blood helped to preserve the soft tissue for an unusually long amount of time. As of yet, the find has not been used to create a real-life Jurassic Park.
Scopus releases the Author Identifier to automatically distinguish between authors with the same name and match variations of author names; Scopus is the first to “disambiguate” author names over such a comprehensive body of data.
The Citation Tracker is released to offer researchers at-a-glance intelligence about the influence of a set of articles, an author or group of authors over time.
Integration with the Elsevier Editorial System, Elsevier’s online submission and peer-review system, provides editors and reviewers with direct access to Scopus enabling them to instantly locate an author’s related articles and references as well as track citations.
Grigori Perelman is awarded the Fields Medal for his work to prove the Poincaré Conjecture, using the type of complicated mathematics that would take up too much room on this timeline to reproduce. He declines the award, as well as the 2010 Millennium Prize (and its $1,000,000 prize money) as he feels that it doesn’t adequately recognize the contribution of his colleagues.
Scopus launches the Affiliation Identifier that uses a combination of algorithms and a comprehensive knowledge base to enable the collation of data for research performance measurement at the institutional level – and is what today enables Elsevier Research Intelligence.
The Scopus APIs are made publically available (complementary for subscribing customers) allowing Scopus data to be used by developers and displayed in institutional repositories, current research information systems and on websites.
Elsevier launches Research Trends to provide insight into the state of science through articles based on bibliometric data; the data is analyzed and interpreted by a team of internal and external experts in the field of bibliometrics. Check out the latest issue on altmetrics.
The QS Top Universities chooses Scopus custom data as the data provider for its Top Universities ranking due to the broad international coverage and non-English content indexed in Scopus.
Scopus starts to index Articles-in-Press – today these articles come from more than 3,800 journals.
Researchers use single-nucleotide polymorphisms to establish a link between diseases and genes. Studies find that gene variants hint at a predisposition for a wide spectrum of diseases, including diabetes, Crohn’s, breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. As with many scientific discoveries, the ethical concerns of this research will be discussed for many years.
Scopus launches the Journal Analyzer to allow users to easily evaluate and compare journals using article and citation data; today the tool allows for additional analysis using journal metrics SNIP, Source-normalized Impact per Paper, and SJR, the SCImago Journal Rank.
After seven months in space, the Phoenix lander arrives on Mars, and soon after, discovers the first traces of ice. The ice, found in a ditch christened ‘The Dodo-Goldilocks Trench’, sublimates four days later, proving it to be water ice and leading to a huge amount of excitement at NASA. The find is heralded as another step towards discovering whether life on Mars exists.
Scopus starts phase one of its Arts & Humanities expansion to further increase the number of titles in the database; project MUSE and the initial ERIH list are used to identify additional relevant titles that could be reviewed via the Scopus Title Evaluation Process (STEP).
Scopus is added to Research4Life, three public-private partnerships that offer health, agriculture and environmental research for free or at very low cost to developing countries; this will allow scientists in developing countries to discover what is being published in their area of interest.
Scopus is chosen as the sole provider of bibliometric data by the Australian Research Council for its Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative (2010).
The Author Evaluator tool is introduced to allow researchers to analyze the publishing output of an author or a group of matched authors using the h-index, documents and citations.
Scientists announce the discovery of a skeleton of our oldest human ancestor. Ardi was first unearthed in Ethiopia in 1994 and is thought to be some 4.4 million years old. The research uncovers a previously unknown stage of evolution, as well as debunking the notion of the ‘Missing Link’.
Scientists build a synthetic genome from scratch and use it to control a cell. J. Craig Venter leads a team of over 20 people for more than a decade before confirming the find. The work leads to much discussion about the pros and cons of designer genomes and even triggers its own Congressional hearing around Synthetic Biology.
Scopus completes phase two of the Arts & Humanities expansion; the revised ERIH list, the Social Science Citation Index, the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, the title lists of the Evaluation Agency for Research and Evaluation, France (AERES), and the Humanities journal indexes Cairns and Francis are identify additional relevant titles that could be reviewed via the Scopus Title Evaluation Process.
Scopus launches the Author Feedback Wizard to allow researchers to provide direct feedback and make corrections to their author profiles; to date hundreds of thousands of researchers have used the tool.
Scopus is selected by the European Research Council to assist in the tracking and awarding of funding opportunities for researchers throughout the world.
Researchers announce ‘The Beginning of the End of AIDS’ as a result of clinical trial HPTN 052. The research shows that anti retroviral drugs reduce the risk of heterosexual transmission of HIV by a staggering 96%. The hope is that this treatment as prevention continues to evolve and brings an end to the AIDS epidemics that have blighted countries across the world.
Scopus integrates with the Universal Discovery Systems including EBSCOHost, Primo and Summon.
Scopus (and Elsevier) partner with ISTIC, the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China, to launch the ISTIC-Elsevier Journal Assessment Research Center; the research center will focus on identifying research topics of interest to both Elsevier and ISTIC, such as article level bibliometric analyses for measuring journal quality and research performance of individuals and institutions
The boson is finally uncovered using CERN’s $5 billion Large Hadron Collider. More than 6,000 people from 100 nations have a hand in the project, with the results recognized on a worldwide scale. News of the ‘God particle’ (although the scientists dislike this nickname) even garner a celebratory tweet from Mr Black Eyed Peas himself, will.i.am.
Science names cancer immunotherapy treatment its ‘Breakthrough of the Year’, despite the research being at a relatively early stage. Cancer immunotherapy harnesses the power of the body’s immune system to fight cancer, rather than focusing solely on targeting tumours. Scientists are naturally wary of announcing a false dawn but it’s another hugely positive breakthrough in the ongoing fight against cancer.
After a decade of making research easier for users across the globe, Scopus celebrates its 10th anniversary. The world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, the Scopus database contains 54 million records with entries going back as far as 1823. Here’s to another 10 years of helping researchers go beyond search into discovery, analysis and success.
The past 10 years have seen some of the most progressive and momentous scientific developments in human history, but this is only the beginning. For an insight into what the next 10 years may bring watch our interviews with key Elsevier thought leaders.