Scopus Adds Pre-Print Research Abstracts From Four Prestigious Publishers

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- Database Now Offers Early Access to Research From 3000 Journals

Scopus(R), the world's largest abstract and citation database ofpeer-reviewed literature, today announced that it has added"Articles-in-Press" (AiP), abstracts of accepted research papers publishedprior to being printed, from journals produced by Karger Medical andScientific Publishers, and Nature Publishing Group (NPG). In the fall, AiPsfrom BioMed Central and IEEE will also be available. Scopus( previously offered access to AiPs from Elsevierand Springer that included 2500 titles. This number will now rise toapproximately 3000.

Scopus AiP abstracts are citable and precede the final published, printedversion by up-to-four months, significantly accelerating the knowledgediscovery process for researchers. Researchers will gain access to thefull-text by linking from Scopus to the publishers' digital library. Thisearly access provides greater connectivity to the current state of researchin a range of fields, as well as a more timely method for evaluating theoutput of authors and institutions. Since AiPs are posted online either as anaccepted manuscript or online publication (according to each publisher'srelease policy), they may still be subject to changes and/or corrections bythe author or publisher. Scopus clearly labels AiPs as such so researchersare aware that an updated abstract will be made available once the papers arein print.

"Pre-print articles are extremely helpful in my work as a practitioner,"comments Mark Levy, Senior Clinical Research Fellow for the Allergy &Respiratory Research Group at the University of Edinburgh. "I need to be sureI have access to the latest research that is relevant to my patients' needsand treatment plans."

"Gaining access to the research pipeline can have an enormous impact,"explains Niels Weertman, Director Scopus and Scirus. "It can open the doorfor researchers to new ideas and collaboration partners, speeding theadvancement of science and in the medical community it can quite literally bea matter of life and death."

About Scopus

Covering the world's research literature, Scopus is the largest abstractand citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sourceswith smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus wasdesigned and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally.Its unique database contains abstracts and references from over 15,000peer-reviewed journals from 4,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broadinterdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers userscitation information about the articles covered, but also directly integratesWeb and patent searches. Direct links to full-text articles, libraryresources and other applications like reference management software, makeScopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any otherliterature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical andmedical information products and services. Working in partnership with theglobal science and health communities, Elsevier's 7,000 employees in over 70offices worldwide publish more than 2,000 journals and 1,900 new books peryear, in addition to offering a suite of innovative electronic products, suchas ScienceDirect (, MD Consult(, Scopus (,bibliographic databases, and online reference works.

Elsevier ( is a global business headquartered inAmsterdam, The Netherlands and has offices worldwide. Elsevier is part ofReed Elsevier Group plc (, a world-leadingpublisher and information provider. Operating in the science and medical,leg

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