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Scopus – Elsevier’s full-text-linking abstract and indexing (A&I) database – has been released to select libraries for final testing and user trials. Full commercial release is expected to follow in Q4 2004. Conceived in response to librarian and user requirements, Scopus is the result of Elsevier’s two-year collaboration with librarians and researchers at over 20 of the world’s foremost institutions.
Throughout the development phase, librarians and researchers were unanimous in their requests for a comprehensive resource to eliminate duplication of content, and provide seamless access to full text. At the heart of Scopus is the biggest A&I database of scientific literature ever assembled, covering titles from over 4,000 STM publishers. To ensure nothing is missed, Scopus simultaneously searches the scientific Web using the science-only Internet search engine, Scirus. Results are listed almost instantaneously, then users can seamlessly link to the full text in one click.
Elsevier describes Scopus as having “a sixth sense for knowing how its users think – developed by modelling testers’ cognitive patterns”. According to Jaco Zijlstra, Director of Scopus:
We recorded every detail of testers’ reactions when using Scopus. Now, users can find their way immediately. With Scopus users can expect the unexpected – helping to find results they didn’t even know they wanted.
But Scopus is as much a service as it is a product. Industry-leading levels of reliability and powerful delivery will be coupled with local customer support, customer-specific usage reports that will be COUNTER compliant, as well as on- and off-site training, to provide a complete package for librarians and end-users.