STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced that the Japan Science and Technology (JST) agency has selected Scopus Custom Data (SCD), the primary source of Scopus.com, to conduct citation linkage analysis between scientific articles and patents. Scopus Custom Data was selected for its wider coverage and clear relations between authors and their affiliations. JST provides research support to many organisations from industry and academia.
Scopus Custom Data provides research agencies, institutions and government bodies with customised datasets in XML format for large-scale research performance analysis. Scopus Custom Data extracts Scopus core records in accordance to each customer’s individual specifications, such as date range, subject categories and geographic location. The XML data can then be loaded by customers into their proprietary in-house systems, making it possible for them to run their specific search queries and execute their own analytical techniques; providing the analyst with the freedom to formulate their own reports. It empowers them to make well-informed, unbiased resource allocation and policy making decisions.
Attention is being placed on citations in patents as a new index to measure the influence of scientific articles. JST used Scopus data for its analysis on the return on investment of science and technology policies. The use of SCD for this type of measurement is seen to be increasingly becoming the standard among different institutions. Earlier this month, Forschungszentrum Jülich, one of the largest research centers in Europe, selected SCD to calculate global reference values at subject and country levels.
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