European Research Council Selects Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus Database

By Elsevier, PRNE
Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Funding Body Will Use Publications and Citations Data to Track Success of Funded Projects

AMSTERDAM, January 20, 2011 - Elsevier's SciVerse Scopus (
database was selected by the European Research Council (ERC) to assist in the
tracking and awarding of funding opportunities for researchers throughout the
world. The ERC, the European funding body managing the 'Ideas Programme of
the European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme, chose SciVerse Scopus
because it represents the largest abstract and indexing database of peer
reviewed literature in the world, and is the only database that contains data
related to arts and humanities literature.

Over the next four years, ERC consultants will use the data provided by
SciVerse Scopus in combination with a research information system, to track
the success of the projects funded by the ERC in terms of publications and
citations. Information provided by SciVerse Scopus will also help the ERC to
fund research based on scientific excellence and, in the long term, to
substantially strengthen and shape the European research system.

"The ERC is a departure from conventional methods for implementing EU
research programmes," said Mr. Dr. Alexis-Michel Mugabushaka, Policy Analyst
for the European Research Council. "To ensure that the ERC's structures and
mechanisms are appropriate and effective, an independent high level Panel has
carried out a review, with the full involvement of the ERC's Scientific
Council. SciVerse Scopus data will help us to be both comprehensive and
data-driven in our review."

"The European Research Council is looking to support new ideas and
creative researchers," said Martin O'Malley, Managing Director Science &
Technology Sales at Elsevier. "To realize this, both the feasibility of
researchers' visions before the funding process and the magnitude of their
impact after funding must be assessed. We are proud to be selected by the ERC
to help achieve the support of scientific ideas."

About the European Research Council

Set up in 2007 by the EU, the European Research Council (ERC)
( is the first pan-European funding organisation for
frontier research. It aims to stimulate scientific excellence in Europe by
supporting the very best, creative researchers of any nationality and age.
The ERC also strives to attract top researchers from anywhere in the world to
come to Europe. It funds both senior research leaders ("ERC Advanced Grants")
and younger, early-career top researchers ("ERC Starting Grants"). The ERC
operates according to an "investigator-driven", or "bottom-up", approach and
is open to any field of research. The ERC, the newest, pioneering component
of the EU's Seventh Research Framework Programme, has a total budget of EUR
7.5 billion
from 2007 to 2013. It is led by a Scientific Council, composed of
22 top scientists and scholars.

About SciVerse Scopus

Covering the world's research literature, SciVerse Scopus ( is the largest abstract and citation database
of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources with smart tools to track
analyze and visualize research. SciVerse Scopus was designed and developed
with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database
contains abstracts and references from nearly 18,000 peer-reviewed journals
from 5,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage.
In addition, SciVerse Scopus not only offers users citation information about
the articles covered, but also directly integrates Web and patent searches.
Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications
like reference management software, make SciVerse Scopus quicker, easier and
more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and
medical information products and services. The company works in partnership
with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000
journals, including The Lancet ( and Cell
(, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major
reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include
SciVerse ScienceDirect (, SciVerse Scopus
(, Reaxys (, MD Consult
( and Nursing Consult (, which enhance the productivity of science
and health professionals, and the SciVal suite ( and
MEDai's Pinpoint Review (, which help research and
health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier ( employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part
of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (, a world-leading
publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier
PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam),
REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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