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Scopus Expands European Arts & Humanities Coverage

Elsevier (www.elsevier.com) announced that its flagship product Scopus (www.info.scopus.com), the abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, has almost doubled its current Arts and Humanities (A&H) titles to 3,500 by adding top global journals using the European Science Foundation's European Reference Index for Humanities (ERIH). This marks the first time that many of the ERIH titles will be available through a global citation database at no additional cost.

Founded in 2001 by the European Science Foundation (www.esf.org), ERIH provides scholars, libraries, and other institutions with lists of high-quality A&H journals to raise awareness of the titles as a resource for content and an avenue for publishing original research. Journals are included in the ERIH lists and categorized based on audience, distribution, and reach, as well as influence and scope by expert scholarly panels from around the world. Scopus users can now search and access top-level A&H journal titles from all three categories included on the initial ERIH lists.

Like the existing titles in Scopus, the new journals contain cited references that make previously unavailable bibliometrics data accessible. This information is designed to help A&H scholars more efficiently assess and measure research sources and output, as well as illustrate the broader influence of journal articles published. In addition, Scopus allows tracking of citations belonging to scholarly books via the unique MORE tab.

Several prestigious and highly cited titles are now included in Scopus such as Mind (Oxford University Press), Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (Cambridge University Press), and Modern Philology (University of Chicago Press).

In order to acquire back content of many journals, Scopus partnered with Project MUSE (http://muse.jhu.edu), a not-for-profit platform founded by The Johns Hopkins University Press and The Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSEL) at Johns Hopkins University.

Source: Elsevier



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