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Elsevier Introduces Expert Discovery Application for SciVerse Hub

AMSTERDAM, February 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Application Enables Collaboration by Connecting SciVerse Hub to DIRECT2Experts Network

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announces the launch of an expert identification and discovery application that connects SciVerse Hub, a platform for search, analysis and research synthesis, with the DIRECT2Experts online network of scientific researchers.

The Direct2Experts Expert Discovery Application enables researchers to find potential collaborators who conduct related research within a variety of expertise areas while they search for abstracts and full-text articles from multiple sources directly within SciVerse Hub, resulting in workflow enhancement.  

"We created the expert discovery application for SciVerse Hub to link researchers to potential collaboration partners from institutions that participate in the DIRECT2Experts network," said Ying Ding, Assistant Professor of Information Science, Indiana University, U.S. "Researchers can use the search flexibility for expertise discovery as well as to obtain information on each expert and institution."

Many of the institutions in the DIRECT2Experts network use SciVal Experts, Elsevier's expertise profiling and research networking tool that is pre-populated with publication histories from the SciVerse Scopus database. The new expert discovery application helps users make connections between the wide range of scientific data in SciVerse Hub and researchers at particular institutions that use SciVal Experts and other research networking tools, including VIVO, Harvard's Profiles Research Networking Software, Stanford Community Academic Profiles and the University of Iowa's Loki.

"The expert discovery application in SciVerse Hub enables researchers to easily find and connect with experts to facilitate partnerships and collaboration within the research community," said Rafael Sidi, Vice President, Application Marketplace and Developer Network at Elsevier. "We look forward to continued opportunities to develop collaboration tools, in partnership with research institutions that will improve research outcomes."

DIRECT2Experts is a pilot project facilitated by the Research Networking Group of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA), a consortium led by the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Center for Research Resources.

About the Elsevier SciVal Suite

Elsevier's SciVal® suite of services supports academic and government leadership in evaluating, establishing and executing research strategies that optimize the performance of existing assets and maximize investments to enhance near and long-term productivity. SciVal tools leverage Scopus® data, Elsevier's trusted source of bibliometric data, to offer innovative yet authoritative solutions. Current suite offerings include: SciVal Spotlight, a strategic tool that generates unique institutional and country maps of existing and emerging research strengths based on an interdisciplinary perspective of current performance; SciVal Funding, an online solution that provides targeted recommendations on grants to pursue based on pre-populated research profiles and historical awards; SciVal Strata, a web-based research performance tool that offers users the flexibility to construct relevant contextual data to evaluate research teams or individual researchers, using a range of indicators based on Scopus data; SciVal Experts, a semantic technology-based application that enables researchers to identify and locate sources of expertise at an individual or departmental level within and across institutions.

About the Elsevier SciVerse Suite

The SciVerse® suite of search and discovery offerings provides the global research community access to a constantly expanding universe of content and solutions which can now be accessed in one platform. The suite currently includes SciVerse ScienceDirect®, the world's largest source of peer-reviewed content containing more than 10 million articles, and SciVerse Scopus®, an abstract and citation database containing 41 million records, 70% with abstracts and nearly 19,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide. The platform also includes SciVerse Hub which enables researchers to perform a single search across all of the major peer-reviewed publishers as well as targeted web content with results ranked by relevancy and without duplication. Applications and Developer Network allow the scientific community to build, find and use applications that enhance the SciVerse research experience.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider 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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