Scopus expands Arts and Humanities coverage

Extracts from a Scopus press release:

AMSTERDAM, June 10, 2009 – Elsevier announced today that its flagship product Scopus®, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, has almost doubled its current Arts & 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…

Subjects with the most journals include literature and literary theory (30% of new titles), general arts and humanities (22%), history (17%) and visual/performing arts (16%). More than half (60%) are published from the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region, 38% from the Americas and 2% are from Asia-Pacific…

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, a not-for-profit platform founded by John Hopkins University Press and the Milton S. Eisenhower Library (MSEL) at John Hopkins University.

There is more information on a Scopus A&H web page including an Excel (.xls) file of the new titles and a 4-page factsheet summary of the development.

This expansion in Scopus’ coverage of A&H titles, originally scheduled for April 2009, brings its bibliographic database to a total of 18,000 peer-reviewed journal titles (but please note that much of its data goes back only to 1996).

Niels Weertman, Director Scopus and Scirus added: “To date, there has been a lack of bibliometric data in the Arts and Humanities fields. We are excited to be working with the European Science Foundation as the ERIH journals not only expand the international breadth of Scopus, but also makes it an even more holistic source for scientific research and measurement in Arts and Humanities.”


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