Scopus Database Trial Decision Reached - Access to Scopus ends December 31, 2010
The UC Libraries have completed a two-year trial and extensive assessment of Scopus, a large interdisciplinary abstract and citation database of research literature and selected web sites developed by the publisher Elsevier. The trial period ends on December 31, 2010.
After extensive review, evaluation, comparison with competitors, and discussion, the UC Libraries have decided not to acquire Scopus as a UC systemwide purchase for 2011. Factors that led to this decision include existing widespread usage of comparable, high-quality databases; high ongoing license costs, without perpetual rights to the data; severe collection budget constraints, including cancellation of some important journal subscriptions; and relatively low usage throughout the trial period.
The UC Libraries recognize that there are good features in Scopus, have valued the opportunity to explore the database in depth, and will continue to monitor its development. However, other high quality resources are available to meet the needs of library users as well as those constituencies within the University engaged in research analysis and assessment.
For more information, contact your local UC campus library.
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