MOSCOW, October 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Russian Ministry of Education has signed an agreement to include Scopus Custom Data in the development of a national research assessment tool
Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that the Russian Ministry of Education and Science has signed an agreement to include Scopus Custom Data in a nation-wide research assessment tool: Russia's Map of Science.
The project for Russia's Map of Science launched last year as part of governmental initiatives to reform and invest in the country's science and education system. The development of the tool will enable efficient research assessment at the country, institute or individual researcher level. These insights will help determine the current status of Russian research output, predict trends for growth in particular fields of science, and help identify influential national experts and research groups. The tool will run on research data from various national and international sources, including Scopus Custom Data.Sergey Salikhov, PhD, Director of the Department for the Development of Priority Directions of Science and Technology at the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation said, "With Russia's Map of Science we aim to build a tool which allows Russian scientists to create their own researcher profile, view colleague researchers' accounts and check facts and figures on article publications, patents and research funding sources. Currently we are building the infrastructure for the tool, maximizing the content of the database. For this our goal is to combine data from various sources, local as well as international. We are very pleased to have Scopus Custom Data secured for the project." Igor Osipov, PhD, Regional Director for Russia and Belarus at Elsevier said, "The government's initiative to launch Russia's Map of Science will help reinforce growth and development of Russian academic research. We are honored to be able to contribute to the project by providing Scopus Custom Data, and by doing so help optimize nation-wide efforts in the strategic development of Russia's priority areas in science." # # #