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National Funding Agency For Science And Technology In Portugal Selects Elsevier's Analytical Services To Support Evaluation Of R&D Units

AMSTERDAM, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Data from Scopus ensures up-to-date presentation of researcher IDs in ORCID for five-year review of Portuguese R&D units 

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has announced that it has been selected by the national funding agency for science and technology in Portugal, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), to provide bibliometric analyses that will support its 2013/14 national review assessment of R&D units.

For the first time, FCT's review of R&D units in Portugal will include bibliometric analyses based on data from Elsevier's Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. The analyses, which cover research production, impact and collaboration for the 2008-2012 period, are provided by Elsevier's Analytical Services, part of the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio of tools.

By selecting Scopus as the data source for the assessment, FCT was able to cover the broadest range of researchers based in Portugal and their publication and citation counts from 2008 to 2012. The 2013/14 assessment exercise includes 324 R&D Units and more than 15,000 researchers.

For the custom bibliometric analyses FCT opted for a process whereby all 15,000 researchers were able to update their unique identifier profiles in ORCID, an open, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and output to these identifiers. Thanks to the free Scopus-to-ORCID feedback wizard, created by Elsevier, researchers in Portugal were able to populate and update their ORCID IDs, ensuring that the bibliometric analyses provided to FCT for the assessment of the R&D units are based on current, accurate data.

Miguel Seabra, FCT President, said, "The bibliometric analyses conducted by Elsevier are an important component of the review process, providing very useful insights for the international review panels. Their involvement will thus contribute to the overall aim of this assessment exercise, which is to reinforce the role of research units as a fundamental pillar in building a modern and competitive scientific system."

Laure Haak, Executive Director of ORCID, said, "Researchers were able to use open tools in ORCID to search for their works, link to their ORCID record and at the same time make any needed adjustments to their Scopus author record. This large-scale implementation of ORCID demonstrated system resilience and scalability, and offers clear hope for researchers requesting to enter research information once, and re-use many times across research systems."

"We are delighted to support FCT with their research evaluation activities, not only by providing them with custom bibliometric analyses, but also in our collaborative approach of updating researcher records in ORCID - a step in the process which benefits all parties involved," said M'hamed el Aisati, Director of Content and Analytics at Elsevier. "We look forward to continue working with FCT, providing data and support for their future assessment initiatives."

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