Elsevier launches SciTopics, expert-generated web resource for
25 January 2009
Elsevier has launched SciTopics, a free online expert-generated
knowledge sharing service for the research community to quickly offer
scientific, technical and medical knowledge on a variety of subjects.
Designed as a perfect starting point for scientific research, the
website integrates a content publishing platform with search
functionalities and community features. SciTopics guarantees high
scientific standards by incorporating a very strict editorial policy,
safeguarded by subject specific editors.
The service includes a continually growing number of pages with over
650 SciTopics pages, from more than 800 scientists.
The site creates a starting point for researchers to gain an
introductory overview of a particular scientific topic and serves as a
collaboration resource where users can share their views and engage in
discussions with other SciTopics members.
SciTopics allows scientists to easily identify relevant players,
journals, websites and science news services in the field. Thereby
offering a channel for researchers to identify potential collaboration
partners and help journal editors find suitable authors and reviewers
for their publications.
Using keywords selected by the SciTopics page author, Elsevier
provides links to the most recent and most cited published articles on
the subject through Scopus (www.info.scopus.com
), the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed
Keywords are also used to identify links to relevant Web results and
news through Scirus (www.scirus.com),
Elsevier's science-specific search engine. These external links, updated
each time the page is viewed, allow for more in-depth coverage of the
subject reflecting the most current information. SciTopics page authors
also offer a list of references and suggested Web resources.
"The speed of sharing information that has been made possible by the
Internet has opened up a new fast-paced content channel, however, it has
created a sense of data overload as well as significant concerns over
quality and accuracy," commented Dr. Garry Corthals, SciTopics Subject
Editor, Biochemistry & Genetics. "SciTopics will leverage the
instantaneous and interactive nature of the Web, while narrowing the
scope of content and offering the peace of mind that comes with
authoritative and moderated material."
SciTopics pages include a link to the author's profile page including
affiliation, research interests, a list of publications and contact
details. Authors are invited by a SciTopics Subject Editor or Elsevier
Journal Editor to write a summary on a scientific topic of their choice.
Additionally, those interested in creating a SciTopics page may submit a
suggested topic via the site.
"While inclusion in a traditional peer-reviewed journal is still
regarded as the ultimate signal of scientific integrity, in addition,
authors are also interested looking for faster, more informal, dynamic
and interactive ways to share their knowledge and highlight their
research," said Michiel van der Heyden, Head of Product Management,
Academic & Government Product Group, Elsevier. "We are excited to
introduce SciTopics as a free solution to help researchers, authors and
editors locate information quickly and collaborate with other members of
the scientific community."
SciTopics (http://www.scitopics.com) is a free expert-generated
knowledge-sharing service for the scientific community. Developed to
serve as an information and collaboration service for researchers,
SciTopics offers authors a dynamic, quick, informal yet authoritative
online publication platform.
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