Scopus, an abstract and references database of research information and quality web sources, has signed strategic content deals with a string of publishers and societies including Springer, the Nature Publishing Group, the American Physical Society, and the American Institute of Physics. The decision to add more abstracts dating back to volume 1, issue 1 to all Scopus users at no extra charge, is based on feedback received through end user research programs and the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board. As a result, Scopus will focus on adding abstracts in subject areas such as Physics, Chemistry, and Social Sciences.
All publishers that signed the agreement have digitized their full text content back to volume 1, issue 1. These agreements mark the start of a program to add 7 million records from these publishers in addition to Elsevier to complement and enrich the existing, 15 million pre-1996 records. As with all content added to Scopus, these backfiles will be included in the subscription price of Scopus. They will be made available to all existing customers on a continuous basis as they are loaded into Scopus starting in 2007.
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