Monday, February 13, 2006

Update on Scopus

A new update from David Goodman and Louise Deis on Charleston Advisor

"We now amend our statement: the true state of affairs is even worse than we imagined. All publishers of journals or databases make errors or leave gaps, but responsible publishers correct at least those called to their attention--especially those called to their attention in public. What will get Elsevier to fill in gaps and produce a complete product? Apparently nothing--while there are libraries who will buy it knowing that 10% percent of the titles are incomplete, Scopus does not even try for a more complete product. This is not the attitude of a responsible publisher."

This is a tough one for me to swallow. I do sincerely hope that my Scopus colleagues start a conversation and explain the situation to Goodman and Reis and the market.

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