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Keeping abreast of thought leaders – A Scopus API application

February 4, 2010

For those interested in use of APIs, here’s an example of Hong Kong University using the Scopus API to monitor researchers’ publications and citations.  This can easily be shifted to monitoring certain KOLs as business dictates…

Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has selected its Scopus search Application Programming Interface (API) technology to continuously update its institutional repository and expert profiling system with information on where and how often researchers are being cited…. HKU is the first institution to show Scopus h-index, and counts of citations, documents, and co-authors for each current HKU author across the institution, in its local institutional repository, The HKU Scholars Hub (The Hub). These details are shown on The Hub ResearcherPages, an expert profiling system which showcases the research of each current HKU author. HKU uses the Scopus API to build these pages, and update them in real time.

Full press release here.

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  1. John Chu permalink
    February 10, 2010 11:27 pm

    Hi Alex,

    Thank you for this interesting case study of SCOPUS use.

    Your suggestion about tracking thought leaders is certainly very intriguing. However, I do wonder why HKU does not seem to be using (I could not really tell from the PR Newswire announcement) that the other core strength of SCOPUS beyond published literature citations, i.e. patents.

    Going perhaps beyond thought leaders tracking and focusing more into on the competitors via monitoring their top research scientists, a combination covering BOTH literature citations and patents would be a logical approach. Authors and patent assignees/inventors are all the same names (in most cases) for a ground breaking or innovative research idea (IMO). In fact, SCOPUS may even allow for threading/mapping of the same idea from patents to published literature.



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