Elsevier Launch New ICSR Lab

Elsevier has launched its new International Center for the Study of Research (ICSR) Lab. It is a cloud-based computational platform which provides researchers a new way to analyze large structured datasets for free.

The ICSR aims to encourage the examination of research using arrays of metrics and qualitative and quantitative methods. The ICSR Lab has extensive datasets, including those that power Elsevier solutions such as Scopus and PlumX. It is available at no cost to users for scholarly research.

Full publication metadata from Scopus:

  • Publication metadata, including each publication’s authors and affiliations, language information, title, open access status, DOI, ASJC subject codes and more.
  • Author names and profiles, including affiliation details and ORCID.
  • Ability to conduct studies of author gender, following the methodology used in Elsevier’s Gender Report 2020.
  • Institution profiles, including name variants.

PlumX Metrics, broken down into separate categories and sources:

  • Citations encompassing traditional citations as well as for example clinical citation counts.
  • Captures, such as Forks and Followers on GitHub or readers on Mendeley and SSRN.
  • Mentions including blog mentions, comments on various platforms and Wikipedia references.
  • Social media including Twitter and Facebook interactions.

Accessing the ICSR Lab

Researchers can gain access by submitting a short proposal. The application process checks that the proposed research is in line with the ICSR research themes and assesses whether the plan is feasible given the ICSR Lab’s capabilities and the researcher’s expertise.

Find out more about the ICSR Lab.

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