As of January 2014, the EBRP is discontinued.

The program has been replaced by the Elsevier metrics development program.

For more information please visit the EMDP website.


Elsevier Data

The program aims to stimulate and accelerate research. Outcomes will be published in the publicly available, peer reviewed literature. Please see below for specific data available.

Which Elsevier data?

The program covers the following three data sources created and owned by Elsevier:

  • Publication meta-data included in Scopus;
  • Usage data related to documents in ScienceDirect;
  • Full text data from articles in Elsevier journals in ScienceDirect.

In the EBRP 2012 proposal round only Scopus meta data and ScienceDirect usage data shall be available, and no full text article data. In the EBRP 2013 round full text article data samples shall become available too. Data formats have to be discussed between applicants and Elsevier.

Size of requested datasets

The applicants can request for so called intermediary datasets that are extracted from one of the data sources mentioned above. Such datasets should be appropriate to answer the research questions addressed in the proposal. But on the other hand, their size should be limited. It will not be possible to obtain an entire database – or large parts of it.

Intermediary datasets

Intermediary datasets are extracts from the complete XML Scopus Custom Dataset. Extracts can be created (at least) along the following three lines:

  • Reduction of the number of publication records included. As a rule, the number of records shall not exceed 1 per cent of the total number of records in the Scopus custom Dataset;
  • Reduction of the number of data fields provided per publication record; A typical example is a dataset containing for each selected publication only the following data fields: first author, publication year, starting page number, volume number and source title;
  • creation of a dataset with aggregate data. Such datasets will be created at Elsevier within the framework of the EBRP. Typical examples are: a data set containing for each pair of Scopus-covered journal the number of citations from one journal to the other;

Privacy and related rules

The data provided by the program is subjected to privacy rules, and is regulated by agreements Elsevier has made with customer organizations. The program will not provide data on particular sets of individual authors. Whenever data at the level of individual authors is needed in the research (for instance in research on scientific migration) it will be anonymous.

Licence agreement

The applicants of granted proposals must sign a licence agreement of the Elsevier data provided within the framework of the program. The data provided by Elsevier may only be used within the framework of the research described in the granted proposal. The licence agreement does not allow any use of the data for other purposes.

The same dataset for more than one user

Although the Scientific Board will avoid duplication of research in the projects it grants, it cannot be excluded that the same intermediary dataset is delivered to more than one applicant.

What is strategic research?

Strategic research is research of a more fundamental nature that aims to substantially enlarge and deepen theoretical understanding and develop truly novel approaches. Three categories of proposals are not covered by the program and will not be granted.

  • Purely descriptive case studies with no further theoretical implications. A typical example is a study merely aimed to describe trends in publication and citation counts in selected countries and subject fields.
  • Research performance assessment studies; Example: a study merely aimed to produce a ranking of universities in a particular country.
  • Technical database studies, e.g., technical comparisons of databases. Example: A comparison of the journal coverage of specific scientific literature databases.

No commercialization

The program does not aim at developing products or commercialization of outcomes.

Elsevier Scopus Custom Data Manual

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