Elsevier Announces Winners of SciVal Award Brazil 2012

Oct 19, 2012, 04:56 ET from Elsevier

AMSTERDAM, October 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

Ten Brazilian research institutions receive Excellence in Research Output Award

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical, and medical information products and services, in partnership with the Federal Coordination of Improvement of Personnel in Higher Education (Capes / MEC), today announced the winners of the second edition of SciVal Award Brazil 2012, honoring higher education and research institutions for their contribution to the scientific development of the country.

According to Scopus data, Brazil holds the 13th position globally in research output per country. The award honors Brazilian education and research institutions that stand out for their excellence in research performance.  The ten winners were selected according to research performance indicators drawn from Elsevier´s tool SciVal Spotlight, such as collaboration with Brazilian and foreign institutions and citations per document.

Institutions receiving awards in 2012 are:

Universidade Federal de São Paulo. Category*:  Research output by faculty
Universidade Federal de Goiás. Category:  Research Output Growth.
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.  Category:  International Collaboration (Universities only)
Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas.  Category: International Collaboration (research institutes and others)
Universidade Federal de Pelotas. Category: National collaboration (Universities only)
Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária. Category : National collaboration (research institutes and others)
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul. Category: Citations per document (Universities only)
Instituto do Coração do Hospital das Clínicas and Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein. Category:   Citations per document* (research institutes and others)
Universidade de São Paulo, Universidade Federal de São Paulo and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Category: Research Output (Review Articles only)

*All categories, or indicators, refer to scientific and conference articles, published between 2007 and 2011.  Previous year's winning institutions were excluded from consideration.    

Representatives from the winning institutions will receive the award ceremony on October 18, in Brasília, Brazil.

The SciVal Award also takes place in other countries, as a way of honoring representatives of several scientific communities. Phile Govaert, Managing Director Sales & Marketing Europe + Latin America, said, "At Elsevier, our goal is to enable researchers to do what they do best: make new discoveries.  To help them do this, we strive to deliver the right information to them at the right time in the right context.  "Initiatives like the SciVal Award help motivate the scientific community to drive the discovery process which ultimately results in exciting new innovations."

About Capes Portal

The Journals Portal from Capes is a virtual library that signs and provides to professors, researchers, staff and students of the participating institutions, scientific knowledge of high quality, signed with publishers and international scientific societies. There are 30.000 titles full-text, 130 bibliografic databases, 10 exclusive databases for patents, more than 150 thousand books with science and culture contend of the XVIII century, standards, encyclopedias, statistics and audiovisual content.   The Portal also offers selected free content, such as open access databases, Brazilian journals highly ranked in the program Qualis-Capes, as well as theses and dissertations abstracts defended in the country since 1987. It can be accessed at: http://www.periodicos.capes.gov.br/

Capes is a public foundation under the Ministry of Education, responsible for the system of post-graduate studies stricto sensu (master and doctorate) in Brazil. Capes is a funding, evaluation and regulation agency and establishes criteria for the Higher education and research institutions towards a standard of excellence. It also supports the development of teachers for the elementary and high school. The policies of the agency are determined after a long and extensive research around the academic world through collegiate organization and evaluation committees, indicated by graduate programs and scientific associations.

About the Elsevier SciVal® suite

Elsevier's SciVal suite of services supports academic and government leadership in evaluating, establishing and executing research strategies that optimize the performance of existing assets and maximize investments to enhance near and long-term productivity. SciVal tools leverage Scopus® data, Elsevier's trusted source of bibliometric data, to offer innovative yet authoritative solutions. Current suite offerings include: SciVal Spotlight™, a strategic tool that generates unique institutional and country maps of existing and emerging research strengths based on an interdisciplinary perspective of current performance; SciVal Funding™, an online solution that provides targeted recommendations on grants to pursue based on pre-populated research profiles and historical awards; SciVal Strata™, a web-based research performance tool that offers users the flexibility to construct relevant contextual data to evaluate research teams or individual researchers, using a range of indicators based on Scopus data; SciVal Experts, a semantic technology-based application that enables researchers to identify and locate sources of expertise at an individual or departmental level within and across institutions.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Mosby's Nursing Suite, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

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