Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected Scopus bibliometric data, and LexisNexis patent data as primary source to support its biennial Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) report. The NSF’s National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) will use Elsevier’s data in support of the next SEI report which will be released in 2016.

The NSF’s NCSES completed a competitive evaluation under an open bid process and chose Elsevier as the primary data provider for their 2016 report; Elsevier is providing the Scopus bibliometric database and LexisNexis patent data for Science and Engineering Indicators and other analytical uses. 

Nick Fowler, Elsevier’s Managing Director Research Management, said, “This agreement is further testament to the quality and depth of Elsevier’s data and metrics. We are confident our data will be a useful and objective input to the SEI report and U.S. science more broadly. We are pleased to play a role in helping governments, funding bodies and universities around the globe to understand research performance.”

The SEI report provides a broad base of quantitative information about U.S. science, engineering, and technology. It is widely acknowledged to be the definitive source of information on macro trends in U.S. research funding, output, and performance. American universities and colleges use data from the SEI report for their strategic planning and performance benchmarking of national and institutional comparators. Although the SEI report is policy neutral and does not make policy recommendations, many policymakers rely on the report to support discussions on science and research funding.