scirus partnership

About Scirus (promotional material as provided by the search partner)

Scirus is the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the Internet. Driven by the latest search engine technology, Scirus searches over 300 million science-specific Web pages, enabling users to quickly:

Pinpoint scientific, scholarly, technical and medical data on the Web.

Find the latest reports, peer-reviewed articles, patents, pre prints and journals that other search engines miss.

Offer unique functionalities designed for scientists and researchers.


Scirus has proved so successful at locating science-specific results on the Web that the Search Engine Watch Awards voted Scirus 'Best Specialty Search Engine' in 2001 and 2002 and in 2004, 2005 and 2006 Scirus was awarded the 'Best Directory or Search Engine Website' WebAward from the Web Marketing Association.

Scirus joined the CrossRef Webservices partnership in October 2006.

For more information please visit http://www.scirus.com/srsapp/aboutus/

Benefits of full text indexing of articles by Scirus

The benefits for publishers if they allow Scirus to index the full text of their articles are threefold:

1. Better ranking of publisher's content

2. More hits from publishers being returned

3. Better user experience

Indexing the full text document results in better (higher) ranking of the publisher's content, as the Scirus ranking algorithm takes into account the position and frequency in which the search term is found in the document.

More results in quantity and relevancy will be found for a user's query when the full text is indexed. If only metadata is indexed and a user’s search terms are only present in the abstract or full text of a specific publisher’s article, but not in the metadata, no results will be returned from the article which may in fact contain very relevant information for the user.

An additional benefit is that the results on scirus.com will appear more complete as they will contain a teaser showing the context of the query term found in the document. This makes it easier for users to determine which results are most relevant to them.

Of course publishers will retain full control of the full text access to their content. The indexing of the full text will result in better visibility and thus higher traffic to publisher's full text platforms.


Publishers interested in having their full text indexed by Scirus should download this agreement.

Note that clause 4 of this agreement differs slightly from CrossRef recommended search partner term #4, which reads

4. In case of multiple versions of the same content items being grouped within one result provided to a user, the Provider's full
text, if indexed, shall be the primary version linked to in the search results set. If multiple versions of a work are indexed, the
Search Partner shall select the full and authoritative text from Provider as the primary version and identify it as the final
"published version".

For more information, please visit www.scirus.com or contact Saskia van Acker at s.acker@elsevier.com

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