Following an agreement between Ex Libris (suppliers of Voyager, Metalib, SFX etc) and Elsevier (providers of ScienceDirect, Scopus and SciVerse) users of ScienceDirect and Scopus will now see the bx Recommender service along with the articles they find themselves. Bx gives suggestions for further reading, generated by researchers’ usage data, in a similar way to that which is commonly found on sites such as Amazon.
Bx is already available on the elibrary, and is proving very useful in presenting users with highly relevant material beyond what they find through their own searches. The article recommendations are based on an analysis of hundreds of millions of usage logs contributed by worldwide users of the SFX ejournals link resolver system.
Adding bx to ScienceDirect and Scopus will bring added value to these systems too. Bx allows users to find scholarly articles by tapping into the collective wisdom of researchers across the globe.