Scopus is a comprehensive database for scientific, technical, and medical information, covering more than 19,000 publications from over 5,000 publishers, and with records going back to the 1960s. It provides searching capability, linking to full-text sources, cited references, saved search, and alerting features.
A variety of citation data and analytical reports are available through Scopus, but remember:
The boxes on this page show you how to use Scopus to:
Do a search:
For a single document:
For a group of documents:
Do an author search:
Select the author's name:
View citation information:
You can find and analyze the published work of a particular organization, institution, or unit of an institution. Scopus matches various forms of the authors’ institutional affiliations and groups together all that it identifies as representing the same organization or unit. For example, it would assign “Dept. of Psychology” and “Psychology Department” at the “University of Pittsburgh” and “Univ. of Pittsburgh” to the same group with the same Affiliation ID number.
CAUTION: Scopus can only match affiliations based on the information each document includes. Missing or incorrect information may mean the document cannot be assigned to a group and will be left out of analyses unless manually included.
Access Scopus below and connect to the database.
For a single organization:
For multiple organizations:
To evaluate the results list of the organization's published work select All, a Page, or individual documents and then:
To identify which publications of an author or organization have been cited most frequently:
Remember: These counts are based on just the documents covered by Scopus.
In some contexts it is possible to remove an author’s citations of his/her own work from the citation counts and analyses.
In addition to getting citation information, you can analyze your Scopus search results in a variety of ways. While these reports can give you useful information about your results, be sure to look at the numbers closely and understand how they were generated before making serious comparisons with them.
While viewing any results set, click on Analyze results in the tool bar directly above the results list.
After analyzing your results set:
You can create citation alerts in Scopus that will notify you by email when a particular author or document has been cited by a new publication. Only documents covered by Scopus are included in these alerts.
You will need to register for a free Scopus username and password and be logged into your account before you can create an alert.
This screen is accessible by clicking on an author's name in any record for a document. Information displayed includes:
Access the Author Evaluator on the Author details screen. Click an author’s name in any document record to go to the appropriate Author details screen.
The Author Evaluator graphically displays an analysis of the author's published work in three ways:
Remember: The Author Evaluator only calculates results from documents covered by Scopus and identified as coming from the same person.