What is it?
“Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with smart tools that track, analyze and visualize research.”
- Over 20,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide
- Contains 49 million records, 78% with abstracts
- Includes over 5.3 million conference papers
- Provides 100% Medline coverage
- Interoperability with ScienceDirect, Engineering Village and Reaxys
· Search a wide variety of sources across most disciplines
o Analyze results to see the most frequent authors, journals, and disciplines related to your search.
o Search by author to view an “Author Evaluator” page that visualizes an h-index, breakdown of publications by source, co-authors, subject areas, and generate a graph of citations per year from 1996.
o Set up email alerts or RSS feeds for: searches, document citations, author citations, or affiliations.
o Export to print, email, citations managers (EndNote, ProCite, Zotero, Mendeley, Excel, and others), or generate a basic bibliography right from Scopus.
o Can search by first author only
· Measure your (and others) scholarly impact [only for publications from 1996 to present]
o Find out who is citing your publications
o Find your most cited publication
o Find the most cited publications in your field/discipline
o Links to other documents that cite your publications, like patents, dissertations, and other documents in academic document repositories
· Analyze the impact of particular journals using two journal metrics – SJR (SCImago Journal Rank; similar to Impact Factors) and SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) that are updated every two months. Compare multiple journals using the Journal Analyzer, a visualization tool.
· Scopus indexes over 8,000 unique titles compared to Web of Science.
· More disciplines are represented when compared to Web of Science
· Alternative, but complementary, to Web of Science
· Provides analytics and visualization tools to compare authors, publications, and journals.
· Can set up email alerts related to research of interest, when people cite you, and when a particular person has published something new.
Most disciplines are represented, so all researchers should give it a try. (weakest is Arts and Humanities, but they have taken steps to help correct this over the last couple of years).