Scopus is a citation and abstract database of peer-reviewed literature that can be used by researchers to determine the impact of specific authors, articles/documents, and journals. It contains over 50 million records in the areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities, with coverage strongest in the physical sciences (7,200+ titles) and health sciences (6,800+ titles), followed by the life sciences (4,300+ titles), and finally the social sciences & humanities (5,300+ titles). Titles included in Scopus are selected based on journal policies, content, journal standing, regularity of publication, and online availability. More than 25,000 titles (including open access journals) from around the world are covered in Scopus. Patents in Scopus come from five patent offices: US Patent & Trademark Office, European Patent Office, Japan Patent Office, World Intellectual Property Organization and the UK Intellectual Property Office.
In Scopus, it is possible to perform quick searches by document, author, or affiliation. The Advanced search option offers greater customization, allowing for the use of field codes and proximity operators. Results can be further refined by publication year, author name, document type, source name, affiliation, language, and more.
There are several methods of analysis available in Scopus. The Journal Analyzer compares the citation metrics of different journals. Articles or other documents can be analyzed using the Citation Overview/Tracker. For authors, there is the Author Evaluator and h-index.
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In addition, there is assistance available from within Scopus via links on the upper-right corner to Live Chat, Help and Contact, and Tutorials.
For help using these indexes see: How do I find an article on my topic?
User tools and features
- Alerts service, including citation alerts.
- Compatible with RefWorks and Mendeley.
- Integration with ORCID.
1823 to the present, although the cited references search covers content since 1996.
Peer-reviewed journal articles (including articles-in-press), editorials, letters, errata, conference papers, patents, a limited number of trade publications, and book series.
Type of coverage
Citations with some abstracts.
Links to full-text articles if the journals are among Libraries’ subscriptions.
Vendor/electronic presentation provider