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Local Content Boards

Local Boards

In collaboration with Elsevier and with guidance from the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB), Scopus has established 3 local content boards, or Expert Content Selection and Advisory Committees (ECSAC). The goal of the ECSAC is to raise the standard of local titles and ensure that titles published primarily for a local audience, but deserving of international attention, are included in Scopus.

The objectives for the local boards are to:

  • Educate local publishers and editors about Scopus selection criteria
  • Proactively pre-screen local titles and act as a filter for local titles that need to be reviewed
  • Conduct a full review of local titles to improve the acceptance rate of local titles


Thailand was the first country to establish its own local board. ECSAC-Thailand comprises 14 Subject Chairs that mirror the CSAB Subject Chair disciplines as well as 13 additional general board members.

Through the support and collaboration with the Scopus CSAB, the ECSAC-Thailand goal is to raise the overall standards and quality of journals published inThailand.


Through the support and collaboration with the Scopus CSAB, the ECSAC-Korea goal is to raise the overall standards and quality of journals published in Korea.

China Local Content Board

By working closely with Elsevier to evaluate and select Chinese Journals to be submitted for evaluation by the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB), China's local content board has the goal to raise the overall standard and international visibility of journals published in China. Read press release.

Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board

Independent content selection board

The Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) is an international group of scientists, researchers and librarians who represent the major scientific disciplines. The board members are responsible for reviewing all titles that are suggested to Scopus.

The CSAB is comprised of 14 Subject Chairs, each representing a specific subject field. The Board works with the Scopus team to understand how Scopus is used, what content is relevant for users and what enhancements should be made.

The recommendations of the CSAB directly influence the overall direction of Scopus and the prioritization of new content requests to ensure that Scopus content stays international and relevant.

jorg_sackProfessor Jörg-Rüdiger Sack
Carleton University
CSAB Chair – Computer Science
karen_hollandMs. Karen Holland
University of Salford
United Kingdom
CSAB Chair - Nursing; Health Professions
richard_whatmoreDr. Richard Whatmore
University of Sussex
United Kingdom
CSAB Chair – Arts & Humanities
james_wrightProfessor James D. Wright
University of Central Florida
United States of America
CSAB Chair – Social Sciences
peter_millerProfessor Peter Miller
Medical University of South Carolina
United States of America
CSAB Chair –  Psychology, Dentistry,
and Veterinary Sciences

Professor & Chairman Peter Stambrook
University of Cincinnati
United States of America
CSAB Chair – Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics;
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology;

peter_brimblecombeProfessor Peter Brimblecombe
University of East Anglia
United Kingdom
CSAB Chair – Environmental Science
david_rewDr. David Rew
University of Southampton
United Kingdom
CSAB Chair – Medicine
evan bieske

Dr. Evan Bieske
University of Melbourne
CSAB Chair – Physics & Astronomy,
Chemical Engineering,
Energy, Material Sciences

manolis_papadrakakisProfessor Manolis Papadrakakis
National Technical University Athens
CSAB Chair – Engineering
donald_dingwellProfessor Dr. Donald Dingwell
University of Munich
CSAB Chair – Earth & Planetary Science
ashok_rainaProfessor Ashok Raina
TATA Institute of
Fundamental Research
CSAB Chair – Mathematics

Karin Wahl-Jorgensen,
Cardiff University
CSAB Chair - Language, Linguistics, Communication and Media


David Nelken
King’s College London
United Kingdom
CSAB Chair - Law, Crime, Criminology and Criminal Justice



Wouter Gerritsma
Wageningen University
The Netherlands
CSAB Chair – Agricultural and Biological Sciences, Library and Information Sciences

Content Policy and Selection

Transparent content policy and selection criteria

You need quality content, and Scopus delivers: An overview for individual researchers

For your research to be the best that it can be, you need access the most up-to-date and highest quality interdisciplinary content out there. This is why Scopus has a clearly stated selection policy and an internationally acclaimed board of selection experts so you can be sure that what you see on Scopus meets your high standards.

While most of the information provided on this page is written for publishers wishing to have their content included on Scopus, we invite you to read on. We hope you'll get a sense of the level of scrutiny and focus on authority that is the hallmark of Scopus.

Continuously reviewing and expanding Scopus: What publishers need to know

As the largest indexer of global research content, Scopus includes titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide. These journals, books and conference papers are visible to millions of Scopus users, who in turn read your content and then cite it in their papers, in grant applications and reports, or in patent applications. To ensure that Scopus serves the broad information needs of researchers, our Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB) continuously reviews suggestions and publishing programs in order to expand our content listings.

Scopus helps to:

Scopus can increase the visibility of your publication(s), give you access to a global audience of researchers and experts for peer review programs, track the performance of your publication(s) and monitor competitive publications.

Title evaluation process

We're proud of our transparent selection process and independent review board. The international experts on our content selection and advisory board continually review new titles using both quantitative and qualitative measures. Only serial titles may be suggested to the content selection and advisory board for inclusion on Scopus. Serials include journals, book series or conference series. Suggestions may be made by publishers or editors of a title. Individual researchers and librarians can also suggest titles for Scopus, but these suggestions need the support from the publisher and/or editor. Before suggesting a serial title, please:

The individual who suggests a title and the publisher (if different) will be informed about the outcome of the review and reason(s) for the decision.

Journal selection criteria

To be considered for review, all journal titles should meet all of these minimum criteria:

  • Consist of peer-reviewed content and have a publicly available description of the peer review process
  • Be published on a regular basis and have an International Standard Serial Number (ISNN) as registered with the ISSN International Centre
  • Have content that is relevant for and readable by an international audience, meaning: have references in Roman script and have English language abstracts and titles
  • Have a publicly available publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

CSAB members have deep subject matter expertise, and are committed to actively seeking out and selecting literature that meets the needs and standards of the research community that they represent. Journals eligible for review by the CSAB will be evaluated on the following criteria in five categories:



Journal Policy

Convincing editorial policy
Type of peer review
Diversity in geographical distribution of editors
Diversity in geographical distribution of authors


Academic contribution to the field
Clarity of abstracts
Quality of and conformity to the stated aims and scope of the journal
Readability of articles

Journal Standing

Citedness of journal articles in Scopus
Editor standing

Publishing Regularity

No delays or interruptions in the publication schedule

Online Availability

Full journal content available online
English language journal home page available
Quality  of journal home page

Title Re-evaluation

High content quality is of utmost importance to Scopus. As an incentive for journals to maintain their high content quality, Scopus re-evaluates low-performing journals based on a set of metrics and benchmarks and in comparison to peer journals in its subject field. The set metrics and benchmarks are:

Self-citations200%The journal has a self-citation rate two times higher, or more, when compared to peer journals in its subject field.
Citations50%The journal received half the number of citations, when compared to peer journals in its subject field.
Impact Per Publication50%The journal has an IPP score half or less than the average IPP score, when compared to peer journals in its subject field.
Article Output50%The journal produced half, or less, the number of articles, when compared to peer journals in its subject field.
Abstract Usage50%The journal's abstract are used half as much, or less, when compared to peer journals in its subject field.
Full Text Links50%The journal's full text are used half as much, or less, when compared to peer journals in its subject field.

Journals not meeting the benchmarks of all six metrics will be red flagged by Scopus and asked to address the issues. If the red flag remains, the journals will be reviewed by the independent Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB), with the possible consequence of the journal being discontinued in Scopus.

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Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statements

Publication malpractice is an unfortunate occurrence in the world of scholarly literature. It happens in all subject areas and in all jurisdictions, and few journals or books are immune. The prevention of publication malpractice is the responsibility of every author, editor, reviewer, publisher and institution.

Scopus requires that every journal we index has clear and publicly available statements of publication ethics and publication malpractice. Scopus will hold each publisher listed in the database accountable for the performance and compliance with these policies. Scopus does not mandate any specific wording of publication ethics and publication malpractice statements, but notes that:

  • Major publishers already publish comprehensive statements of compliance on their websites. See Elsevier for an example.
  • A number of industry organizations publish comprehensive guidelines and advice that can be readily adopted by any publisher. Such notable organizations include:
    • Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
    • World Association of Medical Editors (WAME)
    • International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
    • Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT)

For more information on the importance of Ethics in Research and Publication, see or watch this webinar.


Why does Scopus include books?

Many content types – journals, conference proceedings, and books – contribute, through citation activity, to the overall evaluation of scholarly research and therefore, should be included in Scopus. While journals and conference proceedings are usually associated with timely dissemination of scholarly information, books typically provide a more thorough analysis of a specific (or broad) topic. By adding books to Scopus, we continue to connect the citation patterns of journals, conference proceedings and now book content. Our aim is to:

  • Improve:  Research within the Arts & Humanities is partly done in books and not seen as much in journals. Adding books makes these subject fields more complete and it also further enhances the author profiles and h-index of researchers working in the A&H subject areas.
  • Enhance: Simply by having the books content in Scopus, makes them more discoverable.
  • Measure: Because books often cite journals, adding books makes the citation counts of journals more accurate. And, we are able to further measure the impact of those books.
  • Increase: For research assessment, the addition of books gives researchers within the A&H the opportunity to better show their full scientific output in their Author Profiles. This is currently easier for other sciences such as life sciences and physics due to the publishing patterns of researchers.

Scope and selection of books expansion

Scopus covers scholarly books that represent fully-referenced, original research or literature reviews.

  1. Subject areas: Focus on Social sciences and Arts & Humanities, but also Science, Technology & Medicine (STM)
  2. Coverage years: Back to 2005 (2003 for A&H)
  3. Number of books: 75,000 by the end of 2015; 10,000 each year thereafter
  4. Book types: Monographs, edited volumes, major reference works, graduate level text books
  5. NOT in scope: Dissertations, undergraduate level text books, Atlas, Yearbook, Biography, Popular science books, manuals, etc.

Book selection is via a publisher-based approach (no individual book suggestions are considered). All books from selected publishers deemed "in scope" will be selected for coverage. Priority and selection of book list from a specific publisher depends on:

  1. Reputation and impact of the publisher
  2. Size and subject area of the books list
  3. Availability and format of the book content
  4. Publication policy and editorial mission
  5. Quality of published book content

Conference selection criteria

Conference material is an important additional component to the scientific literature in many fields, but particularly in the fields of engineering, computer sciences, physical sciences and mathematics. Scopus only covers full-text conference papers and currently there are around 6.5 million conference papers from around 78 thousand conference events included in the database. Conference selection is done based on the relevancy and quality of the conference in relation to the subject field. Priority is given to conferences published by reputable organizations and publisher in relevant subject fields. Scopus does not consider individual conference suggestions to be included in the database. Serial conference titles that have a registered ISSN can be suggested for Scopus coverage via the above mentioned title evaluation process.

Content Overview

The largest up-to-date collection of global, unbiased and expertly sourced research

You need to keep track of what's happening in your research world. Across all research fields—science, mathematics, engineering, technology, health and medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities—Scopus delivers a broad overview of global, interdisciplinary scientific information that researchers like you need.

Comprehensive: You never know where your research enquiries will take you. It's why Scopus has twice as many titles and over 30% more publishers listed than any other A&I database, with interdisciplinary content that covers the research spectrum: timely updates from thousands of peer-reviewed journals; preliminary findings from millions of conference papers; and the thorough analysis in thousands of books.

Frequently updated: Never miss out on what's new in your field. Scopus is the only leading database that is updated daily rather than just weekly.

Unbiased: You can rely on our independent and expert content selection & advisory board (CSAB) using strict criteria to vet every source that Scopus includes. Learn more about our current board and content selection methods.

Reliable: By focusing on the world of research, you can trust that your Scopus search results will be accurate and relevant, and delivered to you quickly so you can spend less time searching and more time reading.scopus infograph

  • Life Sciences (agriculture, biology, neuroscience, pharmacology)
  • Social Sciences (arts & humanities, business, history, information sciences)
  • Physical Sciences (chemistry, engineering, mathematics)
  • Health Sciences (allied health, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine)

What content is included in Scopus?

  • Journals: Over 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers (see the journal title list)
    • More than 20,000 peer-reviewed journals, including 2,800 gold open access journals
    • Over 365 trade publications
    • Articles-in-press (i.e., articles that have been accepted for publication) from more than 3,750 journals and publishers, including Cambridge University Press, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Nature Publishing Group, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell and, of course, Elsevier
  • Conference papers: 6.5 million conference papers from over 17,000 worldwide events
    • High energy physics from the inSPIRE database
    • Computer science conferences and workshops from DBLP Computer Science Bibliography
    • Society meetings including the IEEE, American Chemical Society (ACS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), American Geophysical Union (AGU), European Society of Cardiology (ESC), International Society for Chemotherapy (ISC), American Society for Information Security (ASIS), Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME), and many more
  • Patents: 24 million patents from five patent offices
    • US Patent & Trademark Office
    • European Patent Office
    • Japan Patent Office
    • World Intellectual Property Organization
    • UK Intellectual Property Office

Scopus journal title list - February 2015
Scopus Content Coverage Guide
Scopus Content Fact Sheet

Scopus Book Title List
- April 2015