Local Content 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.
|Professor Jörg-Rüdiger Sack|
CSAB Chair – Computer Science
|Ms. Karen Holland|
University of Salford
CSAB Chair - Nursing; Health Professions
|Dr. Richard Whatmore|
University of Sussex
CSAB Chair – Arts & Humanities
|Professor James D. Wright|
University of Central Florida
United States of America
CSAB Chair – Social Sciences
|Professor Peter Miller|
Medical University of South Carolina
United States of America
CSAB Chair – Psychology, Dentistry,
and Veterinary Sciences
Professor & Chairman Peter Stambrook
|Professor Peter Brimblecombe|
University of East Anglia
CSAB Chair – Environmental Science
|Dr. David Rew|
University of Southampton
CSAB Chair – Medicine
Dr. Evan Bieske
|Professor Manolis Papadrakakis|
National Technical University Athens
CSAB Chair – Engineering
|Professor Dr. Donald Dingwell|
University of Munich
CSAB Chair – Earth & Planetary Science
|Professor Ashok Raina|
TATA Institute of
CSAB Chair – Mathematics
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:
- Check the current Scopus title lists to be sure it's not already indexed: Journals list
- Read the board's statement: A General Introduction to Scopus and the Work of the Content Selection & Advisory Board
- Review the selection criteria below
- Then use the Scopus Title Suggestion Form
- Learn more about FAQs for the Role of an Editor
- Read the FAQs for the Content Selection Process
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:
Convincing editorial policy
Academic contribution to the field
Citedness of journal articles in Scopus
No delays or interruptions in the publication schedule
Full journal content available online
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-citations||200%||The journal has a self-citation rate two times higher, or more, when compared to peer journals in its subject field.|
|Citations||50%||The journal received half the number of citations, when compared to peer journals in its subject field.|
|Impact Per Publication||50%||The journal has an IPP score half or less than the average IPP score, when compared to peer journals in its subject field.|
|Article Output||50%||The journal produced half, or less, the number of articles, when compared to peer journals in its subject field.|
|Abstract Usage||50%||The journal's abstract are used half as much, or less, when compared to peer journals in its subject field.|
|Full Text Links||50%||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.
For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.
- Subject areas: Focus on Social sciences and Arts & Humanities, but also Science, Technology & Medicine (STM)
- Coverage years: Back to 2005 (2003 for A&H)
- Number of books: 75,000 by the end of 2015; 10,000 each year thereafter
- Book types: Monographs, edited volumes, major reference works, graduate level text books
- 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:
- Reputation and impact of the publisher
- Size and subject area of the books list
- Availability and format of the book content
- Publication policy and editorial mission
- 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.
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.
- 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
- Books: More than 85,000 books (see the book title list), with more than 120,000 expected by the end of 2015 through our Book Expansion Project
- Plus, more than 420 book series
- 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