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Content Overview

An eye on global research

Research is becoming increasingly global, interdisciplinary and collaborative. To be successful, researchers must make sure they do not miss crucial research or potential collaborators. Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts &Humanities, delivers a comprehensive overview of global scientific output.

Updated daily, Scopus includes:

  • 21,912 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers
    • 20,874 peer-reviewed journals (including 2,800 open access journals)
    • 367 trade publications
    • 421 book series
  • 30,000 books and growing
  • 5.5 million conference papers
  • "Articles-in-Press" from more than 3,750 journals and publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Nature Publishing Group and the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

View the Scopus title list - February 2014 | Download the Content Coverage Guide | Download Content Fact Sheet | Download Book Title List - March 2014

The 53 million recors on Scopus include:

  • 32 million records, including references, going back to 1995 (84% include abstracts)
  • 21 million pre-1996 records going back as far as 1823

Scopus also cross-searches 24 million patents from five patent offices (US Patent & Trademark Office, European Patent Office, Japan Patent Office, World Intellectual Property Organization and the UK Intellectual Property Office).

Fall 2013: Scopus has started to increase book coverage to 75,000 titles (project completion date 2015). A detailed overview of books covered is available here.

Content Policy and Selection

Transparent selection criteria

Scopus includes titles from more than 5,000 publishers worldwide. When your titles are indexed in Scopus, your journals are visible to millions of users, driving traffic to your published articles.

  • Increase visibility of publications and downloads
  • Access a global audience of researchers and find experts for peer review
  • Track performance of your publications and monitor competitive publications

Titles under consideration are reviewed by the independent and international Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB) on a continuous basis. The CSAB reviews titles using both quantitative and qualitative measures; the selection is partly based on sample documents from the title. Before suggesting a title, please read the CSAB's statement: A General Introduction to Scopus and the Work of the Content Selection and Advisory Board. Both the suggestor and/or Publisher will be informed about the outcome of the review including supporting reasons for the decision.

Minimum Criteria: to be considered for review, titles should meet the following main eligibility criteria:

  • The title should consist of peer-reviewed content
  • The title should be published on a regular basis (have a ISSN number that has been registered with the International ISSN Centre)
  • The content should be relevant and readable for an international audience (for example have references in Roman script and English language abstracts and titles)
  • The title should have a publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Scopus selection criteria

Subject experts review titles using both quantitative and qualitative measures and the selection is partly based on sample documents from the title. The criteria that will be used in the review process are grouped in five main categories: Journal Policy, Content, Journal Standing, Regularity and Online Availability.



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 and conformity with stated aims and scope
Readability of articles

Journal Standing

Citedness of journal articles in Scopus
Editor standing


No delay in the publication schedule

Online Availability

Content available online
English language journal home page available
Quality of journal home page

Scopus Title Suggestion Form

If you have a suggestion for a title that you think should be indexed in our database, please fill in the Suggestion form. Before suggesting a title to Scopus, please check the Scopus title list in case title you are suggesting is already indexed by Scopus.

Publication Ethics & Publication Malpractice

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

Scopus requires that every indexed journal and book publish a clear and consistent statement of publication ethics and publication malpractice, and that each and every publisher will be held accountable for the performance and compliance with this policy for every title in its portfolio. Scopus mandates no specific wording of a publication ethics and publication malpractice statement, but notes that:

  • Major publishers already publish comprehensive statements of compliance on their web sites, see for example Elsevier.
  • A number of industry organisations, notably the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and Consolidated Standards Of Reporting Trials (Consort) publish comprehensive guidelines and advice which can be readily adopted and adapted by all journals and publishers.
For more information on the importance of Ethics in Research and Publication, see also: and this Webinar.

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_sack Professor Jörg-Rüdiger Sack
Carleton University
CSAB Chair – Computer Science
karen_holland Ms. Karen Holland
University of Salford
United Kingdom
CSAB Chair - Nursing; Health Professions
richard_whatmore Dr. Richard Whatmore
University of Sussex
United Kingdom
CSAB Chair – Arts & Humanities
james_wright Professor James D. Wright
University of Central Florida
United States of America
CSAB Chair – Social Sciences
peter_miller Professor 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_brimblecombe Professor Peter Brimblecombe
University of East Anglia
United Kingdom
CSAB Chair – Environmental Science
david_rew Dr. 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_papadrakakis Professor Manolis Papadrakakis
National Technical University Athens
CSAB Chair – Engineering
donald_dingwell Professor Dr. Donald Dingwell
University of Munich
CSAB Chair – Earth & Planetary Science
ashok_raina Professor Ashok Raina
TATA Institute of
Fundamental Research
CSAB Chair – Mathematics

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


David Nelken
University of Macerata
CSAB Chair - Law, Crime, Criminology and Criminal Justice



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

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.