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:
- 21,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers
- 20,000 peer-reviewed journals (including 2,600 open access journals)
- 390 trade publications
- 370 book series
- 5.5 million conference papers
- "Articles-in-Press" from more than 3,850 journals and publishers such as Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Nature Publishing Group and the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
Scopus' 50 million records include:
29 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 25.2 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.
Convincing editorial policy
Academic contribution to the field
Citedness of journal articles in Scopus
No delay in the publication schedule
Content available online
Scopus Title Suggestion FormIf 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.
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
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.