News & Product Updates
Starting September 15, Scopus will test a method of selective internet routing to speed up delivery of our pages to customers. Most customers will see an improvement in speed. However, some customers with unusual internet configurations may experience a problem. If you are suddenly unable to access Scopus as before, this may be due to incompatibility with the new routing method.
If you suddenly lose access to Scopus, please first check that the above is indeed the reason for the problem by trying the following URL: www2.scopus.com. This should give you direct access to the original Scopus IP address as before the test. If you now have access again, then you will need to follow the steps below to restore normal service.
While we help you fix the problem, your users can continue to use Scopus via a workaround using www2.scopus.com. This may occasionally require them to change the URL – adding a 2 after www – for some links.
IP white listing is the problem
The problem is expected to arise if you are restricting access to specific IP addresses (IP whitelisting) through your firewall or proxy service. Because we use specific routing across the internet, the last server will not be the original Scopus IP address, so will not be on your list. If you are using domain name whitelisting there should be no problem.
If you are using a whitelist, you can solve the problem by adding the Scopus domain name www.scopus.com instead of the IP addresses of the Scopus servers.
If you are unable to change this or if it does not help, please contact your local helpdesk and let us know that you are affected.
We will configure your account to restore service – this will also entail your adding a list of IP addresses to your whitelist. Please be aware that this list changes periodically and will need to be maintained if you continue to use IP address whitelisting.
Scopus interface improvements released Saturday, September 6
Since launching a more streamlined interface in February, the Scopus Team has been working on additional site developments that include enhancing Scopus analysis tools as well as improving ORCID functionality.
Taking a close look at the Scopus analysis tools, the team made some changes that better support day-to-day research tasks. As a result all analysis tools have been redesigned to provide a more consistent experience across Scopus. Specifically, these 3 tools have been improved and renamed and now include new features such as the option to export charts and graphs.
Old Scopus name
New Scopus name
Location on Scopus
Analyze Search Results
Document Search Result page
Analyze Author Output
Author Details page
Main search page
New Analyze Search Results illustrating documents by subject area:
New Analyze Author Output with enhanced h-index indicator:
New Compare Journals:
It is also now possible to search Scopus Author Profiles by ORCID ID. If a user knows the ORCID ID for an author they can retrieve that authors profile in Scopus.
In addition to the Simplified Chinese interface announced in June a new Traditional Chinese interface went live this month. Both are available from the Scopus page footer under the header ‘Language’.
For a detailed review of the changes, please read the full release notes (PDF).
We welcome you to experience the Scopus difference today and discover how easy it is to track, analyze and visualize research. For help getting started, watch this short video on making the most of the Scopus ‘Help’ function. Thank you for playing a part in the recent and long term success of Scopus and we encourage you to continue to follow us on Twitter .
You can share your feedback by emailing Scopus Marketing.
Scopus to cease support of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7)
As of September 6, Scopus is discontinuing its support for Internet Explorer 7 (IE7). This means that users currently using IE 7 or any previous versions of Internet Explorer will no longer be able to access Scopus.com after this date.
For the purpose of providing an optimal user experience and maintaining platform performance, Scopus is discontinuing the support of older browsers which do not support the new functionalities in the upcoming September 6 release. This decision is also in line with Microsoft ceasing its support for Windows XP and IE7 per April 2014.
2013 SNIP and SJR journal metrics now available in Scopus
When evaluating the performance of a journal (or an article or individual researcher), we believe that the research community benefits from having access to a broad range of metrics to better understand performance – it's impossible for one metric to serve all the necessary purposes.
The Journal Analyzer allows you to select up to 10 journals for comparison; the results are uploaded into graphs, making it easy to see how journals perform relative to each other.
Additionally the SNIP, SJR and now IPP (Impact per Publication) values can also be viewed per journal in the publicly available title list or via the 'Browse sources' tab in Scopus (only SNIP and SJR are currently in the Scopus interface).
Some additional resources for Journal Metrics:
Find out more about Journal Metrics and download the metrics directly at www.journalmetrics.com
Read the latest ElsevierConnect article on the 2013 Journal Metrics release
Learn more about Elsevier's general approach toward metrics, read the Elsevier response to a call for evidence from HEFCE
Have feedback on journal metrics or Scopus? Please email us.
Titles indexed in Scopus: Check before you publish
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. Here at Scopus, we have recently received notification of journals that purport to be indexed by Scopus but really are not. These journals have even gone as far as to forge letters from the Head of Scopus Content (signature and all)! And just because a journal may have a Scopus logo on their web site, this does not mean they’re indexed in Scopus.
As an author, if you would like to know if your published article will be included in Scopus, we urge you to take note of the following before submitting your work to a journal or conference.
Check the title list. First check the publicly available Scopus title list. If you don’t see the title, you can also look at “Browse sources” on the Scopus.com home page to see what titles are indexed.
Search in Scopus. Use a Scopus search for the name of the journal or conference and check if any current content is available to see if the title is indeed indexed.
Ask! When in doubt, send an email to the Scopus Helpdesk and one of our Customer Service representatives can let you know if that title is indexed (or is going to be indexed).
Recently, we have received questions about the Scopus coverage of the following titles. NONE of these titles are currently covered by Scopus. These titles have either never been included in Scopus OR have recently been discontinued in Scopus.
British Journal of Education and Science (ISSN 0309-1114) - never in Scopus
Academic Journal of Cancer Research (ISSN 1995-8943 / 2221-3422) - discontinued
Advances in Environmental Biology (ISSN 1995-0756 / 1998-1066) - discontinued
Advances in Natural and Applied Sciences (ISSN 1995-0772 /1998-1090) - discontinued
American-Eurasian Journal of Sustainable Agriculture (ISSN 1995-0748 / 1998-1074) - discontinued
Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences (ISSN 1991-8178 / 309-8414) - discontinued
Global Journal of Pharmacology (ISSN 1992-0075 / 2221-3449) - discontinued
Global Veterinaria (ISSN 1992-6197 / 1999-8163) - discontinued
Journal of Applied Sciences Research (ISSN 1816-157X / 1819-544X) - discontinued
Life Science Journal (ISSN: 1097-8135 /2372-613X) - discontinued
Middle East Journal of Scientific Research (ISSN 1990-9233 / 1999-8147) - discontinued
World Applied Sciences Journal (ISSN 1818-4952 / 1991-6426) - discontinued
World Journal of Medical Sciences (ISSN 1817-3055 / 1990-4061) - discontinued
The prevention of publication malpractice is the responsibility of every author, editor, reviewer, publisher and institution. It is also the responsibility of solution providers like Scopus. We hope that you will follow the above steps and also take the time to alert us about any fraud you may come across. For more information on publication ethics, please visit Elsevier’s information site on publication ethics.
Scopus users receiving phishing emails
It seems that some registered Scopus users have received an email (similar to the example shown below) in which they are asked to login to their account and change their password or else his/her account will be deactivated.
Caution: This is a Phishing email. The link in the email goes to a ‘scopus.110mb.com’ link and not to Scopus.com. Do not click on the link and delete the email from your inbox.
In case you have any questions, please contact your regional helpdesk.
Phishing example email:
Scopus content: Book Expansion project update
In mid-2013 Scopus launched the Books Expansion Project to increase the Arts and Humanities content in Scopus and the project has been steadily moving along. To date, you can see more than 40,000 books in Scopus!
How is the program going? Books from more than 30 major publishers such as Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, Brill, Walter de Gruyter, Princeton University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Project Muse have already been selected and are being processed. More than 40,000 books have now been loaded in Scopus and we expect to have at least 65,000 books in Scopus by the end of this year.
Although books from all subject fields are considered for the project, the focus is on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities and at least 25% of the books currently in Scopus are in these subject fields. Book items in Scopus also get cited, at present – with more than 5,600 citations – the highest cited book in Scopus is Theory of games and economic behaviorby von Neuman and Morgenstern published by Princeton University Press (2007).
And more high quality book content is soon to come in Scopus with the recently signed agreements to cover the book lists of Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis.
For an up-to-date overview of the Books Expansion Project and a list of the books currently indexed in Scopus, see the public books list on the Scopus info site.
How do we select books to index?The selection policy for books content is on a publisher level* (no individual book suggestions considered) and takes into account aspects such as: reputation of publisher, size and subject area of books list, availability and format of book content, publication policy and editorial mission and quality of published books content. Full bibliographic metadata will be indexed as well as abstracts (where available), author and affiliation information and cited references.
What subject areas are covered? Our main focus is 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
*All books from selected publishers deemed “in scope” will be selected for coverage.
Scopus launches a simplified Chinese interface
Scopus has launched a Simplified Chinese interface and help files. This development applies to the general user interface and is intended to improve the usability and teach-ability of Scopus in mainland China. The Simplified Chinese interface can be selected from the Scopus page footer and will allow users to more easily activate personalization features and alerts in their local language.
We welcome your impressions and feedback regarding these developments and encourage you to share your thoughts with us through the Scopus marketing email address
Want to learn more about this release? Check out the full release notes.
The new Scopus author profile page has arrived
In conjunction with this year’s Scopus 10 year anniversary, the team embarked on a site improvement program that resulted in the launch of a more streamlined interface in February. With the overall Scopus house looking better it was time to give the Author Profile page a closer look.
Newly revamped, old distractions on the Author Profile page are gone and the best tools remain. For example, if an ORCID ID is associated with a Scopus profile then a link to that ORCID will display on the author detail page. Additionally, a new graph added to the sidebar gives a quick overview of an author’s recent productivity. Best of all, users can sort “Document” and “Cited-by” lists without having to leave the author profile or reload the page.
We’ve learned a lot in 10 years, especially that author’s need fewer obstacles and better tools for boosting the visibility of their work. This is an ideal time to check and update your profile in Scopus. You can share your feedback about the new Author Profile page via our Scopus Marketing email address.
Want to learn more about this release? Check out the full release notes.
Scopus changes RIS tags used for export
We have changed some of the RIS tags to better support the most popular reference managers. As a result, some data is not exporting to specific reference managers -- EndNote, for example -- while it was before the May 31 release.
If you were using a translation filter before 31 May 2014, you may not need it anymore; please try a direct RIS export from Scopus. If you have created your own mapping of Scopus fields in the reference manager, please use this updated RIS field document to adjust the mapping. In case of any doubt, you can also export RIS files from Scopus to any text editor to see the tag names.
Please Note: We are unable to assist you with the specific configuration within your reference manager. If you require help with configuration, you will need to contact the respective vendor. Should you have any other Scopus-related problems with the export, please let us know by contacting your local helpdesk.