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Analyze thousands of search results in less than a minute

The Analyze search results tool

The next time you search in Scopus, gain more insight into your results by using the <Analyze search results> feature located at the top of your search results page. It provides a visual analysis of your results broken up into 7 categories (year, source, author, affiliation, country/territory, document type and subject area).

For example, let’s say you want to know which organizations are producing the most content about “wearable technology.” You run your search, which results in a list of over 4,000 publications. But then you click on <Analyze search results>, open the <Affiliation’ tab>, and find your answer—all in about 30 seconds. Then you decide to browse the other tabs and discover that 54.8% of the documents matching your results are from Conference Papers, helping you isolate the most cutting-edge research. <Analyze search results> provides a quick and effective way of breaking down and understanding your search results to guide you to the information you’re looking for.

Watch this video to see an example of how <Analyze search results> works. 

  5 facts about Scopus and the h-index

How the h-index in Scopus is calculated and where to find it are popular topics; in fact, a post about the h-index from just over a year ago continues to be among our top viewed and shared content. However, a lot has happened in Scopus since last year, making it a good time to re-visit the h-index. Here are 5 facts about Scopus and the h-index:

1.    The h-index is no longer limited to post-1995 data, a result of our Cited Reference Expansion Program.
2.    The h-index includes citations from expanded book coverage (but can be easily excluded from your calculation if desired).
3.    You can calculate the h-index for a single author, multiple authors or even for selected documents.
4.    You can access an h-index  from the author details, the analyze author output and the citation overview pages.
5.    Author self-citations can be excluded from calculating an h-index.

Check your h-index in Scopus. The accuracy of your h-index also depends on the accuracy of your author profile. Use the Scopus Feedback Wizard to make sure your profile is up-to-date. You can also manage your author profile using the Scopus integration with ORCID. Watch this video to learn how.

  Scopus launches annual journal re-evaluation process to maintain content quality

Since Scopus’ launch in 2004, more than 56 million records have been added to the database. The content originally came from different sources (in-house databases like Embase, ScienceDirect and Compendex, the Scopus Title Suggestion Form and Medline) and has undergone different levels of Scopus content evaluation. This, together with the fact that the title evaluation criteria have evolved over time to become more strict, has led to a situation where some journals no longer meet the Scopus quality criteria.

As high content quality is very important to Scopus, and as an incentive for journals to maintain their high content quality, the title re-evaluation process has been implemented. Six quality metrics and benchmarks have been put in place which are the basis of the re-evaluation process, please find them in the below table. These criteria have been developed with the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board in conjunction with our Analytical Services team.

Journals not meeting the benchmarks of all six quality 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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Scopus journal re-evaluation criteria (May 2015)
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.


  Scopus touches base with publishers at the London Book Fair

Each April the London Book Fair presents a great opportunity for Elsevier’s Publishing Relations team to catch up with all the third party publishers that make their content available to Scopus.

Meeting face-to-face with these publishers provides a wonderful chance to show them how Scopus is evolving, how their content is accepted and represented in Scopus, and to discuss ongoing business.

During last week’s 3-day Book Fair, we sat down with publishers such as Springer, Oxford University Press, Wiley Blackwell and Taylor & Francis to provide them with an update on their books being included in Scopus.

Furthermore, we talked to publishers who potentially wish to join this successful books initiative as well as those who wish to participate in other ongoing Scopus initiatives, like the journal archives and the cited references expansion project.

All in all, a most enjoyable and very fruitful visit!


  This post was contributed by:

  Merel Baazil

  Assistant Publishing Relations Manager, Elsevier



  Chrome 42 issues with Scopus Document Download Manager

Chrome 42 issues with Scopus Document Download Manager

The latest version of Chrome, version 42, has switched the Java plugin off by default. If you have upgraded to Chrome 42 and you are unable to download documents on Scopus please follow the steps below to reactivate the Java plugin. This is a temporary solution while we work on a better long term solution. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Enabling NPAPI in Chrome to download documents with DDM

1. Type “chrome://flags/#enable-npapi” into the Chrome address bar.

2. Click the “Enable” link under ‘Enable NPAPI’:

3. Restart Chrome.

4. Open , make a search, on the search results page select documents to download, click “Download”.

5. Though NPAPI is enabled, Java plug-in maybe blocked as under:

6. If so, click on the Yellow block & the following will show up:

7. Select the 1st radio-button “Always allow plug-ins on”:

8. Click “Done”.

You can begin to download documents now.

For more information see:

NPAPI Plugin information

Chrome 42 java plugin disabled


  Case Study: Scopus improves product development outcomes

Scopus is the choice of preference for more than 3,000 academic, government and corporate institutions. This is what James, a research pathologist for a medical device manufacturer who works with Scopus on a regular basis, told us about his experience.

James is an experienced research pathologist for a medical device manufacturer, busy with at least 10 projects at any given time. His contribution to product development ranges from shaping early stage proof-of-concept work to preparations for submission to regulatory authorities. The common denominator for him is to understand disease states and product impacts on the body.

James spends about 20% of his time on large, breakthrough innovation projects on a team dedicated to uncovering new ideas. The product innovation process starts with discussing approaches and capabilities for addressing a problem. James and his team then gather input from industry opinion leaders as well as physicians and surgeons treating the disease or injury state.

Literature review plays the important role of anchoring the team to current science and sizing the potential market. “Scopus just helps us know that we are going in the right direction,” James says. “We view a lot of literature to see what, if anything, people have done in the past. And we also have to predict the market, so we know if it’s going to be a small or large population.”

James relies on Elsevier’s Scopus two to three times a week as he works across multiple teams and projects. For him, Scopus is an efficient, time-saving way to get up to speed and identify what others have done to address the problem: “Scopus helps me to get familiar with different models and what people are thinking,” he explains. “It helps me to quickly build a basis to make a decision on next steps and prepare us for more extensive literature searches as we go through the process and approach submission to regulatory authorities and a complete launch. It quickly delivers the basics that we need to understand things.”

“Speed is very important. Many of the questions I receive must be answered right away or at least the next day. So I need something to base the answer on,” James says. “Scopus is nice because it’s linked to any journals we have rights to, so we can pull up a full article online… I can easily identify what I think I need to know, read it, digest it, and move on to the next one.”

  Transforming intelligent research into Research Intelligence

Not only is Scopus the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature; it is also the backbone of Elsevier Research Intelligence (ERI) solutions, including SciVal and Analytical services.

A comprehensive portfolio of research management solutions, Elsevier Research Intelligence enables you to assess research strengths and make informed decisions at each stage of the research lifecycle.

To find out more about Elsevier’s solutions for research management, check out our newly released video.

Learn more about ERI products and services

Learn more about specific research intiatives supported by Elsevier

  Get deeper insights from your Scopus search results with SciVal’s new release

SciVal’s April release brings with it a number of improvements to help you analyze more deeply and share your work more easily with your institutional peers, further enhancing the seamless integration between Scopus and SciVal.

Some of the new enhancements include:

  • Get instant performance snapshots of your Publication Sets in the Overview module, including the ones that you can create using your Scopus search results

  • Further analyze the Publication Set to see the top researchers, institutions, publications and more

  • Analyze the impact of the Publication Set in the Benchmarking module

  • Easily view the performance of any Scopus journal classification

To learn more about the release, register now for one of the free webinars:

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  Scopus Content update: 75,000 book titles and counting

"If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads." — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims (1876), Quotation and Originality.

With more than 75,000 additional book titles now indexed in Scopus (and another 45,000 planned for 2015), it is easier to uncover the bounty of literature supporting great intellect. 

The arts and humanities and social sciences represent more than 55% of the 75,000 titles (see graph below). Not surprising considering 80% of arts and humanities and social sciences output is published in books instead of journals (1).

Subject area coverage for Scopus book content
In a 2013 Research Trends article, Dr. Alesia Zuccala, an Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen, states that “the key to sustainability [for humanities research] is to develop relevant evaluation methods…”(2).  The expanding book coverage, combined with the strength of Scopus in bibliographic search, discoverability and evaluation tools, allows you to measure the impact and scholarly achievement of the humanities in a more quantitative way — filling a gap in evaluation methods.

The improved ability to create book-based citation analyses for evaluating research is a significant development across all disciplines. The resulting expansion of author data in Scopus can enhance an author’s profile and h-index — especially if you are an author whose primary method of disseminating information is through books rather than journals.  Likewise, for administrators, expanded metrics mean you can better evaluate disparate disciplines.

The role of books in science and technology is also growing, according to Suzanne BeDell, Managing Director of Elsevier Science and Technology Books, as they “tend to present a broader view of a particular subject, bring in diverse viewpoints on that subject, and treat the subject in an interdisciplinary way.” The additional book coverage means better ability to “use data and analytics to gain insights into the world’s research trends,” something Suzanne highlights as a key developing area of interest in a recent Elsevier Connect article (3).

In summary, there is a threefold impact to including quality book content in Scopus: It significantly increases subject area coverage for book-based disciplines, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration across subject areas, and fills a gap in evaluation methods.

Next time you run a search in Scopus or view an author’s profile, look for the increase in book content.

Video: Watch how book content in Scopus leads you to further insights and information, discover key influencers in your field and identify potential collaborators.

Public book list: View a list of which books are now included in Scopus.

About the data: Providing reliable metrics requires accurate data gathered from quality sources. The books selected and indexed in Scopus must undergo a rigorous selection process before they are added (as does all Scopus content). Once selected, the Scopus content team creates the metadata directly from the full text of a title. This ensures that only the most accurate data and citation information from quality books are used. Learn more about Scopus content policy and selection criteria.

This post was contributed by Susannah Beatty-Tucker and Susanne Steiginga
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  1. Linda Butler. Australian research output by field and publication category, Australian National University, 2007.
  2. Alesia Zuccala, “Evaluating the Humanities: vitalizing ‘the forgotten sciences’,” Research Trends, March 2013.
  3. Harald Boersma, “Elsevier leaders look at 2015 trends in STM publishing,” Elsevier Connect, March 2015.


  Scopus further increases interoperability with SciVal

Instantly evaluate Scopus results in SciVal

On March 25, Scopus added the ability to directly export a list of Scopus documents to SciVal, Elsevier’s benchmarking and analytics product,to enable further analysis.Available to users with access to both products, the ‘Scopus to SciVal export’ feature reduces the number of steps when using the two products together.

This new feature further increases the interoperability between Scopus and SciVal, both products within the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio.

Here is how the Scopus to SciVal export works:

Step 1: The user enters a search in Scopus.

Step 2: From the search result page, the user selects the desired documents and adds them to a temporary Scopus list,
by going to the 'More’ option and choosing ‘Add to My list’.


Step 3: From ‘My list’ in Scopus, the user will see the option to ‘Export a list to SciVal’.


Step 4: Once in ‘My list’ the user is able to export the temporary list by clicking on the ‘Export your list to SciVal’.
A pop-up screen will appear asking users if they want to ‘Continue to SciVal’. Selecting this automatically re-directs the user to SciVal.


Step 5: The user now has the option to save the Scopus results list in SciVal.


Step 6: Once saved, this list is automatically added to the ‘Publication Sets’ in the SciVal ‘Benchmarking’ module.
This module provides the user with advanced capabilities to perform further in-depth analysis using the exported Scopus results.In SciVal a ‘Publication Sets’ is a fixed set of publications, which is never automatically updated with new publications


Step 7: Should the user want to export the same set again, an option is given in Scopus to save the temporary list. 

Note: The Scopus ‘Export to SciVal’ option can export up to 2,000 documents and can only be used for post-1995 data.

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Release Date: 
March 25 2015