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Reaxys links on Scopus currently disabled

We are aware that Reaxys links on the abstract (document details) pages in Scopus are currently disabled. We are working to identify the problem and expect to have these links fixed as soon as possible, likely within the next few weeks. All other links are working as expected. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you.


As soon as we have the Reaxys links restored, we will post a notice on this blog. Please also follow us on Twitter@scopus for regular news and updates.


Release Date: 
October 13 2014

  Scopus Content update: 50,000 books indexed

Since our last content update in June, we’ve been busy moving the Scopus Books Expansion project along. To date, you can see more than 50,000 books in Scopus!


In case you missed the announcement, in mid-2013 Scopus launched the Books Expansion Project. Books from more than 30 major publishers such as Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, Brill, Walter de Gruyter, Princeton University Press, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis, Palgrave Macmillan and Project Muse have been selected and are being processed for inclusion in Scopus. Although books from all subject fields are considered for the project, the focus is on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities -- at least 25% of the books currently in Scopus are in these subject fields.


We asked Dr. Richard Whatmore, Arts & Humanities chairperson for Scopus’ Content Selection & Advisory Board, to tell us a bit about his favorite book in Scopus:


“My favourite book in Scopus is John (J. G. A.) Pocock's The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition. It was first published by Princeton University Press in 1975 and was revised in 2002. It is straightforwardly the best history book written in the twentieth century.


The reason is this: Pocock recovered a tradition of political thinking about time and politics in which the political body was analogous to the human body, and doomed in consequence to decline and die. Delaying such a fate was the aspiration of generation after generation of political authors. Machiavelli's response to the problem of the crisis that would ultimately face every republic entailed a policy of rejecting commerce and luxury, of imbuing the citizenry with manliness in order to win wars, and above all plot to turn a small state into a large empire. Machiavelli's model was the Romans, and he thought it should be everyone’s.


Pocock's genius was to trace the echoes of such arguments, formulated in the turbulence of the dying republic of Florence, to seventeenth-century and eighteen-century Britain and on to the generation of the Founding Fathers in North America. The republican critique of commerce and empire inspired Thomas Jefferson among others. The existence of the tradition confirmed the ancient and illiberal origins of American liberty. Pocock inspired intellectual historians to follow his method of the deep contextualisation of ideas. He also caused an intellectual ferment by challenging the self-satisfied myths of the nature and origins of the American Republic.”


For an up-to-date list of the books currently indexed in Scopus, see the public books list on the Scopus info site.

  Scopus to test new system in order to improve speed

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: 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 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 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.


Release Date: 
September 15 2014

  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 Results

Analyze Search Results

Document Search Result page

Author Evaluator

Analyze Author Output

Author Details page

Analyze Journals

Compare Journals

Main search page


New Analyze Search Results illustrating documents by subject area:


Analyze Search Results


New Analyze Author Output with enhanced h-index indicator:




New Compare Journals:


Compare Journals


Along with this release, all Scopus analysis tools have been moved to JavaScript technology and no longer depend on Flash support in browsers. With this development, Apple iOS device users are now able to access the analysis tools as well. In addition, all users are now encouraged to take advantage of a new image export option that lets you save charts and graphs in a zip file. The .zip file is able to house .jpg, .pdf, .png and .svg formats.


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.


Release Date: 
September 6 2014

  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 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.


In order for our users to continue benefitting from Scopus’ new features and functionalities, we recommend that you upgrade your browser to IE 8 or higher or use Google Chrome or Firefox browsers.

Release Date: 
August 5 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.

Journal Analyzer Scopus Example


Since 2010 Scopus has offered two journal metrics – the Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) and the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) – via the Journal Analyzer functionality in Scopus.


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

  • 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.

Release Date: 
July 22 2014

  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 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 ‘’ link and not to 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:


Release Date: 
June 17 2014

  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.




Release Date: 
May 31 2014