Using Scopus

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Accessing Scopus

Access to Scopus  is typically managed by the library of an academic institution, government agency or business organization. Remote access and/or access to walk-in users may be granted at the discretion of the library and is an option within the Scopus agreement. Scopus access is based upon unique institutional IP address. It also supports standard compliant Shibboleth / OpenAthens authentication and discovery services.

Once you have logged into Scopus, you can access all content and take full advantage of its features and smart tools starting from the main navigation bar.                            


Click Search to open the Scopus search forms: Document, Author, Affiliation, and Advanced. From the Search form, you can search Scopus for specific scientific documents.


Click Sources to browse or search the indexed sources and journals by title.


Click Analytics to open the Journal Analyzer and compare journals based on citation metrics.


Click Alerts to manage your previously saved search, document citation, or author citation alerts.

My list

Click My list to view and manage your temporary lists of    documents. You can select documents and save them for later use within a session, but you can also save documents in a basket permanently.


Click Settings to view or edit all general settings in Scopus. This includes your account or profile information, preferences, changing your password, and setting up a list of alerts or saved searches.

Need help?

On Scopus, context-sensitive Help is accessible from every page. For additional support you can contact the Elsevier Customer Service department.

Getting Scopus Support & training materials

Support tutorials on performing specific tasks are easily accessible from the main navigation bar in Scopus. Additional videos, including a getting started video, can be found here.

Quick Reference Guide

Making Scopus yours

Follow the steps below to register as a new user, enabling you to take advantage of personalization functions such as email alerts, RSS feeds and quick links to favorites.

  1. Visit within your institutional network or IP address range. 
  2. Click on Register at the top right of any Scopus  page, or click Not Registered? inside the Login box to create your personal profile. 
  3. Use the Remember Me option so you don't have to  login every time you visit. 
  4. CONGRATULATIONS – You have created your personal account. 
  5. To have access to Scopus when offsite you can easily activate the remote access option from the login dialog box (drops down when you click login).