Scopus Search API Technology Powers Presenting the Most Cited Articles Across 26 Subject Areas

Third Parties can now access and integrate Scopus data into their own websites

Amsterdam, March 11, 2008 — Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality Web sources, today announced that its new Scopus search Application Programming Interface (API) technology has enabled the launch of Scopus TopCited, a new website that offers users the top 20 cited articles across 26 subject areas. Scopus Topcited provides visitors an instant overview of the top cited articles per subject area over the past five years. It also displays authors, their affiliations, cited-by counts and integrates this information into Google maps.

Scopus Topcited is one of the first websites to utilize the Scopus search API, which is now freely available. The search API allows Scopus content to be integrated into an application or website easily, offering users a flexible integration solution. For example, organizations can use this application to showcase their own top cited researchers and articles. In addition, Scopus subscribers will be able to access the records directly from the API-created mashup. This new technology empowers third parties to link to more than 33 million records and provides their website visitors with continuously updated data.

“This site is one example of how the search API can work and how users can leverage Scopus to benefit their own web offering. We are looking forward to seeing what exciting new things others will develop and hope that our TopCited website will serve as an inspiration.” said Niels Weertman, Director Scopus. “This is another great way in which we can learn more about our customer needs.”

The Scopus search API is part of the Scopus Integration Program, which is designed to help third parties add value and content to their online offering. Developers and institutions interested in creating their own API mashups can request a developer key at or get in touch via the Scopus Integration Program at For more information about Scopus, visit

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Covering the world’s research literature, Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Scopus is designed and developed with over 500 users and librarians internationally. Its unique database contains abstracts and references from 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 publishers worldwide, ensuring broad interdisciplinary coverage. In addition, Scopus not only offers users citation information about the articles covered, but also integrates web and patent searches directly from its clean and simple interface. Direct links to full-text articles, library resources and other applications like reference management software, make Scopus quicker, easier and more comprehensive to use than any other literature research tool. For more information about Scopus please visit

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