How to track the impact of articles in your journal

New Scopus Article Metrics provide a detailed overview of how each article is performing

Scopus Metrics help you understand the impact of an article

Article-level metrics can provide insights into the popularity and reach of the articles published in your journal.

For some time now, we’ve been providing journal authors with that information via personalized pages called Mendeley Stats, (previously known as My Research Dashboard).

An example of a Mendeley Stats page displaing an author's metrics for the past 12 months.

As these can only be accessed by the relevant authors, editors wanting to know how a paper in their journal is performing have had to rely on the score provided by that appears on some of our platforms. While that score (which is based on social media, research media and mass media shares) does give an indication of how well-received the article has been, it is often unclear why some mentions are given more weight than others - this makes transparency challenging.

We wanted to give you access to clearer, more robust metrics that reflect impact more accurately. Our solution is the new generation of Scopus Article Metrics.

Measuring impact transparently

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature in the world and hosts around 65 million articles. It’s worth noting that the metrics outlined below will only be visible on articles that have had time to gather interest, or are included in the 4 million that monitors and scores in Scopus.

What you will see alongside the article

You’ll find the Scopus Article Metrics snapshot widget, which provides a few, key, meaningful metrics to help a researcher evaluate both citation impact and levels of community engagement.

These include, where available, citation count and Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI), as well as examples of scholarly and social mentions.

An example of the metrics you might see alongside the Scopus article.

The Scopus Article Metrics page

By clicking on the ‘View all metrics’ option in the screenshot above, you arrive at the Scopus Article Metrics details page. This provides a deeper dive into the numbers and displays all available metrics and underlying content. Citation counts and citation benchmarking come from the original Scopus data, the FWCI from SciVal, Mendeley readership from, and online events are tracked by This allows us to show researchers their citations in context, providing an indication of how the article is performing compared to others. The advantage of presenting these metrics together is that you will see both the long-term and short-term online impact of the article. 

View a sample Scopus Article Metrics page

Screenshot of the new Scopus Article Metrics page. Altmetrics are broken down by source and citations are given context.

The altmetrics component has been organized into the four Snowball Metrics categories.

  • Scholarly activity: Posts in online tools used by academics, such as Mendeley and CiteULike.
  • Scholarly commentary: Comments in online tools typically used by academics, such as science blogs, video posts, peer reviews such as Publons and post-publication comments such as PubMed Commons and Faculty of 1000 reviews.
  • Social activity: Social media posts, including on Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Google+.
  • Mass media: References in press clippings and on news websites.

Each of these four categories is displayed in a separate tab, and you can click through to see further detail; for example, all the tweets referring to an article.

We hope the new Scopus Article Metrics give you an insight into how the articles in your journal are performing. Our approach to metrics continues to evolve and we welcome your opinion; if you have feedback, please contact me at or post a comment below.


Written by

Hans Zijlstra

Written by

Hans Zijlstra

Hans Zijlstra works as a Research Metrics Product Manager in Elsevier’s Research Products department in Amsterdam. He is responsible for developing journal and article metrics with the aim of improving Elsevier’s service to researchers, librarians, publishers and funders.


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