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Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board

The Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) is an international group of scientists, researchers and librarians who represent the major scientific disciplines. Year round, the board members are responsible for reviewing all titles that are suggested to Scopus.

The CSAB is comprised of 17 Subject Chairs, each representing a specific subject field. The Board works with the Scopus team to understand how Scopus is used, what content is relevant for users and what enhancements should be made.

The recommendations of the CSAB directly influence the overall direction of Scopus and the prioritization of new content requests to ensure that Scopus content stays international and relevant.

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Conflict of interest statement of the Scopus CSAB

In making their decisions about approving journals for inclusion in Scopus, the members of the CSAB avoid conflicts of interest such as those that may derive from their own involvement with other journals or their work as consultants. In such cases, the CSAB member will ensure that they take no part in decisions about journals for which they might have a conflict of interest.

Members of the Scopus CSAB

Professor & Chairman Jörg-Rüdiger Sack


Professor & Chairman Jörg-Rüdiger Sack

CSAB Chair and Subject Chair – Computer Science

Carleton University, Canada

Professor Henry Wai-chung Yeung


Professor Henry Wai-chung Yeung

CSAB Subject Chair – Social Sciences; Education

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Professor Julie J. Li


Professor Julie J. Li

CSAB Subject Chair – Business, Management & Accounting; Economics, Econometrics & Finance

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Professor Patrick A. Palmieri


Professor Patrick A. Palmieri

CSAB Subject Chair – Nursing; Health Professions

Universidad Norbert Wiener, Peru

Professor Richard Whatmore


Professor Richard Whatmore

CSAB Subject Chair – Arts & Humanities

University of St. Andrews, United Kingdom

Professor Peter Miller


Professor Peter Miller

CSAB Subject Chair – Psychology

Deakin University, Australia

Professor Michael Neal Lehman


Professor Michael Neal Lehman

CSAB Subject Chair – Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics; Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

Kent State University, USA

Professor Peter Brimblecombe


Professor Peter Brimblecombe

CSAB Subject Chair – Environmental Science

National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan

Professor Jaya Raju


Professor Jaya Raju

CSAB Subject Chair - Library and Information Sciences; Multidisciplinary

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr. David Rew


Professor David Rew

CSAB Subject Chair – Medicine, Dentistry, and Veterinary Sciences

University Hospital of Southampton, United Kingdom

Professor Mara G. Freire


Professor Mara G. Freire

CSAB Subject Chair – Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Material Sciences

University of Aveiro, Portugal

Professor Manolis Papadrakakis


Professor Manolis Papadrakakis

CSAB Subject Chair – Engineering

National Technical University Athens, Greece

Professor Dr. Donald Dingwell


Professor Donald Dingwell

CSAB Subject Chair – Earth & Planetary Science, Energy

University of Munich, Germany

Professor Ashok Raina


Professor Ashok Raina

CSAB Subject Chair – Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy

TATA Institute of Fundamental Research, India

Professor Jo Angouri


Professor Jo Angouri

CSAB Subject Chair - Language, Linguistics, Communication and Media

University of Warwick, United Kingdom

Professor David Nelken


Professor David Nelken

CSAB Subject Chair – Law, Crime, Criminology and Criminal Justice

King’s College London, United Kingdom

Professor Chris van Kessel


Professor Chris van Kessel

CSAB Subject Chair - Agriculture and Biological Sciences

University of California, USA

Local Boards

In collaboration with Elsevier and with guidance from the Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB), Scopus has established 4 local content boards, or Expert Content Selection and Advisory Committees (ECSAC). Currently, local boards are in place in China, Thailand, Russia and South Korea. The relevant CSAB subject chair takes the recommendation and evaluation comments from the local board reviewers into account for their review of the title for Scopus coverage. The goal of the ECSAC is to raise the standard of local titles and ensure that titles published primarily for a local audience, but deserving of international attention, are included in Scopus.

The objectives for the local boards are to:

  • Educate local publishers and editors about Scopus selection criteria

  • Proactively pre-screen local titles and act as a filter for local titles that need to be reviewed

  • Conduct a full review of local titles to improve the acceptance rate of local titles


Thailand was the first country to establish its own local board. ECSAC-Thailand comprises 14 Subject Chairs that mirror the CSAB Subject Chair disciplines as well as 13 additional general board members.

Through the support and collaboration with the Scopus CSAB, the ECSAC-Thailand goal is to raise the overall standards and quality of journals published in Thailand.

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Through the support and collaboration with the Scopus CSAB, the ECSAC-Korea goal is to raise the overall standards and quality of journals published in Korea.

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ECSAC-Russian Federation

The ECSAC-Russian Federation consist of 14 Subject Chairs, who are all subject matter experts covering all major science fields. The Subject Chairs will focus on, in close collaboration with the Scopus CSAB, raising the local journal standard and international visibility of journals published in the Russian Federation.

Scopus China Academic Board

By working closely with Elsevier to evaluate and select Chinese Journals to be submitted for evaluation by the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB), China's local content board has the goal to raise the overall standard and international visibility of journals published in China.

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By default, all local journals from relevant regions shall be reviewed by local boards and benefit from all values of the local boards. However, there are cases in which local journals deem it necessary to be reviewed directly by the CSAB, e.g., due to potential conflict of interests.

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