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With more than 2.4b cited references in Scopus, each publication indexed has, on average, 10-15% more citations than our nearest competitor. More cited references mean you get:
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Every year, thousands of new titles are suggested for inclusion in Scopus, but only 33% of those titles meet the rigorous technical criteria. And of those roughly 1,200 titles, only 50% are accepted after review by our independent Content Selection Advisory Board.
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About our content
The bulk of the content on Scopus is peer-reviewed journals which are selected according to our content coverage policy. Any serial publication with an ISSN, that meets the technical criteria can be suggested for review and covered on Scopus. Over 5,500 peer-reviewed titles are full open access titles (according to DOAJ and/or ROAD).
Serial publications covering and intended to reach a specific industry, trade or type of business. These publications usually are a magazine type of periodical with articles on topical subjects, news items and advertisements that appeal to those in the field. Trade journals are seldom refereed and do not always have an editorial board. Abstracts are usually short or nonexistent and few or no references are given. Usually an ISSN is available. Trade journals are included in Scopus because users and librarians consider selected articles to be scientifically relevant. Only articles or reviews of scientific relevance are included in Scopus.
A serial publication that has an overall series title, an ISSN and in which every volume and/or issue in the series is also a book with an ISBN. Usually, but not always, each book has a book title separate from the series title and a different editor or editors. Typically, each book is a monographic publication. Book series are usually published irregularly.
A non-serial source is a publication with an ISBN and is usually a monograph or composed work. One-off book publications covered in Scopus includes monographs, edited volumes, major reference works and graduate level textbooks. Over 217,000 book titles are in Scopus that significantly increase the breadth and depth of coverage for book-oriented disciplines in the social sciences and humanities. Books are indexed on both a book and a chapter level. Book selection policy is publisher-based, meaning publishers are reviewed based on the relevancy and quality of their complete books list. Once a publisher is accepted, all books from that publisher that fit the scope of the project are indexed in Scopus.
Conference material enters Scopus in two different ways: (1) as a special issue of a regular journal, (2) as a dedicated conference proceeding. Proceedings can be published as serial or non-serial, and may contain either the full articles of the papers presented or only the abstracts. The source title usually includes words like proceeding(s), meeting(s), conference(s), symposium/symposia, seminar(s) or workshop(s) (or their synonyms in other languages), although some journals also include proceeding(s) in the title. Scopus covers conferences that publish full-text papers (i.e., document type conference papers).
Titles on Scopus
Content types included on Scopus are either serial publications that have an ISSN (International Standard Serial Number), such as journals, book series and conference series, or non-serial publications that have an ISBN (International Standard Book Number), such as monographs or one-off conference materials. To check if a title is on Scopus, visit the freely available Source Title page(opens in new tab/window) or consult the title lists below.
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