Research is a complex pursuit. More than ever, finding the right result is as important as uncovering trends, discovering sources and collaborators, and analyzing results to yield further insights. Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

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Finding the right result is the essential first step to uncovering trends, discovering sources and collaborators, and building further insights. Effective search tools in Scopus help you to quickly identify the right results from over 57 million records. Search in the following ways:

  • Document search: Search directly from the homepage and use detailed search options to ensure you find the document(s) you want
  • Author search: Search for a specific author by name or by ORCID (Open Research and Contributor Identifier) ID
  • Affiliation search: Identify and assess an affiliation’s scholarly output, collaborating institutions and top authors.
  • Advanced search: Narrow the scope of your search using field codes, proximity operators and/or Boolean operators.
  • Refine results: Scopus makes it easy to refine your results list to specific categories of documents.
  • Language interface: The Scopus interface is available in Chinese and Japanese. Content is not localized, but you can switch the interface to one of these language options (and switch back to English, the default language) at the bottom of any Scopus page. Note: By default, Scopus will appear in the language selected in your browser settings, unless your institution has specified otherwise or the language is not supported by Scopus (in which case, the interface will be in English).

Scopus Quick Reference Guide

Learn how to easily start your search from the homepage and use all the features in Scopus with this handy Quick Reference Guide.

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Scopus includes the following features to help you uncover and track important trends, field experts, key sources and impactful or related research—so you can keep an eye on global research.

  • Alerts: Create search, document and author alerts to stay up-to-date at your desired frequency. You must be registered to create alerts.
  • Browse sources: Browse an alphabetical list of all journals, book series, trade publications and conference proceedings available in Scopus.
  • My list: Select documents and save them for later use within a session, or save them to your permanent list. Building customized lists of documents allows you to export, track and analyze a particular set of results at one time.
  • Reference managers: Export data to reference managers such as Mendeley, RefWorks and EndNote.
  • View cited by: Discover documents that cite your selected articles.
  • View references: See the list of references included in your selected articles.
  • Scopus APIs: Expose curated abstracts and citation data from all scholarly journals, books and conferences indexed by Scopus . Learn more about Scopus APIs

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Scopus features analytical tools to help you better understand and gain important insights into the data you are viewing. These tools include graphical displays, charts and tables that can be manipulated so you can view specific parameters.

  • Analyze search results: Understand your search metrics better with a visual analysis of your search results broken up into seven categories (year, source, author, affiliation, country or territory, document type and subject area).
  • Compare journals: Gain a more complete analysis of the journal landscape. Select up to 10 journals to upload into graphs for comparative analysis and compare using a variety of metrics.
  • Article metric module: Quickly see the citation impact and scholarly community engagement for an article. A sidebar on the article page highlights the minimal number of meaningful metrics a researcher needs to evaluate both citation impact and levels of community engagement. Clicking on <View all metrics> opens the metrics details page displaying all available metrics and the underlying content for further analysis and understanding.
  • Citation overview: Analyze the citation trend for any given article, set of results or for a list of author documents. The overview displays, in table format, the number of citations per year for each article you select.
  • Author profile page: You can easily analyze and track an individual’s citation history. From their profile page, view an author’s total citation and document count, h-index, ORCID record (if available) and access a collection of in-depth and visual analysis tools designed to provide a better picture of an individual’s publication history and influence.

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Research metrics

A comprehensive suite of metrics embedded throughout Scopus is designed to help facilitate evaluation and provide a better view of your research interests. Whether you are looking for metrics at the journal, article or author level, Scopus combines its sophisticated analytical capabilities with its unbiased and broad content coverage to help you build valuable insights.

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Scopus APIs

Elsevier's API program allows you to integrate content and data from Scopus into your own website and applications. Scopus APIs expose curated abstracts and citation data from all scholarly journals, books and conferences indexed by Scopus. Read more about Scopus APIs