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Over the past 3 years, Scopus has added over 195 million more cited references, dating back to 1970, to complement the database's existing records that date back to 1788 and further increase the depth of content.

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Every year, approximately 3,500 new titles are suggested for inclusion in Scopus, but only 33% of those titles meet our minimum criteria. And of those roughly 1,200 titles, only 50% are accepted after CSAB review.

We're proud of our transparent selection process and independent review board. The international experts on our Content Selection and Advisory Board continually review new titles using both quantitative and qualitative measures. Only serial titles may be suggested to the Content Selection and Advisory Board for inclusion on Scopus. Serials include journals, book series or conference series.

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Journals: 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, excluding trade journals, book series, certain proceedings, newsletters, secondary sources or patent publications, can be suggested for review and covered on Scopus. Over 3,600 peer-reviewed titles are full open access titles (according to DOAJ and/or ROAD).

Trade journals: 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.

Book series: 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.

Books (non-serial titles): A non-serial source is a publication with an ISBN and is usually a monograph or composed work. Since August 2013, book coverage has expanded. Along with the existing book series, book content now includes monographs, edited volumes, major reference works and graduate level textbooks. Since 2015, over 150,000 titles have been added to 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: 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).

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