Coverage you can count on

Scopus delivers the broadest coverage of any interdisciplinary abstract and citation database. Covering 240 disciplines, researchers, instructors, librarians and students who rely on Scopus are confident that the odds of missing key publications are greatly reduced.

Learn how the interdisciplinary depth and breadth of Scopus can help drive your organization’s research and knowledge forward.

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…having a database as inclusive and interdisciplinary as Scopus is invaluable to us.

—Bruce Abbott, Health Sciences Librarian at Blaisdell Medical Library, University of California, Davis Health Care (USA)

Unparalleled and continuous access to critical research output from around the world

Researchers trust the information and data they discover with Scopus because the content on Scopus comes from over 7,000 publishers that must be reviewed and selected by an independent Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) to be, and continue to be, indexed on Scopus.

Read about all the content that Scopus offers in our Content Coverage Guide.

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cited references
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author profiles

books (inc. book series)


affiliation profiles

Research for a better world

Use the pre-generated query selection in the Advanced Search feature to quickly identify literature focused on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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Preprints in Scopus

Scopus incorporates preprints from 2017 and onward as a content type in Author Profiles so users can discover the newest contributions of a researcher.

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Historical depth

Why citations matter

With over 1.8 billion cited references now on Scopus, each paper indexed has, on average, 10-15% more citations than our nearest competitor. More cited references mean:

  • more extensive bibliometric and historic trend analysis
  • more complete author profiles
  • improved h-index measures for authors who began publishing prior to 1996

Want to get a better representation of your scholarly output and increase visibility? Validate your profile today to see your citations and h-index scores.

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How stringent are our standards?

Every year, approximately 3,500 new titles are suggested for inclusion in Scopus, but only 33% of those titles meet the technical criteria of our independent review board. 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 and conference series.

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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 conferences. To check if a title is on Scopus, visit the freely available Source Title page, or consult the title lists below.