Metrics to show journal, article & author influence

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Show your research story

Metrics provide a way to tell a story about author and your institution’s research. The more varied and transparent the metrics, the richer the story. Scopus metrics enrich your story by showing more influence and attention for your scholarly output than you’ve ever been able to show before.

Scopus offers more research metrics — and on nearly twice the number of peer-reviewed publications — than any other abstract and citation database. Plus, we show the details behind our metrics, giving you confidence in knowing how the numbers are derived.


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Journal-level metrics:

CiteScore™ metrics: Introduced in 2016, a family of eight indicators to analyze the publication influence of serial titles. CiteScore metrics offer more robust, timely and accurate indicators of a serial title’s impact.

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): A prestige metric for journals, book series and conference proceedings that weights the value of a citation based on the subject field, quality and reputation of the source.

Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP): Measures contextual citation impact by taking differences in disciplinary characteristics into account; can be used to compare journals in different fields.

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Article-level metrics:

PlumX metrics

Four Scopus-specific metrics can be found on a document’s metrics details page: total number of citations by a date range of the user’s choosing, citations per year for a range, citation benchmarking (percentile) and Field-weighted Citation Impact. We've also recently added a new metric - views count - so users can understand usage at a glance.

PlumX Metrics: Also found on a document’s metrics details page, five comprehensive, item-level metrics that provide insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output (articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and many more) in the online environment.

Author metrics:

h-index and h-graph: View a researcher's performance based on career publications, as measured by the lifetime number of citations that each published article receives; h-indices indicate a balance between productivity (scholarly output) and citation influence (citation count).

Citation overview tracker: An adjustable date-range table that includes the number of times each document has been cited per publication year.

Author h-index metric

Visual analysis tools: Analyze an author’s output with a collection of in-depth tools designed to provide a clearer picture of an individual’s publication history (up to 15 years) and influence: total number of cited documents, total number of citations per year, and a list of documents with numbers of citing documents and links to citing documents per year and per article.

Attention Librarians & Information Professionals: Show your institution’s research story with confidence

Want a better way to show the influence and attention of research being produced at your institution? Use the form below to request a consultation. We’ll help you explore how the metrics available on Scopus can help your library prove — and improve — influence to your institution’s researchers and senior leaders.

Learn more about our metrics

For an easy-to-share handout on key research metrics, use our Research Metrics Quick Reference flyer, developed by Library Connect in collaboration with librarian Jenny Delasalle.

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Scopus Guidebook

Our Research Metrics Guidebook provides facts about how data underlying the metrics in Scopus (and SciVal) are used, how the metrics are calculated and displayed, and how variables besides performance can affect the metrics.

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    Scopus offers free access to journal rankings and metrics. Plus, you can view or download journal and book titles lists; and authors can check their profile and keep it up-to-date.

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