Authentication & Access

About providing users with access to Scopus for librarians & information professionals

Access to Scopus relies upon Internet Protocol (IP) address authentication. The setup process is straightforward: You provide your organization's Internet Protocol (IP) address range(s) to Elsevier, and then we configure and activate your account.

If you wish to grant your users, or a group of users, access to Scopus from outside your physical location, then you have several remote access options to choose from, some of which we can help you enable:

  • Federated authentication through SAML (i.e., Shibboleth, OpenAthens, Enterprise SSO)
  • Virtual private network (VPN)
  • Secure proxy server
  • Self-managed remote access
  • Registration IDs provided by Elsevier
  • Registration IDs issued by librarian via the Elsevier Admin Tool
  • Secure login link on your website (e.g., library portal) via a Ticketed URL link

Remote access allows your users to securely access Scopus whenever they are working from home, while traveling or from any other Internet location. We've summarized the different remote access methods in the table below to help you decide the best option(s) that you can offer your patrons.

Let your users know about access to Scopus

Use promotional materials from our Promote Scopus page to inform your patrons about access provided through your library. 

Remote access options

Elsevier supports a range of options for your users to have secure remote access to Scopus. We recommend that you appoint one or more administrators who can manage some of these methods using the Elsevier Admin Tool.

Remoteaccess methodBestchoice for …Requiressetup by librarian?ContactElsevier Customer Service?BasicoverviewHowdoes the user access the product?
Federated authentication through SAML:

Shibboleth
OpenAthens
Enterprise SSO
Member institutions of access management federations; organizations with a SAML-enabled identity infrastructure; organizations using OpenAthens by Eduserv.YesYesSecure remote access for users is inherent in these open source solutions, and you have the flexibility to define and limit access if desired. Provides a high level of protection of identity and personal details of your users.

Shibboleth (federated identity solution) membership information is available at shibboleth.net

OpenAthens (a large Shibboleth community) information is available at openathens.net.

A listing of access management federations is available at refeds.org

Find a listing of federations that Elsevier participates in on Scopus (click the arrow next to the box labeled "Select your group or region")
On Scopus or directly through your library portal.
Virtual private network (VPN)Providing all authorized users secure remote access through your organization's VPN.YesNoSupport for a VPN is provided by your organization's IT department (or equivalent).Logs into your intranet via the VPN and then opens Scopus.
Secure proxy serverOrganizations wishing to use a specialist intermediary (such as EZProxy) to authenticate users and provide secure remote access to authorized users.YesNoOnly your IT department (or equivalent) can provide operational support for your secure proxy server. Important to note: We advise against web proxies as these are shared IP addresses that are not unique to your organization; therefore web proxies are not secure and cannot be used to authenticate access to Elsevier products.Through your library portal and as directed by you.
Self-managed remote accessAcademic institutions that do not have another secure remote access method in place; or do not have the ability or desire to generate and support Registration IDs; or want to offer authorized users a method of enabling secure remote access on their own.NoYesThe most "barrier-free" method we support. Currently available only for Academic customers. This option relies on institutional email domain(s) that you supply to us. You must make reasonable efforts to ensure and enforce that authorized users do not share passwords or credentials with anyone (see sample subscription agreement section 3.2).On Scopus via a "Remote access" link; user may be required to select a "self-managed remote access" department; setup is done just once.
Registration IDs via Elsevier:
User name/password activated with a registration key
Providing secure remote access to a defined group of authorized users with setup support from Elsevier Customer Service.NoYesEach authorized individual user receives a registration ID and password sent via email from Elsevier Customer Service. Registration IDs may have an end date for user access, which you specify. You must make reasonable efforts to ensure and enforce that authorized users do not share passwords or credentials with anyone (see sample subscription agreement section 3.2).On Scopus via the "Login" link.
Registration IDs via the Elsevier Admin Tool:
User name/password issued by librarian
Providing secure remote access to a defined group of authorized users on your own.YesNoYou or an assigned administrator can configure and manage secure remote access for either individuals or groups (departments) using the Elsevier Admin Tool. Each authorized user receives a registration ID and password sent via email. Registration IDs may have an end date for user access, which you specify. You must make reasonable efforts to ensure and enforce that authorized users do not share passwords or credentials with anyone (see sample subscription agreement section 3.2).On Scopus via the "Login" link.
Secure login link on your website (e.g., library portal) via a Ticketed URL linkOrganizations wanting to provide all authorized users secure remote access free from dependencies on external organizations or IP address authentication.YesYesElsevier generates an identifier (Ticketed URL Origin ID) that you code into your intranet or library website. Requires coding proficiency, i.e., it cannot be done as a simple cut-and-paste task.Through your library portal or other secure website from any internet location.

Remote access message to users

You can have Scopus display a pop-up message whenever your users are off-network as long as they use the same devices as when they are within your organization's physical network location. Use the Elsevier Admin Tool to enter the text you wish to display and then contact Elsevier Customer Service to activate the message. Here's a sample message:

You are outside the University of N's network. Please contact <name@libraryemail> for remote access instructions.

Walk-in access

The Scopus agreement includes the ability for libraries to offer walk-in access to patrons for the purposes of personal research, education or non-corporate use. Walk-in access is at the discretion of your library.

Contact

For more information about any of the access methods to Scopus described above or for help with access issues, please contact Elsevier Customer Service.