Brief notes: Introducing Scopus

On 22 January 2020, I attended a session on Scopus, presented by Dr Charles Martinez, which proved to be thoroughly engaging and helped to reveal the full potential of the database. I made some very brief notes whilst watching the live demo, but hopefully the attached slides will prove more useful to those interested parties.

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Scopus consists of 3 databases that combine to deliver a single service:

  • Documents
  • Abstracts + Citations
  • Authors

Citations are complete* and guaranteed back to 1970. Pre-1970 data is to be considered incomplete or in progress.

(* Published articles are vetted before acceptance for inclusion by an organising body).

If users login or register then extra options such as a dashboard to collate search data and options to personalise displays.

Users can set alerts or set up an RSS feed for specific searches to pull new data as it arrives – useful tool to help keep up to date with changes in the field of research.

Searches also pull Mendeley data (from Repositories only).

Exporting analysis of data is possible.

You can download selected articles (in Google Chrome only).

It uses the PlumX Metrics tool to gather metrics from Wiki, and social media. Personal note: these types of metrics can be unreliable.

Authors get unique author IDs in Scopus. ORCiD’s need to be sent by the author to Scopus for them to be added to the Scopus author data.

Please note: When searching the Affiliation database, University of Cambridge is divided by college / department.

The PowerPoint slides from the session can be downloaded via the ‘Scopus’ link below:


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