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Accelerate academic research using Scopus APIs

on Fri, 10/07/2016 - 18:03

Did you know Scopus data can be used to help facilitate your research and be integrated in your published work? Scopus data has been used to help researchers:

  • Analyze cited-by counts across specific, singular academic disciplines
  • Study relationships between authors’ geographic locations and academic affiliations
  • Analyze the relationship of citing works from a limited set of publications
  • And more.

To make this easier and more efficient, you can now obtain a Scopus API key for free and without having to seek permission — provided you are affiliated with a subscribing institution and using the data in support of academic research.To get an idea of how others are using Scopus data in their published work, run a search in Scopus using: “Scopus data”.  

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What you need to know about Scopus APIs

The Elsevier Developer Portal is a self-service site.

A new look for Scopus

on Thu, 09/29/2016 - 02:32

Have you seen Scopus lately? If so, then you probably noticed the refreshed look. If not, then we encourage you to go and open Scopus now. Aside from the more modern look and feel, there are also some functional changes we would like to bring to your attention.To help quickly bring you up to speed, here is a side-by-side comparison between the former version and how it looks today (click on the images to enlarge).

  1. The Scopus home page ( still opens to the search form; however, if you are looking for your ‘Alerts’ and ‘Lists,’ you’ll now find them in the header. If you don’t use ‘Alerts’ and ‘Lists,’ perhaps now is a good time to register and try them out.

  1. To browse and explore content sources in Scopus (i.e., journals, books, conference proceedings, trade publications), you’ll now find that the former ‘Browse Sources’ link has moved to the page header and is called ‘Sources.’ If you want to compare journals across multiple performance metrics, look for the ‘Compare
Release Date: 
September 28 2016

Maintenance planned for Scopus on September 21, 2016

on Sun, 09/18/2016 - 21:34

Update: This planned maintenance was completed at 2:00 PM EDT. All Scopus features are back to normal. Thank your for your patience!

Please be advised that on September 21, 2016 the Scopus team will be performing maintenance on Scopus beginning at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (16:00 UTC) and lasting 2 hours. During this time, Scopus will continue to be available in a read-only interface; meaning, Scopus will still be accessible and function as normal with the exception of saving and modifying searches; creating and modifying alerts; and adding items to or updating any saved lists. We ask that you please note the maintenance time and avoid using any of the customizable features during this period.

Release Date: 
September 21 2016

Journal Metrics in Scopus: Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)

on Tue, 09/13/2016 - 01:54

Last month, we began a series of posts looking at some of the metrics featured in Library Connect’s Quick Reference Cards for Research Impact Metrics and sharing how they relate to Scopus. The first post covered SCImago Journal Rank (SJR). Continuing on with the journal metrics theme, today we take a look at Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP).

SNIP was created by Professor Henk Moed at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CTWS), University of Leiden. It measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field, using Scopus data.

Or, as stated by the CTWS, “SNIP corrects for differences in citation practices between scientific fields, thereby allowing for more accurate between-field comparisons of citation impact.” (

As shared in the quick reference card displayed, SNIP is derived by taking a journal’s citation count per paper and dividing it by the citation potential in

How to resolve Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) compatibility issues with

on Mon, 08/22/2016 - 18:32

If you use Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) to access and are receiving a “browser not supported page,” you will need to disable the “Compatibility View” setting for To do this, follow the steps below (click on the images to enlarge).

Step 1: In IE11 click the “Tools” tab or the tools icon and select “Compatibility View settings” from the menu.

Step 2: A pop-up will appear with listed as one of the websites added to the ‘Compatibility Views’ box. Select from the list and click on ‘Remove.’ Once this is completed, the browser should automatically reload If it does not and you are still experiencing issues, please continue to Step 3 below.

Step 3: If your institution has set up as an intranet website, you will need to disable the “display intranet sites in Compatibility View.” To do this, uncheck the box as displayed in the image below.

If this still does not correct the issue, please contact your local Scopus

Incident with Scopus alerts system resolved: Delayed alerts will be delivered in the coming days

on Wed, 08/03/2016 - 19:58

Because of an earlier incident that Scopus experienced with its alerts system, some users may notice delays in receiving their scheduled Scopus alerts. The issue has been fixed and alerts will be gradually delivered throughout the coming days.


Journal Metrics in Scopus: SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

on Tue, 08/02/2016 - 19:18

Recently, Library Connect worked with librarian Jenny Delasalle to create a set of quick reference cards on research impact metrics. Both a poster (11x17) sized version, which includes all the metrics on one page, and a larger format featuring 4 metrics cards per page, are available for download.  Each card provides a quick summary of the metric — including how it’s calculated, what it measures and whether it applies to journals, authors or documents — and serves as a good jumping off point for further discussions around metrics. To add a bit more context regarding their specific relationship to Scopus, we will be looking at individual cards and providing the Scopus connection, starting with SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

As stated in the card, SJR weights citations based on the source they come from.The subject field, quality and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation. SJR also normalizes for differences in citation behavior between subject fields.