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Scopus to cease support of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7)

on Tue, 08/05/2014 - 13:21

As of September 6, Scopus is discontinuing its support for Internet Explorer 7 (IE7). This means that users currently using IE 7 or any previous versions of Internet Explorer will no longer be able to access after this date.

For the purpose of providing an optimal user experience and maintaining platform performance, Scopus is discontinuing the support of older browsers which do not support the new functionalities in the upcoming September 6 release. This decision is also in line with Microsoft ceasing its support for Windows XP and IE7 per April 2014.

In order for our users to continue benefitting from Scopus’ new features and functionalities, we recommend that you upgrade your browser to IE 8 or higher or use Google Chrome or Firefox browsers.

Release Date: 
August 5 2014

2013 SNIP and SJR journal metrics now available in Scopus

on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 16:53

When evaluating the performance of a journal (or an article or individual researcher), we believe that the research community benefits from having access to a broad range of metrics to better understand performance – it's impossible for one metric to serve all the necessary purposes.

Since 2010 Scopus has offered two journal metrics – the Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) and the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) – via the Journal Analyzer functionality in Scopus.

The Journal Analyzer allows you to select up to 10 journals for comparison; the results are uploaded into graphs, making it easy to see how journals perform relative to each other.

Additionally the SNIP, SJR and now IPP (Impact per Publication) values can also be viewed per journal in the publicly available title list or via the 'Browse sources' tab in Scopus (only SNIP and SJR are currently in the Scopus interface).

Some additional resources for Journal Metrics:

Release Date: 
July 22 2014

Titles indexed in Scopus: Check before you publish

on Thu, 07/10/2014 - 11:13


An updated version of this post is now available, with new lists and information to verify what is indexed in Scopus. Click this link to read the updated post.

Publication malpractice is an unfortunate occurrence in the world of scholarly literature. It happens in all subject areas and in all jurisdictions and few journals or books are immune. Here at Scopus, we have recently received notification of journals that purport to be indexed by Scopus but really are not. These journals have even gone as far as to forge letters from the Head of Scopus Content (signature and all)! And just because a journal may have a Scopus logo on their web site, this does not mean they’re indexed in Scopus.

As an author, if you would like to know if your published article will be included in Scopus, we urge you to take note of the following before submitting your work to a journal or conference.

Scopus users receiving phishing emails

on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 14:31

It seems that some registered Scopus users have received an email (similar to the example shown below) in which they are asked to login to their account and change their password or else his/her account will be deactivated.

Caution: This is a Phishing email. The link in the email goes to a ‘’ link and not to Do not click on the link and delete the email from your inbox.  

In case you have any questions, please contact your regional helpdesk.

Phishing example email:


Release Date: 
June 17 2014

Scopus content: Book Expansion project update

on Tue, 06/17/2014 - 11:25

In mid-2013 Scopus launched the Books Expansion Project to increase the Arts and Humanities content in Scopus and the project has been steadily moving along. To date, you can see more than 40,000 books in Scopus!

How is the program going? Books from more than 30 major publishers such as Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Elsevier, Brill, Walter de Gruyter, Princeton University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and Project Muse have already been selected and are being processed. More than 40,000 books have now been loaded in Scopus and we expect to have at least 65,000 books in Scopus by the end of this year.

Although books from all subject fields are considered for the project, the focus is on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities and at least 25% of the books currently in Scopus are in these subject fields. Book items in Scopus also get cited, at present – with more than 5,600 citations – the highest cited book in Scopus is Theory of games and economic behaviorby von Neuman and Morgenstern

Scopus launches a simplified Chinese interface

on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 14:51

Scopus has launched a Simplified Chinese interface and help files. This development applies to the general user interface and is intended to improve the usability and teach-ability of Scopus in mainland China. The Simplified Chinese interface can be selected from the Scopus page footer and will allow users to more easily activate personalization features and alerts in their local language.


We welcome your impressions and feedback regarding these developments and encourage you to share your thoughts with us through the Scopus marketing email address


Want to learn more about this release? Check out the full release notes.




Release Date: 
May 31 2014

The new Scopus author profile page has arrived

on Tue, 06/03/2014 - 07:57

In conjunction with this year’s Scopus 10 year anniversary, the team embarked on a site improvement program that resulted in the launch of a more streamlined interface in February.  With the overall Scopus house looking better it was time to give the Author Profile page a closer look.


Newly revamped, old distractions on the Author Profile page are gone and the best tools remain. For example, if an ORCID ID is associated with a Scopus profile then a link to that ORCID will display on the author detail page. Additionally, a new graph added to the sidebar gives a quick overview of an author’s recent productivity. Best of all, users can sort “Document” and “Cited-by” lists without having to leave the author profile or reload the page.


We’ve learned a lot in 10 years, especially that author’s need fewer obstacles and better tools for boosting the visibility of their work.

Release Date: 
May 31 2014

Scopus changes RIS tags used for export

on Mon, 06/02/2014 - 08:17

We have changed some of the RIS tags to better support the most popular reference managers. As a result, some data is not exporting to specific reference managers -- EndNote, for example -- while it was before the May 31 release.

If you were using a translation filter before 31 May 2014, you may not need it anymore; please try a direct RIS export from Scopus. If you have created your own mapping of Scopus fields in the reference manager, please use this updated RIS field document to adjust the mapping. In case of any doubt, you can also export RIS files from Scopus to any text editor to see the tag names.

Please Note: We are unable to assist you with the specific configuration within your reference manager. If you require help with configuration, you will need to contact the respective vendor. Should you have any other Scopus-related problems with the export, please let us know by contacting your local helpdesk.

Release Date: 
May 31 2014

Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board Meeting Next Week

on Thu, 05/29/2014 - 14:10

Twice a year the independent and international Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) comes together to make decisions regarding Scopus' content and content policies. Our next meeting starts Wednesday in Amsterdam and will coincide with the launch of Scopus' 10 Year celebration. Check out what I last wrote about the work they do.

In addtion to the usual discussion topics: publication ethics, review processes and ongoing content projects such as the Scopus Books Expansion program and the Cited References Expansion program, Board members will get to meet more of the people who work on Scopus! From customer support to market development to the Elsevier Research Intelligence analytics team, I know that the presentations and discussions will be engaging and lively.

So what is the CSAB exactly and what do they do? The Scopus Content Selection & Advisory Board is an international group of scientists, researchers and librarians who each represent a major scientific discipline.

The Scopus h-index, what's it all about? Part II

on Fri, 05/09/2014 - 14:23

Yesterday we brought you the first of two posts on the h-index. Since many of the questions the Scopus team receives from users are related to the h-index and how it is calculated, we thought it was a worthy topic for two posts. Today's post, Part II, is focused on a specific author and his/her h-index. Thanks again to our guest author Meshna Koren, Second Line Support Manager for Scopus (also known as "she who knows all about Scopus").

Obviously, nobody cares about an h-index for articles about water and ice on Mars; people want to be able to evaluate another author's work! So they'd run a search more like this instead: AU-ID(26643014200) or AU-ID("Baker, Victor R." 26643014200) which would return all articles that were written by Mr. Baker. We get the results, we calculate Citation Overview and we look at the great h-index of 40.

This is a high value for one author.