Skip directly to content

2014 – Scopus’ Year in Review

on Mon, 01/05/2015 - 10:07

2014 was a banner year for Scopus featuring great releases, further content expansion for all content types and continuous product improvements based on your feedback. Let’s take a closer look at last year's high points:

  • First, 2014 marked the 10th anniversary of Scopus. Since its launch in 2004, Scopus has grown to become the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, containing 55 million records and more than 21,000 journals from all major fields.

Watch a visual overview of the last 10 years

Download the Research Trends Special Issue on the 10 years of Scopus


  • In combination with our 10 year anniversary, we initiated a site improvement program resulting in the launch of a more streamlined interface. This was followed by a redesign of the Author Profile Page as well as the introduction of a Simplified Chinese user interface and help files (to learn more about this release, check out the full release notes).
  • The independent and international Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) came together twice to discuss Scopus’ content and content policies.  Topics discussed included publication ethics, title evaluation processes, content expansion and ongoing content development programs.
  • The Cited References Expansion project was launched, aiming to increase the depth of Scopus’ scholarly content while enhancing the ability to use Scopus for evaluation and trend analysis. Moreover, with cited references now going back to 1970, author profiles and h-index counts of researchers who published articles prior to 1996 will be more complete.
  • As part of the Scopus Book Titles Expansion program, our content operations team worked hard to process an increasing number of books, reaching 50,000+ titles by the end of the year. We expect to fully index 75,000 books by the end of the project.
  • November  2014 saw the announcement of two very important partnerships:
  1. U.S. News & World Report, a leading U.S.-based publisher of education analysis and rankings, unveiled the inaugural Best Arab Region Universities rankings based on research data from Scopus and metrics powered by SciVal, Elsevier’s research metrics analysis tool.
  2. Times Higher Education (THE), a global leader in university rankings, announced their decision to work with the Scopus database and SciVal for its World University Ranking and other rankings including the 100 Under 50, Asia University and BRICS & Emerging Economies rankings.

Looking ahead, we are constantly seeking to improve both our content and functionality so as to keep pace with the evolving demands of the research community. For further insights as to what’s in store for the future, watch how key Elsevier thought leaders imagine tomorrow.