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Scopus undergoes testing to improve your search experience

on Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:45

A few weeks ago, we posted on the importance of A/B testing and how it allows us to make better data-driven decisions about how to improve Scopus. In part two, we will focus on improvements to Scopus search that will start this coming week. This work will enable us to move forward with improvements to the search experience. For example, due to timing differences during processing, citation count values may appear to be different from (e.g. between search results and citation overview). This asynchronicity will be resolved once the changes are complete.

During this time, below are some of the things you may notice:

  • Search results: You might observe slight changes in the number of results returned. Or the ordering of results for the same search at different times (but not during a single session) could be different. Two different users at the same institution, or one person using multiple computers such as at home vs. at work, may see differences in search results.
  • Alerts and saved searches: You may see a difference between the results or number of results from saved searches and alerts vs. live searches on 
  • Citation counts: You will see discrepancies in citation counts between the search and the citation overview. This already happens in Scopus due to timing differences; our aim is to solve this issue with our upgrades.

While we are making these improvements, you may see some discrepancy and we are working to ensure disruption to users is minimized. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but please be assured it is a temporary effect and will disappear once our upgrades are completed. If you experience any issues, please contact our helpdesk so we can help you sort it out.

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