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What's new on Scopus: DataSearch linking, Affiliation page changes and updates to Alerts

on Thu, 09/28/2017 - 20:04

What’s new in Scopus? Below is an overview of the 3 most recent changes to note and explore.

  • DataSearch link integration
  • New look & feel for the Affiliation details page
  • Scopus Alerting system updating on October 2nd

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DataSearch ( is an Elsevier search engine dedicated to research data. It is the first search engine that can search not only in the description or metadata of the articles, but also in the data itself. It is also possible to see a preview of the data directly from the search results, as well as downloading the full dataset. More information about DataSearch can be found here.

The new collaboration with DataSearch means that when you run a search in Scopus, the same search will concurrently run in DataSearch. If any data results are found, you will find a link (listing the number of results found) on the Scopus search results page. Clicking on this link will open a new window in DataSearch. Both simple search and advance search are supported, but note that very complex searches may not return any results from DataSearch.

As an example, here’s how it looks on Scopus. The first image shows the Scopus search results page with the DataSearch link appearing on the right-hand side of the blue bar.

Clicking on the link opens the DataSearch search results page, as shown in the image below.

The datasets and data types covered by DataSearch are listed below.

Covers datasets deposited inData types supported by DataSearch

Harvard Dataverse
DataSpace Princeton
Apollo - Cambridge
ThermoML at NIST TRC
DSpace - Washington
Med Sans Frontieres
Mendeley Data
LSHTM Data Compass

Tabular Data 
File Set
Sequencing Data
Geospatial Data

By default, when arriving from Scopus, only Data Repositories are selected. DataSearch is also able to retrieve data associated to journal articles from a number of article based repository. If desired, go to the left bar to edit the DataSearch filters.

New look and feel for the Affiliation details page

When searching and exploring an Affiliation page on Scopus, you will find the Affiliation has been organized differently and with an updated look and feel. 

This image provides a quick overview of the changes with corresponding callout information listed below.

1. Other name formats appear under the “Affiliation ID” number and are sorted horizontally

2. Find the “View potential affiliation matches” link under the “Follow this affiliation” button

3. Documents, authors and patent results counts for the affiliation now appear as separate cards on the right-hand side of the page and the main information for the affiliation

4. New tabs are available allowing you to view an affiliation’s output based on subject area, affiliation hierarchy, collaborating affiliations and source title

5. When the “Documents by subject area” tab is selected, the pie-chart and column information is displayed together under one tab.  You can also use the new “Sort by” option (5a) to select how the table is displayed.

When relevant to an institution, the new “Affiliation hierarchy” tab will be displayed. This new tab provides views into multiple hierarchies that you can select and group with an affiliation if desired.

Under the “Collaborating affiliations” tab, you will find affiliations are now sorted in a table by highest to lowest document count and pagination has been added for easier navigating.

Under the “Documents by source” tab the list of sources are now in a table sorted by highest to lowest document count.

Grouped affiliations

You can use the “View potential affiliation matches” to group affiliations. The limit for grouping affiliations has been increased from 50 to 700 (note loading time may increase before page is refreshed). You will also notice that the total grouped affiliation section has been updated and is consistent with the top section of Affiliation details page.

Scopus Alerting system updating on October 2nd

On October 2nd, Scopus alerts will migrate to a new system. What does this mean for alert recipients?

  1. After the migration your alerts will appear with a refreshed template, offering a cleaner look and feel.
  2. The email sender address will change to: rather than
  3. Alerts will display the first 20 documents instead of 25
  4. Some of the rarely used alerting frequency options will be removed
  5. For approximately one month after the migration (October 2 thru early November), it’s possible you may receive alerts from both systems
  6. On October 2nd, the “edit” and “create” functions will be deactivated for less than 24 hours. You will still continue to receive alert emails, but will not be able to create new alerts or modify existing alerts for that window of time. A message box will appear on the alerts page to notify users of the brief downtime.

As an example, here is what the new Search Alert email will look like:


Release Date: 
September 28 2017