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Scopus gets a more streamlined look

on Wed, 12/07/2016 - 17:22

In continuation to earlier workflow improvements made on Scopus, you may have noticed some additional changes to the Scopus homepage recently! We encourage you to go to Scopus now and check out the new streamlined look. Here are a few tips to help you get up to speed (click on figures to expand view):

Document Search

  1. “Compare journals” has been renamed to “Compare sources”.
  2.  “Add search field” is now represented by a “+” button. Click on this to add an additional search field. To remove additional search fields you can click the “-“ button.
  3. The “limit to” section is now hidden by default. You can click on the “Limit” drop down link to display the date range (inclusive) and document type filters.
  4. The subject areas in the “limit to” section have been removed. As default, all subject areas will be used when doing a search. You can still filter on subject areas after you have done a search using the refine panel on the left hand side.


Release Date: 
December 8 2016

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
Release Date: 
September 28 2016

Advisory for Citation Export, minor processing delays anticipated for October 14, 2015

on Wed, 10/14/2015 - 13:22

Please note that today, October 14, we will be performing an upgrade to our systems which will temporarily impact large data export requests. During 3-4pm EST, users may experience delays of 30-45 minutes for exports above 2,000 records. Typically, these requests take a few minutes. We will update this blog when the upgrade is complete and export processing times are back to normal.  

Release Date: 
October 14 2015

New Scopus Article Metrics: A better way to benchmark articles

on Wed, 07/29/2015 - 19:25

Altmetrics were never meant as a replacement to established metrics, rather as a way to augment mainstream bibliometrics. With the release of the new Article Metrics module on Scopus, we hope to bring altmetrics one step closer to dropping the “alt.”

The Scopus Article Metrics module was designed in accordance with 12 principles for the responsible use of metrics1 and includes new metrics based on four alternative metrics categories2 endorsed by the Snowball Metrics project:

  • Scholarly Activity — Downloads and posts in common research tools such as Mendeley and CiteULike
  • Social Activity — Mentions characterized by rapid, brief engagement on platforms used by the public, such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+
  • Scholarly Commentary — Reviews, articles and blogs by experts and scholars, such as F1000 Prime, research blogs and Wikipedia
  • Mass Media — Coverage of research output in the mass media (e.g., coverage in top tier media media)

“We believe no single metric tells the whole story — you need a

Release Date: 
July 29 2015

Scopus to launch Open Access indicator for journals on July 29

on Fri, 07/17/2015 - 08:48

On July 29, Scopus will launch an Open Access indicator for journals indexed in Scopus. This indicator will allow users to easily identify Open Access journals within Scopus via the ‘Browse Sources’ link. This link provides an alphabetical list of all journals, book series, trade publications, and conference proceedings available in Scopus.

About Open Access in Scopus

Out of the +21,000 active journals indexed in Scopus, 3,785 are currently (June 2015) registered as Open Access (OA) journals. OA refers to journals in which all peer reviewed scholarly articles are available
online without any restrictions.In Scopus, journals are registered as being OA journals only if they are registered as Gold OA or Subsidized OA at one or both of the following sources: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources (ROAD).

Please note that in Scopus, Open Access is only

Release Date: 
July 29 2015

Scopus further increases interoperability with SciVal

on Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:03

Instantly evaluate Scopus results in SciVal

On March 25, Scopus added the ability to directly export a list of Scopus documents to SciVal, Elsevier’s benchmarking and analytics product,to enable further analysis.Available to users with access to both products, the ‘Scopus to SciVal export’ feature reduces the number of steps when using the two products together.

This new feature further increases the interoperability between Scopus and SciVal, both products within the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio.

Here is how the Scopus to SciVal export works:

Step 1: The user enters a search in Scopus.

Step 2: From the search result page, the user selects the desired documents and adds them to a temporary Scopus list,
by going to the 'More’ option and choosing ‘Add to My list’.


Step 3: From ‘My list’ in Scopus, the user will see the option to ‘Export a list to SciVal’.

Release Date: 
March 25 2015

Scopus increases interoperability with SciVal and introduces new journal metric

on Fri, 12/05/2014 - 08:57

On December 4, Scopus released two important new features. The Scopus header has been redesigned to increase the interoperability with SciVal, Elsevier’s benchmarking and analytics product. Also a new journal metric called Impact per Publication (IPP) has been added to allow researchers and librarians better compare and evaluate journals.

Redesigned Scopus header: increased interoperabillity with SciVal
The Scopus header has been updated to align more closely with SciVal, Elsevier’s benchmarking and analytics product in the Elsevier Research Intelligence portfolio.  SciVal, launched in January 2014, is built on top of Scopus data and it allows users to compare and benchmark institutions, research areas and researchers.

Screenshot 1: Redesigned Scopus header

This change in the Scopus header is the first step to increase the interoperability between Scopus and SciVal making it easier for the user who has access to

Release Date: 
December 4 2014

Scopus interface improvements released Saturday, September 6

on Mon, 09/08/2014 - 08:46

Since launching a more streamlined interface in February, the Scopus Team has been working on additional site developments that include enhancing Scopus analysis tools as well as improving ORCID functionality.

Taking a close look at the Scopus analysis tools, the team made some changes that better support day-to-day research tasks. As a result all analysis tools have been redesigned to provide a more consistent experience across Scopus. Specifically, these 3 tools have been improved and renamed and now include new features such as the option to export charts and graphs.

Old Scopus name

New Scopus name

Location on Scopus

Analyze Results

Analyze Search Results

Document Search Result page

Author Evaluator

Analyze Author Output

Author Details page

Analyze Journals

Compare Journals

Main search page


New Analyze Search Results illustrating documents by subject area:



New Analyze Author Output with

Release Date: 
September 6 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

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