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Scopus Experiencing Search Issues

on Fri, 12/23/2016 - 17:40

Scopus is experiencing issues which, at times, may result in search functionality to become temporarily disabled.

It is possible that this problem may continue during the holiday period while we work to resolve it.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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World Lung Cancer Day: Finding relevant content in Scopus

on Mon, 08/01/2016 - 22:08

August 1st is World Lung Cancer Day and in recognition of the research leading the way to understanding, educating, treating and eventually curing one of the most common types of cancer, we take a look at Scopus to see what content we can find (click on the images to expand).  

A basic search in Scopus for “Lung Cancer” returns close to 176,000 results dating from 1921 to 2016.

To better understand our results, we clicked on <Analyze search results>. This opens an interactive way of delving further into our results, for example, looking at the <Documents by year> tab shows a steady growth in publications over the past 50 years, and a greater spike in the last 15 years.

Switching over to the <Affiliation> tab, we can also see that the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the National Cancer Institute, have the most output relating to our search.

We can also look at the <Author> tab to find that the researcher with the most output relating to our “Lung Cancer”

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

6 simple search tips: Lessons learned from the Scopus Webinar

on Sun, 04/10/2016 - 22:20

Gillian Griffiths, Senior Scopus Product Manager and search specialist, recently held a webinar sharing "Scopus search tips to make your research more effective." In case you missed it, you can watch the recording here.

First, it’s important to know that the data in Scopus is highly structured; every piece of information is tagged, even down to the initials of the author in a reference inside an article’s list of references. This is what ensures that your search will be precise and return reliable results, and also differentiates Scopus from web search engines (watch minutes 00:09:30-00:12:43 to learn more).

As put by Gillian in the webinar, search is the process of "connecting the question in your head to the information inside the 61+ million items in Scopus."  So, what do you need to know in order to get the best results for your question? Here are 6 key things to keep in mind:

Corresponds to minutes 00:12:57-00:26:52 of the webcast:

1. Loose phrases vs. separate words

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Analyze thousands of search results in less than a minute

on Mon, 05/18/2015 - 17:43

The Analyze search results tool

The next time you search in Scopus, gain more insight into your results by using the <Analyze search results> feature located at the top of your search results page. It provides a visual analysis of your results broken up into 7 categories (year, source, author, affiliation, country/territory, document type and subject area).

For example, let’s say you want to know which organizations are producing the most content about “wearable technology.” You run your search, which results in a list of over 4,000 publications. But then you click on <Analyze search results>, open the <Affiliation’ tab>, and find your answer—all in about 30 seconds. Then you decide to browse the other tabs and discover that 54.8% of the documents matching your results are from Conference Papers, helping you isolate the most cutting-edge research. <Analyze search results> provides a quick and effective way of breaking down and understanding your search results to guide you to the information you’re looking for.

Celebrating the ultimate pi moment

on Fri, 03/13/2015 - 09:49

Pi Day is observed annually on March 14, commemorating the famous mathematical constant π (pi) that represents the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

On the occasion of Pi Day we dug through our Scopus math content: from a total of 2.3M+ results for subject area ''mathematics'', 71.4% of the content comes from journal articles, while 22.7% is derived from conference papers (compared to 82.3% and 15.1% respectively from one year ago).

You can view the complete breakdown below:

Read more about Elsevier mathematics journals and learn about free access to archived articles.

Did you know?

  • Albert Einstein's birthday also falls on March 14.

  • Pi Day 2015 is quite special, since there will be an instant when the first 10 digits of Pi are reflected on the (US) date/time format (3/14/15, 9:26:53).

Service Announcement: Scopus issue with search

on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 11:25

Update (Saturday, December 20, 2014):

We are pleased to report that the issue with our search engine has been resolved, particularly with respect to cardinality and associated features. We are monitoring the system closely.  If you experience any other issues with Scopus, please contact the help desk using "Help and Contact" link in Scopus.


Original Post (Friday, December 19, 2014):

Scopus is experiencing an issue with its search engine, particularly with respect to cardinality. This means that in many instances, searches are returning incorrect record counts, citation counts, etc. despite the fact that the records themselves are in the index. Side effects include search results, affiliation and author result, record count is lower than actual. This is also causing issues with wild card searches in the advanced search field, returning inconsistent results in search.

We believe we have identified the root cause and will update when a fix has been identified. 

Service Announcement: Scopus experiencing issues with search

on Thu, 11/27/2014 - 10:28

Update (11:30AM CET):

We are pleased to report that the issue with our search engine has been resolved, particularly with respect to cardinality and associated features. We are monitoring the system closely. Additionally, the Scopus and ORCID Author Feedback Wizard tools are also back online. If you experience any other issues with Scopus, please contact the help desk using "Help and Contact" link in Scopus.

Again, thank you for your patience. 


Original post:

Scopus is experiencing an issue with its search engine, particularly with respect to cardinality. This means that in many instances, searches are returning incorrect record counts, incorrect document and citation counts, etc. despite the fact that the records themselves are in the index. Side effects include degraded h-index calculations, and author publication counts. Other issues are becoming clearer as we monitor help desk reports.

We believe we have identified the root cause and are now in the process of implementing a fix. 

Scopus, Spinoza and the Arts & Humanities

on Mon, 03/17/2014 - 13:21

Increasingly people are aware that Scopus is by far the largest scholarly database for the humanities. Out of 8,000 active journals and book series titles in the social sciences 2,600 are in Arts & Humanities. Next to that our books expansion program is beginning to show impressive numbers with thousands of monographs also being indexed in Scopus.

But perhaps less well known is that the influence of Arts & Humanities is also noticeable in other fields. Let’s have a look at this and take as case in point the works of Benedict de Spinoza, who was born almost four hundred years ago actually not that far from our office here in Amsterdam. He wrote on many philosophical topics such as politics and psychology and has been credited for pre-empting the Enlightenment . He even wrote on the concept of “scopus” (an intended goal)! Einstein once said that if he believed in a god it would be the god of Spinoza.

If you search for Spinoza in Scopus you will get an impressive list of records: 219

Scopus celebrates Pi Day

on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 00:33

Happy Pi day! 3.14159 (or the number otherwise known as Pi or π) is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. This irrational number has long intrigued mathematicians and has even found a place in pop culture with its own holiday. Even our friends at ElsevierConnect have written about it today.

Pi appears throughout history. From Antiquity (there’s debate about if the Giza Pyramid builders had knowledge of Pi), to ancient Greek, Chinese, Indian and Persian mathematicians (including Archimedes, Liu Hui, Aryabhata and Jamshīd al-Kāshī), to 17th and 18th century European mathematicians and into the modern computer age.

So let’s talk about Scopus’ math content. An Advanced search for SUBJAREA(MATH) yields more than 2.1M results. 2.114221 to be precise (search executed 3/14/2014). Refining the initial search using the limiter “pi” narrows the results to 40,402 documents.

By clicking on “Analyze results” you can see more detail about these 40,402 records including popular

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