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Faculty Guide to Library & Archives Services

New to the college? Just back from sabbatical?  Can't remember where to go to get the help you need at the library?  This guide will point you in the right direction.

Introduction to Scopus

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.

Scopus delivers a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. The database features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

More than 60 million journal records in Scopus, which includes:

  • Over 21,500 peer-reviewed journals, of which more than 4,200 are full open access
  • Over 360 trade publications
  • Publications from more than 5,000 international publishers, including Cambridge University Press, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Nature Publishing Group, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell and, of course, Elsevier
  • Articles-in-press (i.e., articles that have been accepted for publication) from more than 5,000 titles

More than 130,000 books, available in Scopus and 10,000 added each year.

  • Plus, more than 1100 Book Series containing over 34,000 individual volumes
  • Subject areas: Focus on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities, but also  includes Science, Technology & Medicine (STM)
  • Coverage years: Back to 2003 for all subject areas
  • Book types: Monographs, edited volumes, major reference works, and graduate level text books

The information for this LibGuide is from the Elsevier Scopus site -

Journal Analytics

Scopus features analytical tools to help you better understand and gain important insights into the data you are viewing. These tools include graphical displays, charts and tables that can be manipulated so you can view specific parameters.

  • Analyze search results: Understand your search metrics better with a visual analysis of your search results broken up into seven categories (year, source, author, affiliation, country or territory, document type and subject area).
  • Compare journals: Gain a more complete analysis of the journal landscape. Select up to 10 journals to upload into graphs for comparative analysis and compare using a variety of metrics.
  • Article metric module: Quickly see the citation impact and scholarly community engagement for an article. A sidebar on the article page highlights the minimal number of meaningful metrics a researcher needs to evaluate both citation impact and levels of community engagement. Clicking on <View all metrics> opens the metrics details page displaying all available metrics and the underlying content for further analysis and understanding.
  • Citation overview: Analyze the citation trend for any given article, set of results or for a list of author documents. The overview displays, in table format, the number of citations per year for each article you select.
  • Author profile page: You can easily analyze and track an individual’s citation history. From their profile page, view an author’s total citation and document count, h-index, ORCID record (if available) and access a collection of in-depth and visual analysis tools designed to provide a better picture of an individual’s publication history and influence.

Research Metrics

A comprehensive suite of metrics embedded throughout Scopus is designed to help facilitate evaluation and provide a better view of your research interests. Whether you are looking for metrics at the journal, article or author level, Scopus combines its sophisticated analytical capabilities with its unbiased and broad content coverage to help you build valuable insights.

More information regarding Research Metrics available here.