Database Information: Scopus
Scopus is an extensive abstract and citation database that provides comprehensive coverage of peer-reviewed journals, books, conference abstracts, and patents across the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Using Scopus, you can:
Create customized searches for peer-reviewed literature across many disciplines
- View citations to journal articles
- Access the full text of documents provided by subscriptions through the University Libraries
- View profiles for authors indexed by Scopus, which include measures of scholarly impact like h-index and publication counts
This wealth of available data makes Scopus useful for searching for literature that can help you with your research and determining the impact of scholarly works.
Searching in Scopus
You can search Scopus for documents, authors, and affiliations, as well as create advanced searches customized to your needs.
Searching for documents
On the Scopus home page, you can search for documents based on search terms provided in article titles, keywords, publication names, and many other facets. To begin, enter your search terms in the field provided and use the dropdown box to specify which fields to search.
You can repeat this process to include additional search terms in different fields. You also have the option to specify date range, document type, and subject areas for the returned results. When you complete your search, the results are presented in a list as shown below.
From this view, you can sort results, refine the results, export and download records, and access complete records for publications. Clicking on a result title opens the full Scopus record for the publication. To access the full text of a record, you can click the Find It or View at Publisher buttons.
Searching for authors
To search for authors, click the Author search tab above the search box.
Here you can search for authors and documents they have published based on name, affiliation, and even ORCID.
You can also narrow your search by exact matches only or by limiting results to specified subject areas. Each author returned in the results list links to a page that profiles their publications and citations as well as provides measures of their scholarly impact.
Searching for affiliations
To search for affiliations (i.e., institutions), click the Affiliation search tab above the search box.
Here, you can search by institution name, such as University of Minnesota.
Results from this search link to affiliation profiles that provide access to documents and authors associated with the respective institution. In addition, these profiles provide some statistics of an affiliation’s scholarly output, including documents by subject area, documents by publication source, and collaborating institutions.
Creating advanced searches
Scopus provides the option of creating advanced searches to customize the results that are returned. To do this, click the Advanced search tab above the search box.
In this page, you are provided a text box where you can specify all the parameters of your search using the field codes listed.
Getting Full Text
When using Library resources, the FindIt link is your connection to accessing the full text of articles if a PDF link is not already visible.
This short video will show you how to get to the articles you need for your research paper or other University of Minnesota assignments. Never pay for articles! If we don't have it online, request it and we will get it for you. Also view examples in our How to get to full text from on and off campus guide.
Exporting Results From Scopus
Scopus allows you to export results lists (including all search results, ‘My Lists’ and ‘Saved Lists’), documents and documents references. These can be exported either to a file or a reference management tool (e.g. Mendeley, RefWorks).
- Select the document or documents you would like to export.
- Click the ‘Export’ link. The Export document settings page opens.
- If this is the first time you are exporting, select your preferred reference management tool or a preferred file type.
- Click the ‘Export’ button on the export options box, if required by the options you selected.
- Your export begins.
You can export up to 500 items to Mendeley, 2,000 items to any of the other export options, and up to 20,000 records in ‘Citations Only’ format to a CSV file. For CSV files, accented characters do not display correctly in Excel unless you save the file and then use Excel's data import functionality to view the file.
Saving Results/Personal Account in Scopus
You can create an Elsevier account for free. With an Elsevier account you can save a search from any documents results list, or from within your current search history.
- Create a Saved search
Note: You can save up to 200 searches.
- Run a document search or an advanced search. A document search results page opens.
- From your document search results, click ‘Save’ in the toolbar which appears above your search results. The Save this search popup opens.
- From within the Save this search popup, enter a name for the new Saved search.
- Click ‘Save’. Your search is saved and is accessible from the Saved searches page.
If you are not signed into Scopus, you have the option to add selected documents from your results list to a temporary session-based list. When you sign out of Scopus, the documents in your temporary list are deleted. If you are signed into Scopus, you have the option to save documents to a list which may be accessed anytime you are signed into Scopus. You can rename, edit, delete, add documents to, or export your lists of documents in Scopus account. These lists are available any time when you sign in to Scopus and can be modified or exported according to your research needs.Access your Saved lists from the ‘Lists’ link in the Scopus header, or by using the following option:Click your profile manager located in the top right corner. A drop-down menu displays. Click ‘Saved lists’. The Saved lists page opens.
Auto Alerts in Scopus
You can setup and manage alerts in Scopus
From a search results list, click ‘Set alert’. The Set search alert page opens.
- From the Set search alert page or Set Alert pop-up, enter a ‘Name of alert’.
- In ‘E-mail address’, enter the email address for alert notifications.
This field automatically displays the email address entered when you first registered to use Scopus.
You can also enter email addresses of colleagues. Separate multiple email addresses with a semicolon, comma, or space, or press ‘Enter’ on your keyboard. If a colleague unsubscribes from the alert, you will receive an email informing you of the action.
- From ‘Frequency’, select how often you want to receive alert email notices. For weekly alerts you can choose which day of the week you receive the alert, and for monthly alerts you can choose which day you receive the alert.
Note: If there are no new documents matching your alert criteria during the timeframe or frequency you choose, you will not receive an alert.
- Select ‘Active’ or ‘Inactive’ as the status of your alert.
You can change this setting on the Alerts page without losing your frequency preferences. Setting an alert to ‘Inactive’ status does not delete the alert.
- Click ‘Save’ or ‘Set Alert’ to save the alert.
Scopus and Manifold
Scopus and Manifold
Scopus is useful for learning and research. Beyond serving as simply a citation index, however, It is also useful for assessing scholarly impact. As a result, data from Scopus form the foundation for Manifold, one of the University's research impact tracking systems.
What is Manifold?
Manifold is a web-accessible interface that generates profiles and reports of research impact and scholarly output for faculty and departments in the University of Minnesota Medical School. Built in response to emerging expectations and needs around faculty scholarship, Manifold harvests publication data from Scopus, including citation counts, to provide metrics of research impact and productivity for Medical School faculty and departments. In addition, Manifold provides an easy mechanism for identifying nominees for the Wall of Scholarship, which showcases research excellence among Medical School faculty. As more needs around assessment emerge at the University, the system continues to be enhanced to meet new demands on the data that Scopus provides on faculty scholarship.
For more information about Manifold, please consult the Manifold Frequently Asked Questions page.