product profile SCOPUS

Bibliometrics Product Profile sheet
Last edited: May 2 2011
1. Name of the product
2. Access
Subscription-based service from Elsevier.
3. Web link
4. Related products
The main subscription alternative is ISI Web of Science and Journal Citation
Reports. Google Scholar with Publish or Perish software provides a free
alternative to try out.
SCImago Journal and Country Rankings is a free product that uses the same
dataset from Elsevier, but applying a different PageRank type approach to
5. Main bibliometric
and related uses
The suite of citation analysis tools is available through their Research
Performance Management (RPM) interface.
a. Article Analysis and Impact
i) Each document returned indicates the number of citations found in the
database and these can be viewed in detail
ii)The View Citation Overview option provides for analysis of individual
articles or sets, presents analysis by year, and provides the h-index for the set
b. Individual or Group Author analysis
i) For any set of references for author(s) you can view the citing articles.
ii) Use View Citation Overview for the main analysis of citation counts by year,
and to view the h- index for the author or group
c. Journal Analysis
i) Use the Analytics tab to avail of the Journal Analyzer tool for summary
information. Drag and drop your chosen title to get analysis of the journal.
This provides for each year: number of articles published; number of
citations; number of articles not cited at all
Two other journal rankings are provided, that are not in Journal Citation
SJR which weights citations according to the prestige of their source journal.
SNIP which corrects for differences in the frequency of citation across
research fields and is therefore a normalised indicator that can be compared
across research fields
You can compare the performance of various journals within one graph/table
to aid publication strategy
ii) For detailed article analysis within a journal use the Sources tab. This
provides the SJR and SNIP rankings for the entire journal which are
alternatives to the ISI Journal Impact Factor. Move into Citation Overview to
get citation counts, detailed citation information and the h-index for the
whole set of journal title articles, year by year
6. The dataset
The database, launched in 2004, is updated daily.
Over 18,000 titles as of July 2010; 4,300 journals in Life Sciences, 6,800 in
Health Sciences including 100% Medline coverage, 7,200 in Physical Sciences,
5,300 in Social Sciences and Humanities.
A wider coverage in Social Sciences than the ISI dataset. Includes conference
papers proceedings – 3.7 million papers as of July 2010.
Better coverage beyond the USA than the ISI dataset - more than half of
Scopus content originates from Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific
region and also better coverage of books and conference proceedings.
Includes 1200 Open Access journals.
7. Other notable
Unlike ISI, excludes self citations – and excludes these for all co-authors not
just the first author of the paper.
Author Search and Affiliation Search with the Scopus affiliation ID is an
attempt to address problems of lack of standard forms of these in a better
way than ISI.
Various visualisations of citation analysis are offered.
Live Chat support is offered.
8. Issues
Citation trail only goes back to 199. All calculations are only based on that set
of citations - 1996 to date- both for citing journals and for the cited materials
too, so the h-index is only calculated on citations to work published since
9. Further information
Scopus provide a good guide to this product at