A new look for Scopus

Have you used Scopus recently? The interface has been refreshed, giving it a generally less cluttered appearance. ‘Alerts’ and ‘Lists’ are now in the toolbar at the top of the page. Other functions have been moved to what Scopus are calling a “spine” – a sidebar which is activated by clicking a three-line menu icon familiar from many mobile apps.

One particularly interesting new feature is a link on an ‘Author Details’ page which exports an Author’s Scopus profile into SciVal.

A summary of these changes can be found on the Scopus blog.

Your address in Scopus

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The author address in Scopus

Scopus decides which institution you belong to by looking at the address you give in your most recent paper. Once this has been published it is hard to change it so it is important that you give Swansea University as your institution in any paper you write.

Why is my address important?

If your paper does not appear as Swansea University it will not count towards any analysis done on the university such as the one for the Times World rankings. Other universities will have this issue so Scopus claim that overall it shouldn’t affect the university score but we think it would be best for the university to keep missed people to a minimum!

If you have more than one institution, for example, Singleton Hospital and Swansea University you can give both but Scopus will take your affiliation from the last one listed so it would be best to give Singleton Hospital , Swansea University.

How can I check my profile in Scopus?

Simply go to http://www.scopus.com , click on author search and enter your details.

Scopus give links to request corrections if you feel your papers have been attributed to someone else or need other corrections but they don’t give an option to change affiliation. This makes it important to think about what you give as your address when submitting articles.

Tips for using Scopus: Check your author profile


The REF will be using data from SCOPUS for citations analysis. BIS (Dept for Business Innovation & Skills) used SCOPUS data to map areas of expertise in the UK  in the ‘International Comparative Performance of the UK Research Base, 2011’.


What sort of errors can occur? Most commonly these will come from variant forms of the names of the author and the institution or research body.

AUTHOR DETAILS –If there are variants of your author name, Scopus will try to bring these together  to help locate all of an author’s works indexed in the database. Check your entries by doing an AUTHOR SEARCH Find your name on the list and click on it to view the author profile page.  On the author profile page, you can check your entries and contact SCOPUS to have any errors corrected.

Conatact your subject librarian or researchlis@swansea.ac.uk

Tips for using Scopus: compare journals in your field

We ran a fully-booked session on “Getting Published” for Postgraduates this week in the library. One of the topics we looked at was finding the journals in your subject that have the biggest impact factor. The “Impact Factor” of a journal is a metric developed and owned by Thomson Reuters. Swansea University staff and students can use their Journal Citation Reports database for Social Sciences or Science to find the “Impact Factor” and other rankings for journals.

Scopus has its own alternative metric for assessing journal impact and ranking called the SJR (Scimago Journal Rank). This can be queried on the Scimago website (freely available) or from within the Scopus database. Some journals are ranked using this metric that do not appear on the Journal Citation Reports, in particular more recent journals as JCR requires three years of citation data before a journal can be ranked.

From within Scopus, click “Analytics” on the blue menu bar.

Search for a journal e.g. “Welsh History Review”. You can then drag and drop the journal title into the right-hand area to view line charts or tables for that journal. Search for more journals (e.g. “English Historical Review”) and add them to compare citation patterns. Use the slider tool below the chart to restrict to more recent years. Citation patterns are not usually comparable across subject areas – there is a drop-down list of subject areas below the search box if you wish to restrict the journals you are viewing.

To view all journals within a subject area by ranking, the Scimago website has a handy Journal Rankings facility.

Tips for using Scopus: finding the most significant articles on a topic

Swansea University library has a subscription to the SCOPUS database, a vast multidisciplinary index of academic materials. The database is straightforward to use for a search and will hopefully retrieve a substantial set of results for your topic. However, if you wish to identify which are the most influential articles for your topic, you can use the “Sort By” drop-down box to re-order your results and display the most-cited articles first:
When you have selected to view details of a particular article in SCOPUS, you can then click through to see details of all the articles that cite it:
Screenshot of Scopus showing option to view citations
There is then a further option to analyze this citation data:
Scopus screenshot showing Analyze Results

You can then view the citation patterns according to these criteria:

  • Year: see the pattern of citations over time
  • Source: see which journal titles it was cited in
  • Author: see which authors cited the article the most
  • Affiliation name: see which institutions cited the article the most
  • Country
  • Document Type e.g. article, conference paper etc.
  • Subject area
You can also export the citation data as a .csv file (suitable for use in Excel): the export file will only contain the data for the specific criteria you are viewing (e.g. Year).


For more information, see our Guide to Scopus for Researchers (PDF) and a general guide to using Scopus (PDF).

New e-Resource now available – SCOPUS database

Swansea University Library now has a subscription to SCOPUS.

SCOPUS is the largest abstract and citation database of both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. With nearly 19,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide, SCOPUS offers researchers a quick, easy and comprehensive resource to support their research needs in a wide variety of subjects including science, engineering, medicine, health and life sciences, arts and humanities, social sciences, psychology, and economics.

If you are a researcher you can…

  • …find out who is citing you, and how many citations an article or an author has received.
  • …use the refine results overview to quickly see the main journals, disciplines and authors that publish in your area of interest.
  • …uncover important and relevant articles for your topic.

Take a look at these online tutorials to see how SCOPUS can help your research.

Available both on and off campus, you can access SCOPUS using this link to iFind Discover, the library catalogue and click on the Access this resource link (Athens username and password required)

If you need any further help using this new resource please contact your subject librarians