Guest post: Hocus Scopus
With 46 million records of peer-reviewed literature, Elsevier’s SciVerse Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database, with citation data for papers published from 1996 onwards. It’s a valuable resource for finding scholarly literature, but also offers tools for analyzing journal performance, finding out where and how frequently authors and articles are being cited, and tracking research trends. Some of the REF panels will be using citation data as one of several indicators of academic significance during the assessment process, and Scopus has been selected as the provider of this data. In this post I’m going to share some tips on how to get started with Scopus.
There is a useful set of short online tutorials on how to use Scopus here, which you can play, pause, or just click through. The SciVerseTraining Desk provides a range of training videos with more details on how to make the most of this database. Also, on the top right of every page of the Scopus there is a ‘help’ link to more information about particular tools and services.Document Search
- This tutorial explains how to carry out a document search, and also shows how citation analysis is built into the search results.
- It is worth registering for a personal account with Scopus if you want to save searches to run in future browsing sessions, set up alerts every time documents matching your search terms are uploaded to Scopus, or every time a document or author is cited.
- One useful feature is Scopus’ Document Download Manager. If the Library subscribes to journal content listed in the search results, Scopus allows you to save time by downloading multiple article pdfs.
- Another tutorial shows how you can select up to ten journals to analyse using SJR and SNIP, as well as simpler metrics like the total number of citations received in a year, and the total number of documents published in a year. You can view the data as a line chart or table. The line chart has data points which you can mouse over get a snapshot of journal performance at a moment in time.
- This tutorial shows how to search by author and affiliation, and how you can track research by setting up alerts to be notified when a given author is cited or publishes a new document.
- The author details page provides information about an author’s publishing history and research interests, and is a starting point for finding co-authors, tracking citations, and using the author evaluator tool. This displays an author’s publishing output, the number of citations received, and the h-index in the form of a graph and document list.
- Errors of attribution and affiliation do occur. To correct records, click on ‘give feedback’ on the author details page, then ‘request author detail corrections’ and use the ‘wizard’ to input and review the information. The correction goes back to the Scopus feedback team.
Citation data is only one kind of indicator for evaluating research. For a good general introduction to the use of bibliometrics in research assessment, see the Measuring Your Research Impact toolkit.