For a long time, Web of Science (WoS) was the major source for bibliometric analyses. In 2004, Scopus (click “Database interface” to access the database) citation index database was launched and is available to subscribers. Scopus database is to some extent more comprehensive than WoS, and it covers a wider range of journals. Scopus offers about 20% more coverage for citation analysis than WoS, but it only includes publications from 1966 onwards and its citation data are limited to publications from 1996 onwards, whereas WoS goes back to 1900. Scopus has better coverage in the field of engineering in particular, but in the social sciences and humanities its coverage is weak. In addition to scientific journals, Scopus also indexes books and conference papers.
Watch the video (11:30): Get started with Scopus.
Practise to use Scopus:
- Search articles of your research area in Scopus Document search (access Scopus via UEF-Finna -> click the “Database interface” link). Tips for information retrieval can be found at the 1. Module: the Basics of information retrieval or Scopus Help.
- Select articles you find interesting and create a citation overview of those articles in Scopus.
- Open one article you consider potentially useful. How many times the article has been cited? What is its field-weighted citation impact?
- Find information about the corresponding author by clicking the author’s name in the article. Analyze the author’s output: What’s the author’s h-index? How many citations she/he has?
- Search yourself or your supervisor/professor via the Scopus Author search. Again, find the author’s h-index and number of citations.
- Compare journals in which you could potentially publish your article: Go to Search -> Compare sources -> Search the journals you are interested in -> Add the journals to the chart by clicking the journal’s name in the source box. Which one of the journals you could select? Information about the metrics can be found: About Compare sources calculations.
- In Scopus, you can find Plum X Metrics offering detailed information about the visibility (including mentions in social media) of the article. Check what kind of attention an article of your choice has received?
How to find h-index in Scopus / University of Turku