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Citation Analysis, measuring your research impact : Scopus

Compiled Guidelines, tutorials and video materials on how to use and interpret data from Scopus and Web of Knowledge (ISI) prepared by Alfaisal University librarians.

SCOPUS® Tutorials Video

Online tutorials help you quickly learn how to use Scopus features. The tutorials are updated when new features are added, so they are always current.

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The h-index is a measure of a researcher's impact.  It was proposed by Hirsch as a more accurate alternative to looking solely at the total number of citations received and has spawned much discussion and a host of "new and improved" measures.  Scopus will calculate and chart a researcher's h-index, but keep in mind the figure is based only on citation data from 1996 to the present for only those articles that are included in Scopus.  For more information:

Scopus Navigation Bar

The Scopus navigation bar contains the following buttons:


Click Search to open the Scopus search pages: Document, Author, Affiliation, and Advanced.

Click the Browse Sources link on any search page to  to view a list of publications available to you. Click the Analyze Journals link to  compare Scopus publications on a variety of parameters.

Alerts Click Alerts to manage your previously saved search, document citation, or author citation alerts.
My list Click My list to view and manage your temporary lists of documents. You can select documents and save them for later use within a session, but you can also  save documents in a basket permanently.
Settings Click Settings to view or edit all general settings in Scopus. This includes your account or profile information, preferences, changing your password, setting your export preferences and viewing your alerts and saved searches.

Author Search

Author search

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Author search helps you find documents written by a specific person, even if the author is cited differently. For example, an author may be cited as Smith, J in one document, but as Smith, John in another.  For more information, see Scopus Author Identifier.

Author search results include any available author name variations that match your search criteria.

Note Scopus Author Identifier matches authors based on information in documents. Some documents do not have sufficient information for the Author Identifier to accurately match them, even when they are written by the same author. In this case, they appear as single entries in the author results list alongside the larger groups.            To ensure that your selection is complete, check the results list and, if necessary, add any single, unmatched authors to your selection.
Tip Author searches search only document author fields and not author details. Use the Advanced search form to search Author details (click the Add to search: Author name link).

To search for authors

Note Boolean and proximity operators are not available in Author search.
  1. In Last Name, enter the author's last name.
  2. In Initials or First Name, enter the author's first name or initials.  

    Last Name: carrera


    • Carrera, F S
    • Carrera, S
    • Carrera, S R
    • Carrera, Samuele
    • Carrera Díaz, S
    • Carrera Justiz, S C
    • Dueñas Carrera, S
    • Sánchez Carrera, S
  3. Select Show exact matches only to restrict your search to authors that exactly match the terms entered in the Last Name field and to authors that start with the terms entered in the Initials or First Name fields.
  4. If necessary, in Affiliation, enter affiliation search criteria for your author, such as organization name and location. 
    Note If you use only the Affiliation field in your search, affiliations are returned instead of authors.
  5. Select one or more Subject Areasfor your search.
    Tip To view a list of subjects covered in a Subject Area category, move your cursor over the subject name.
  6. Click the search button .
  7. On the Author search results page, select the author(s) you want to search for. See Working with Author search results for more information.
  8. Do one or more of the following.
    • To view the documents associated with your selected authors, click Show documents.
    • To view author details, click the name of the author.
    • To track citations for the selected authors, click View citation overview.
    • To view documents for an author, click the number in the Documents column.
    • To show the most recent document for an author, click Show Last Title.

Affiliation Search

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Affiliation search helps you find  a specific affiliation even if the affiliation is cited differently. For example, an affiliation might be cited as Clarke Institute in one document, but as Clarke Inst. in another. An affiliation search returns a list of affiliations with links to documents and to information about the affiliation  (if available). You can also search for documents by affiliation.

From your affiliation search results, you can group affiliations together. Some documents do not have sufficient information to accurately match them, even when they are from the same affiliation. To ensure that you are viewing a complete list of documents for an affiliation, group information from other affiliations on the Affiliation details page.


To search for affiliations using the Scopus Affiliation Identifier, use Advanced search.

To search for affiliations

  1. Navigate to the Affiliation search tab of Scopus.
  2. In Affiliation, enter your affiliation search terms, such as organization name or location. Search tips
  3. Click the search button .
  4. On the Affiliation search results page, select the affiliations whose documents you want to view.   
  5. Do one of the following:
    • Click an affiliation name to view the associated Affiliation details page.
    • Click the number in the Documents column to view documents for an individual affiliation.
    • Click Show documents to view the documents associated with the affiliations you selected.

Advanced search

On the Advanced search form, you can create a search using field codes, proximity operators, or Boolean operators to narrow the scope of the search. For example:

  • ALL("heart attack") AND AUTHOR-NAME(smith)
  • TITLE-ABS-KEY( *somatic complaint wom?n ) AND PUBYEAR > 1993
  • SRCTITLE(*field ornith*) AND VOLUME(75) AND ISSUE(1) AND PAGES(53-66)

To create an advanced search

  1. Enter your search terms using proximity or Booleanoperators as necessary to connect them.

    For more information on creating searches see Search tips and Field codes.

  2. As you enter your search, Scopus may highlight suggested codes and provide code definitions and examples.

    To add the suggested code to your search, press Enter.

    If your search is long or complex, you can change the display to outline form, or click the arrows on the edges of the search box to expand it.

  3. To include author or affiliation names in your search, click Add Author name/Affiliation.See below for additional details.
  4. Click the search button .

To include author or affiliation names in an advanced search

  1. Click Add Author name/Affiliation.

    If you know the unique author identifier number or the unique affiliation identifier number you want to search for, enter it directly in your search on the Advanced search form.

    To search in document fields, use the AUTHOR-NAME field or the AFFIL field.

  2. Enter any or all of the author's last name, initials or first name, and affiliation name.

Click the Show exact matches only check box to retrieve only an author whose name matches the exact name details you enter.

  1. Click the search button .
  2. On the search results page , click the check box of the author(s) or affiliation you want to add to your advanced search.
  3. Click the Add to searchlink above the list of search results.

    The Advanced Search page shows your search with the author or affiliation you specified.

To view your search in outline form

To make long or complicated searches easier to read, you can view them in outline form. Outline form displays each section of your search starting with an operator on a separate line.

  • Click the Outline query button to view your search in outline form.
  • Click Compact query to return to the "normal" form of the search.

Creating Alerts

Use alerts to receive email notices when new documents are loaded on Scopus. From the Alerts page, you can create alerts, view the latest results for an alert, edit alerts, and delete alerts. There is no limit on the number of alerts you can create.

Note You must be logged in to set an alert or work with your saved alerts.

Non-Scopus documents (abstracts available on platforms external to Scopus) and  citations derived from Scopus references are not included in alerts.

The Alerts pages lists alerts you have previously set up:

Search alerts

A Search alert is a saved search that you can schedule to run at certain intervals. If any new results are found, you will receive an email with the first 25 results and a link into Scopus to access all new results. Results from non-Scopus databases will not be included in alert email notifications.

Search alerts include those you set up for specific searches, sources, authors, and affiliations:

  • To create a search alert for a search you ran, on the Search results page, click the  Set alert link.
  • To create a search alert for a source (based on ISSN), click the  Set alert link on the Source information page.
  • To create a search alert for new documents from a particular author, click Follow this author on the Author details page.
  • To create a search alert for new documents from a particular affiliation, click Follow this affiliation on the Affiliation details page.
Document citation alerts A document citation alert notifies you when a document cites a specified document. You can schedule this alert to run at certain intervals. If any new results are found, you will receive an email with the first 25 results and a link into Scopus to access all new results.

To create a citation alert for a document you are viewing, click the  Set citation alert link in the Cited by since 1996 box.

Author citation alerts An author citationalert notifies you when a document cites a specified author. You can schedule this alert to run at certain intervals. If any new results are found, you will receive an email with the first 25 results and a link into Scopus to access all new results.

To create an author citation alert on the Author details page, click the  Get citations alert link on the right side of the page.

Note You can also have new results for your Search, Author, or Document citation alert sent to you as an RSS feed. Click  Set citation feed to create an RSS feed when a document is cited by another document in Scopus, when an author publishes new documents in Scopus, or when newly loaded documents in Scopus match a search.

My list

The My list page shows the temporary list of documents you created during this Scopus session. You can work with this list in the same way you work with any search results list - output the list, track citations, refine the list, and so on.

Note You must be logged in to save a list or work with saved lists.

When you log out of Scopus, the documents in Saved lists (the current session) are deleted. To prevent this from happening, save your list.

To do this...Do this...
Save an entire list Click the Save this list link at the top of the page.
Save individual documents from the list Click the check box for one or more documents, and then click Save.
Print, export, or email citations or create a bibliography Select the documents you want to output, and then click the appropriate link.
Remove documents from the list Select the documents you want to delete, and then click Delete.
View all your saved lists Click the Overview of Saved Lists link.

Change Your Settings

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Saved searches Your saved searches list and manage them.
Alerts The Alerts page where you can manage your search alerts, author citation alerts, and document citation alerts.
Saved lists Your saved lists and manage them.
Grouped authors The Grouped Authors page where you can manage your grouped authors.
Modify personal details & preferences The Modify personal details and preferences page where you can change or add information to your personal details entered during registration.
Change Password

The Change Password page where you can change the password you use to log in to Scopus.

Note You will see this option only if you are logged in or you have a password that is maintained in Scopus.
Export and reference management settings The Export and reference management settings page where you can set options for your preferred reference management tool (e.g., RefWorks, Mendeley) or file type.
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