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Scopus: How to use it effectively

How to get the most from Scopus, a database of peer-reviewed literature and scholarly books with citations & abstracts in every field, plus a suite of tools to track, analyze, and visualize research.

Author Analytics

To check if any of your articles have been cited:

  • Go to Search in Scopus and choose the Author tab.
  • Type the name of the person you would like to look up. 
  • Click Search.
  • On the Author results page, click on the correct author to view affiliation, research areas, publications, citation trends, co-authors, and other author history information.
  • Click Analyze Author Output to explore more information and data visualizations on an author's document output by source, type, year, and subject area. You can also explore an author's h-index in depth.


You can also set alerts for an author. Click Follow this Author to set up email notifications whenever something new is published. Click Get Citation Alerts to be notified whenever the author is cited.

Journal Analytics

Scopus allows researchers to analyze the journals contained in its database based on a variety of metrics on the "Analytics" page. Up to 10 journals can also be compared based on these same metrics in either chart or tabular form. Journal metrics used include:

  • CiteScore: a measure of citation impact of a journal based on average number of citations relative to the past three years 
  • SJR (SCImago Journal Rank): a measure of journal "prestige" based on subject field, quality and reputation of the journal
  • SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper): a weighted measure of contextual citation impact
  • Citations: the total number of citations a journal receives within a year
  • Documents: the total number of documents published by a journal within a year
  • Percent Not Cited: percent of documents published by the journal not cited to date
  • Percent Reviews: percent of documents published by the journal each year that are review articles

For more information, read about CiteScore, SJR, SNIP, and comparing sources in Scopus.