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Scopus is a search system primarily covering peer-reviewed journals and journal sources (such as MEDLINE), scientific web sources, and patents. Scopus is part of the SciVerse Hub created by Elsevier. Coverage is centered on "scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities."[1] In May, 2010, Elsevier released Scopus Alerts (Lite) for iPhone, enabling mobile access to the searching and alerting features of Scopus.[2]


Contents of the Scopus system include:[1]

  • More than 18,500 titles:
    • 17,500 peer-reviewed journals (including 1,800 Open Access journals).
    • 400 trade publications.
    • 300 book series.
    • 4.4 million conference papers from proceedings and journals.
  • 44.4 million records:
    • 23 million records with references back to 1996 (of which 78% include references).
    • 21 million records pre-1996 which go back as far as 1823.
    • 315 million scientific web pages indexed via Scirus.
    • 24.4 million patent records from five patent offices .
  • "Articles-in-Press" from over 3,750 journals.


Scopus features tools like:[1]

  • Linking to full-text articles and other library resources.
  • Author Identifier to automatically match an author’s published research including the h-index.
  • Citation Tracker to simply find, check and track citations in real-time.
  • Affiliation Identifier to automatically identify and match an organization with all its research output.
  • Journal Analyzer provides a quick insight into journal performance.
  • Alerts, RSS and HTML feeds to stay up-to-date.
  • Document Download Manager to easily download and organize multiple full-text articles simultaneously.
  • Interoperability with SciVerse ScienceDirect, Reaxys and ProQuest’s CSA Illumina.
  • Data export via bibliographic managers such as RefWorks, EndNote and BibTeX.

A Scopus results list with search filters visible.

Recent Updates

May 2011

A May 2011 update of the SciVerse Hub included the following updates for Scopus:[3]

  • The Refine Results feature now has a contextual box that shows what results may be included or excluded based on the options you choose.
  • The related articles link has been moved to a more prominent place.
  • Users can now link directly from Scopus to the Embase database.
  • The affiliation search incorporates a pre-constructed search form allowing you to easily search across appropriate affiliation fields in Scopus records, including affiliation, affiliation city, affiliation country, title, abstract and keyword.
  • Users can now find through the Journal Analyzer how many review articles appear in a particular journal.

February 2011

Updates to Scopus in February 2011 include:[4]

  • Upgrades to the "Refine Results" box.
  • Link from the abstract in SciVerse Scopus to the corresponding Compendex record in Engineering Village complete with hyperlinked controlled and uncontrolled term.
  • Link from the abstract record in Engineering Village to SciVerse Scopus to see the list of references and details about the author(s), in addition to the list of citations which was already available.
  • Customized pop-up messaging.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "What does it cover?" SciVerse website, Accessed May 24, 2011.
  2. "Elsevier Develops Scopus Alerts (Lite) iPhone Application to Help Researchers Stay Up-to-date while On-the-go." May 12, 2010. Elsevier website, Accessed on May 13, 2010.
  3. "SciVerse Scopus Releases." SciVerse website, Accessed May 24, 2011.
  4. "SciVerse Scopus Releases." SciVerse website, Accessed April 21, 2011.

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