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Tracking Your Academic Footprint: Tracking Yourself on Scopus

A guide to tools to tracking your citations

What is Scopus?

Scopus is published by Elsevier. Scopus' website advertises that it is the largest abstract and citation database of peer reviewed literature and quality web-sources.

It includes abstracts from around 19 500 publications and has 46 million records with some going back as far as 1823. Covering the life sciences, physical sciences, health sciences, social sciences & humanities.

More than half of Scopus' content is from Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific Region giving it a broad international focus.

Scopus has a channel on YouTube with a number of videos that can assist you with using the database. Click here to access this resource.

Register with Scopus

You may register for free with Scopus by clicking the 'Register' link on the top right hand side of the website and following the instructions. This will allow you to save searches and create alerts.

Apps for Scopus

There are about 103 free apps from Scopus that researchers may find useful.

Altmetric continuously tracks hundreds of thousands of links to scholarly articles on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, the scientific blogosphere, newspapers and magazines then matches that data to the search results or full text articles that you are viewing on SciVerse.

Tracking your citations

On Scopus,  select the author search tab to search by your name, entering the surname and initials or given name.  A list of authors that may match will be shown.    Select the appropriate author's name.

The author's profile displays the author's articles, documents that cite the authorm h-index etc and can analyze the citations.

By registering as a user (free registration), you are able to select from the My Alerts menu, and be alerted when your works are cited.

How to search Scopus

Once within the Scopus database enter your search terms in the search box and click the search button.

Your search results can be sorted by document title, author, date, source title or citations by clicking on the heading.

By clicking on the tabs across the top of the page: 'more', 'web' and 'patents' you can link through to additional references and resources that are not held within Scopus.

To view a citation report for a Scopus resource select one or several articles as required and click 'view citation overview'. This will take you to a chart showing the number of citations in various years for each article. An example screenshot can be seen in the box below.

From here you can click through to view the citations. To limit the number of citations that you see use the 'refine results' box to restrict to specific journals, years, subjects etc.

You may also wish to select one or several articles and click view citations to open a list of all the articles that cite your selected article/s.