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About Scopus

Scopus is a comprehensive, source-neutral abstract and citation database curated by independent subject matter experts. It places powerful discovery and analytics tools in the hands of researchers, librarians, institutional research managers and funders. Scopus powers better decision-making with curated, complete and connected data.

Scopus uniquely combines a comprehensive, curated abstract and citation database with enriched data and linked scholarly content.

With Scopus you can quickly find relevant and trusted research, identify experts and access reliable data, metrics and analytical tools for confident research strategy decisions — all from one database and one subscription.

What’s an abstract and citation database?

Scopus is an abstract and citation database.

  • Abstracts are brief synopses of articles.
  • A citation gives credit to a source, and contains publication information such as author(s), title and date. Most Scopus citations link to the full-text version of the publication hosted on various publishers' platforms.

Scopus data model

Scopus data recognizes that articles are written by authors who have affiliations with institutions.

This relational data model means that Scopus can tell you who is researching what in global literature and where they are doing it with higher accuracy than anyone else. 

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This guide is based on the Elsevier's LibGuide about Scopus

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