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Scopus Newsletter | May—June 2015 | Covering news, product updates, tips & tricks and more
Feature Story

Expanded book coverage helps you better analyze the social sciences

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, “If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” With over 85,000 book titles now indexed in Scopus, it’s easier to uncover the bounty of literature supporting great intellect. Book content in Scopus continues to grow—with a plan to reach 120,000 titles by the end of the year. This expanded coverage significantly increases subject area coverage for book-based disciplines, fosters interdisciplinary collaboration across subject areas and helps fill gaps in evaluation methods.

Read more about how on our blog
What’s New in Scopus

Going back to the future: The Scopus Cited Reference Expansion Program

The Scopus Cited Reference Expansion Program has now re-indexed over 2.6 million pre-1996 items, and continues to add items daily. These content additions greatly improve your ability to go back further in time to identify impactful literature, key leaders and historical trends— while also keeping an eye on the future direction of your field. Read more about the Cited Reference Expansion on our blog.

Scopus Metrics Highlight

What’s your h-index?

How the h-index in Scopus is calculated and where to find it are popular topics; in fact, a post about the h-index from just over a year ago continues to be among our top viewed and shared content. However, a lot has happened in Scopus since last year, making it a good time to re-visit the h-index. Here are 5 facts about Scopus and the h-index:

  1. The h-index is no longer limited to post-1995 data, a result of our Cited Reference Expansion Program.
  2. The h-index includes citations from expanded book coverage (but you can also easily exclude it from your calculation if desired).
  3. You can calculate the h-index for a single author, multiple authors or even for selected documents.
  4. You can access an h-index from the author details, the analyze author output and the citation overview pages.
  5. Author self-citations can be excluded from calculating an h-index.
Check your h-index in Scopus.


Tip: The accuracy of your h-index also depends on the accuracy of your author profile. Use the Scopus Feedback Wizard to make sure your profile is up-to-date.

Scopus Tips & Tricks

Analyze thousands of search results in less than a minute

The next time you search in Scopus, gain more insight into your results by using the Analyze search results feature located at the top of your search results page. It provides a visual analysis of your results broken up into 7 categories (year, source, author, affiliation, country/territory, document type and subject area). For example, let’s say you want to know which organizations are producing the most content about “wearable technology.” You run your search, which results in a list of over 4,000 publications. But then you click on Analyze search results, open the Affiliation tab, and find your answer—all in about 30 seconds. Then you decide to browse the other tabs and discover that 54.8% of the documents matching your results are from Conference Papers, helping you isolate the most cutting-edge research. Analyze search results provides a quick and effective way of breaking down and understanding your search results to guide you to the information you’re looking for.

Watch a video to see how Analyze search results works.


Librarian’s Corner

Growing ORCIDs at Texas A&M University Libraries

Author name confusion has been a growing source of search and retrieval imprecision at research institutions worldwide. Librarians at Texas A&M University Libraries are actively helping overcome this issue for their institution with their ORCID initiative program. Read more about how they’re doing it on Library Connect.

Tip: To help your users manage their profile using the Scopus and ORCID integration, share this video .

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Check out the complete webinar schedule and find a topic that interests you. We suggest:

Tuesday, June 9th: Scopus Analysis Tools

Find the information you may be missing. Join our upcoming webinar where you’ll learn how to track, analyze and visualize your Scopus search results. Take advantage of all that Scopus has to offer. Identify trends and subject matter experts as well as competitors and potential collaborators.

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