Last update: Aug 31 2006

From where do Scopus extract their bibliographic records and which years are covered?

Scopus covers abstracts and, where available, references for all 14,000 titles back to 1996 (11 million abstracts) and also another 16 million records with abstracts (but without cited references) going back to 1966. Approximately 18.5 million records (equivalant to 68% of the database) have an abstract.

Scopus archive data before 1996 was originally derived from a range of other Elsevier databases. The coverage starting date of journals vary. Medline which started in 1966 is covered. There are some records (approx. 89,000) from before 1966 which come from Medline. The largest databases covered (EMBASE, Compendex) started in 1970. Other sources ( i.e. Geobase, Fluidex, World Textiles ) started in later years.

How many journal titles does Scopus index actively/currently?

Over 15.000 peer-reviewed journals is indexed currently.

How many journals are indexed totally in Scopus?
The citations, abstracts and references from articles from 14,200 publications, including approximately 750 conference proceedings, all journals in Medline and 400 trade publications. Not all 14,200 publications are journals.

Do you create own abstracts?

We take the abstracts from the original publications if they provide an English language abstract and title. Occasionally, some publishers do not allow use of their abstracts. In these cases we construct an abstract ourselves.

What proportion of new items do include abstracts?

Approximately 71% of records from 2001- have an abstract. (Feb. 2006)

How regulary is Scopus updated?

Scopus is designed to upload new abstract records including cited and citing references on a daily basis.

Are any core journals updated more frequently than others?

Scopus has a system of priority processing for approximately 1,000 core journals.

How is the selection of journals to index done?

The Scopus Content Selection Committee – comprised of researchers and librarians – reviews new sources for inclusion. All titles that conform to academic quality norms, specifically peer-review, and are published in a timely manner are accepted for consideration. Scopus covers titles from all geographical regions including non-English titles as long as English abstracts can be provided. More information about the members of the Scopus Advisory Board & Selection Committee.

Which subjects are covered by Scopus?

Scopus doesn’t cover subjects in humanities.

This is the journal distribution by subject areas (Scopus Info FAQ) and (Jacso 2005c):
Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Engineering: 28.7% (4,500 titles)
Life and Health Sciences: 37.7% (5,900 titles)
Social Sciences, Psychology and Economics: 17.3% (2,700 titles)
Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: 16% (2,500 titles)
General Science: 0,3% (50 titles)

This is the distribution of records by subject areas (Jacso 2005c):
Health and life sciences 60%
Chemistry, Physics, Math. and Engineering 25%
Social Sciences, Psychology and Economics 2%
Biological, Agricultural, Earth and Environmental sciences 13%

4 Responses to “FAQ – Scopus”

  1. arvind Says:

    Dear Sir,
    1.Where can I see indexing of engineering journals?
    2.Do you need print versions of the journal for indexing?
    3.Are jounals/articles on your site allowed to be down loaded?
    Shall be thankful for urgent help.

  2. Dear Sir/madam,

    How we can apply to SCOPUS for indexing our paper in proceeding conference?

    Thanks for urgent reply.


  3. stmjournals Says:

    Dear Sir/madam,

    How we can apply to SCOPUS for indexing our paper in proceeding conference?I am unable to find out teh form where i can submit my articles to indexed?

    Thanks for urgent reply.

  4. Nor Hayati Says:

    dear sir/madam,
    how can we organize a SCOPUS indexed conference

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