Stay informed of leading publications with the Scopus citation database

Scopus provides an easy-to-use overview of key journals, authors and trends in your field.

10/08/2018 | 1:52 PM

Staying informed of leading publications in your field is essential for your research. At the same time, you would also like your own publications to be found by colleagues worldwide. But how? The multidisciplinary citation database Scopus – available for use by VU researchers like you – provides an easy-to-use overview of key journals, authors and trends in your field. In addition, Scopus helps you manage your author researcher profile (automatically created by Scopus) and quickly gain an insight into the work of potential collaboration partners and applicants.

Publication and citation database for all fields
Scopus is one of the most complete and versatile search engines for academic literature across all academic disciplines. The database contains the bibliographic details and abstracts of around 70,000,000 scientific articles from 20,000 selected journals, along with hundreds of thousands of book titles and millions of patents, conference papers and other output.

You can find out at a glance:

  • what the publication is about;
  • how often the publication has been cited and by whom;
  • what other publications are related to it.

You can use a plug-in to download the full-text PDF.

Use author profiles to evaluate potential collaboration partners
Scopus contains profiles of around 16,000,000 researchers and 70,000 universities, faculties and research institutes. Do you want to quickly view a postgraduate candidate's most cited articles? Are you looking for an overview of your consortium partners' recent publications for an ERC request? Do you need to provide your H-index for a VENI proposal? You can find all this information on Scopus with just a few clicks.

In which journals do leading colleagues in your field publish?
You can access even more information using the 'Analyse Author Output' feature: in which journals do leading colleagues in your field publish? How has their research evolved over the last few years? Who do they regularly collaborate with? All of these details are conveniently summarised for you and organised into clear graphs and tables. You can also set up alerts so that you are automatically notified of new publications by authors you are following or on topics you are interested in.

Performing more detailed analyses in Scival
You can also easily export author profiles or publication sets from Scopus to Scival to perform more detailed analyses. For example, Scival lets you see how often someone has published in the most cited journals in their field, or find out which partner universities those in your field have (or have not) regularly collaborated with.

VU publications are automatically added to the VU Research Portal (PURE)
Since the summer of 2018, the University Library has ensured that VU researchers' publications in Scopus are automatically added to the publication list on their profile page in the VU Research Portal (i.e. in PURE).

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