Scopus Author Profile FAQs

Last updated on November 20, 2019

Scopus Author Profile FAQs

Last updated on November 20, 2019
What is a Scopus Author Profile?

Each Scopus Author Profile is a unique record of that researcher’s publication activity. The details come from peer-reviewed articles and other publications that are indexed in Scopus (published in journals, books and other sources, that the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board has selected for inclusion and indexing) where the researcher is specified as an author. The information in a profile includes the author name, affiliation(s), subject area(s), publications, citations, and co-authors. The profiles do not cover editorship, managerial or executive roles, or teaching positions.

Why is a Scopus Author Profile important?

A Scopus Author Profile helps to ensure an author's published research activity is visible to other researchers, librarians, and research leaders. While there are many options for creating online profiles, the Scopus Author Profile is recognized as an impartial source of relevant information from a globally trusted source.

Why is Scopus a trusted source?

Scopus has a vast and growing database, but the quality of the publications included is of the highest importance. Scopus only indexes journals and books determined appropriate for inclusion by the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board. The criteria for inclusion set a high standard, ensuring that any Scopus search — including a Scopus Author search — retrieves information from a high-quality, trustworthy source.

The Scopus database is constantly growing and includes over 24,600 active serial titles and more than 194,000 books from over 5,000 publishers. Scopus has a license with each of those publishers permitting the indexing and use of those publications in this manner.

How is a profile created?

Each Scopus Author Profile is automatically generated using a dedicated matching algorithm that extracts metadata directly from documents indexed in Scopus. The metadata is all publicly visible information that the authors supply when they submit the documents for publication. The process links an author’s name with the published documents that they authored, provided those documents are indexed in Scopus. It then organizes the publicly visible information (name, affiliation[s], subject area[s], publications, citations, co-authors, etc.) in a useful way for other researchers, librarians, and research leaders.

Who can see a Scopus Author Profile?

Only Scopus subscribers can see the full version of an Author Profile. Non-subscribers can see a limited version of an Author Profile (the first 10 documents and limited metadata).

Can a Scopus Author Profile be edited?

Profiles are automatically created using metadata from published documents, therefore profiles cannot be changed by Scopus users. However, a user can request corrections to a profile if:

  • A publication indexed in Scopus has been wrongly assigned.
  • The preferred name used to display the profile needs to be changed.
  • A primary affiliation should be chosen from those extracted from the documents.
  • Some documents indexed in Scopus are missing from the profile.

If any corrections are required, use the Author Feedback Wizard to send a request. If an author has publications that do not appear on their Scopus Author Profile, this may be because they are not indexed in Scopus. For information about requesting the addition of a document, refer to How do I request to add a missing document?. If the Scopus Content Selection and Advisory Board determines that the document meets the criteria for inclusion in Scopus, it is added and appears on the Scopus Author Profile.

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