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Scopus - a New Tool for Tracking Citations and Retrieving Information

E-resource of the Month - May 2012

Want to know who has cited your article, or how many citations your fellow scholars’ publications have gathered?

From the beginning of this year the Library has had a new tool for tracking citations. The abstract and citation database Scopus is a good addition to the Library’s e-resources.

Elsevier’s Scopus was launched in 2004 as a challenger to Thomson Reuters Web of Science. There are differences between the two databases for example in the time ranges and disciplines covered. It is easy to say that these two important resources complement each other. They are both practical tools for the scholar for citation tracking and basic information retrieval.

With over 19,000 titles from more than 5,000 international publishers, Scopus offers a comprehensive resource to support research needs in the scientific, technical, medical and social sciences fields and, more recently, also in the arts and humanities.

Scopus provides many tools for the researcher, for example the personal Hirsch-index (h-index) for each researcher. The h-index is designed to measure both the productivity and impact of the published work of a scientist. Scopus also rates the quality of publications by its SNIP and SRJ indicators. These are equivalent to WOS’s Impact Factor. These measures are best suited for disciplines where researches are commonly published as articles in academic journals.

Scopus is not merely a citation database. It is also well suited for basic information retrieval. It is especially useful when your own field of interest is multidisciplinary. Thorough citation information is given with every search result.

Ask more: Liisa Halttunen-Keyriläinen

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