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Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, created by Elsevier. It was launched in 2004.


Over 19.500 titles are covered, including 18.500 peer-reviewed journals, but also book series and conference proceedings. In the Content Coverage Guide you can find the criteria for title selection: they include the editorial policy of the journal, the citedness of the journal in Scopus, online availability etc.

Cited references in Scopus go back to 1996. You can find older articles - the backfiles of major publishers have been added to Scopus - but not their references.

In Fall 2013 Scopus started to add books. A list is available here.

Scopus uses four broad subject areas: Physical sciences, Health sciences, Social Sciences and Life Sciences. These are further divided into 27 major subject areas and over 300 minor subject areas. Click this link to view a list of the current classification scheme (go to the sheet ASJC_code_list).


You can access Scopus from a computer on campus or with a VPN-connection from home. You can access Scopus also on your mobile device. You can download the app for the Iphone/Ipad, Blackberry and Android. To login you need a personal Scopus account and your institutional e-mailaddress. Click here for more information.

TIP: Additional information about Scopus can be found in the Content Coverage Guide and in the Tutorials - short movies about using Scopus.

Please note: Scopus doesn't support Internet Explorer 11 yet. If you are using Internet Explorer 11, you have to switch to IE11 compatibility view to be able to use Scopus. Open Tools in IE, choose Compatibility View Settings and add Scopus.com to the list of websites.

This part of the course was updated on February 24, 2014.