Searching for the work of specific authors can be difficult: there can be multiple authors with the same familyname and initials, even within the same research field. An author can also change his or her name (for example after marriage) or change research fields. When you want to compare researchers, for example by looking at their H-indices, it’s important that you are looking at the work of the intended researcher, not also at the work of another researcher with the same name.
Scopus tries to solve this by using the Scopus Author Identifier and by creating author profiles.
This part of the course covers:
Many authors have similar names. Scopus Author Identifier functionality distinguishes between these names by assigning each author in Scopus a unique number and grouping together all of the documents written by that author. This number is called the Scopus Author Identifier. This identifier is also added to RePub, the online repository of the EUR.
Searching by Scopus Author Identifier is possible in the Advanced Search. You have to use the code AU-ID().
Keep in mind: it’s possible not all publications of an author are assigned to the correct Scopus Author Identifier, you always have to double check! The Scopus Author Identifier uses an algorithm that matches author names based on their affiliation, address, subject area, source title, dates of publication, citations, and co-authors, it’s not handpicked. Scopus has a Author Feedback Wizard, so when you notice mistakes (especially for your own publications!) you can request author detail corrections and have documents assigned to the correct author. You can read more about this in the chapter 'YOU in Scopus'.
In Scopus you can search for publications of an author by using the Document Search and choosing the search field Authors or First author. You can also use the Author search. This is the second tab of the default search screen (Authors). Here you have to enter the last name and the initials or first name of the author. You can add affiliation search terms, like organization name or location (for example Erasmus University Rotterdam).
You can mark the name(s), and click Show documents to view the documents. When you click a name, you get to the Author Details, where you can find the Scopus Author Identifier, the number of documents in Scopus, the times cited and the H-index, based on the data in Scopus (so based on articles published from 1970 (if applicable).
From this page you can set an author alert, a notification when a new document of this author is added to Scopus (and linked to this AuthorID). Click the link Follow this author at the middle of the screen, to receive an e-mailalert (you need a Scopus account to create this alert).
When you click the link Analyze author output on the Author details page you get a graphical overview of the work of the author: where does she publish, what subject areas, who are her main co-authors etc? You can see the H-index of the author (in- and exluding self-citations).
H-graph – including self-citations. With self-citations excluded the H-index of Henk Schmidt in Scopus is 59.