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Course Research Impacts: Search results

Search results

The document search results

The document search results appear as a list of titles: you see the title, authors, date, source and the number of citations within Scopus. You can hit the link Show all abstracts (at the top of the list of results, at the right side of the screen) to make the abstract visible as well. You can also do this for each separate document in the list, by clicking View abstract.

Scopus Document Results

By default this list is sorted on date, the newest document on top. You can change the order by choosing one of the options behind Sort on at the top of the results: you can sort on date, number of times cited, relevance, author and source.

Next to the Documents tab, there are the tabs Secondary documents and Patents, and a link to datasets in Mendeley Data:

  • Under Secondary documents documents are shown that fit your search query, but are not found in Scopus itself, but for example in the reference lists of articles indexed by Scopus.
  • Patents shows relevant patents from different patent offices (if available).
  • View Mendeley Data returns datasets and documents saved in Mendeley Data.

Getting the full-text of articles

To find the full-text of the article, Scopus offers different options:

  • You can use the Erasmus signature – the link resolver of the EUR checks other databases to see if the EUR has access to the full-text of the article
  • For some articles Scopus offers a View PDF link - just above the abstract. This link is shown when the article is available via Open Access or when Scopus has been able to determine the EUR has access to the article. Scopus uses GetFTR to determine this.
  • Under the link Full text options, you may see: 
    • View repository version - with a link to the repository version of the article (green open access)
    • View at publisher - a link to the article on the publisher's website. It’s possible the library has a subscription, but not through the publisher. 

When you have installed the Lean Library browser extension, there is a DOI in the data Scopus provides and the EUR has access to the full-text, you get the 'article available, but somewhere else!' pop-up, with a link to the article.

Please note: The link Download not always gives the pdf of the article – only after downloading you can see whether the full-text was downloaded or the abstract.

Full record

When you click on a title Scopus shows you more information about that particular document: the abstract, information about the author(s), the keywords, the references etc. Your search terms are highlighted. The source title and the author names are also clickable, these links bring you to the Source page or to the Author page in Scopus. 

Scopus Document details for the article 'Too much of a good thing?'

Under the abstract you find the Author keywords (not available in the example), Indexed keywords - keywords added to the article by databases like EmBase or PubMed, SciVal Topics, Metrics and Funding detail (not in the example). 

SciVal Topics are collections of documents with a common intellectual interest. They are created by clustering the citation network of all Scopus publications from 1996 onwards. Direct citations are used, using the document reference lists. They can help you find extra keywords, representative publications and top authors. 

Under Metrics you can find article level metrics, including the field-weighted citation impact and the PlumX metrics. The PlumX metrics provide insights into the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output (articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and many more) online. If you click View PlumX details, you are brought to the Plum X Metrics page, with more detailed information. More information about PlumX Metrics in Scopus can be found here.

On the right side of the screen you can see the most recent citing documents within Scopus. You can also find related documents based on shared references, authors or keywords. 

Refining search results

At the left side of the results list you can refine the results, for example limiting to or excluding Open Access publications, certain years, authors, subject areas, document types, etc. The five most common options are shown. When you click the link View More you get the top 10, and when you click then View all you will see all subject areas, the top 160 of the authors etc. You have to mark the ones you want to limit to or exclude, then hit the button Limit to or Exclude.

Filter by subject area

Please note: By default the subject areas, author names etc. are sorted by the number of results. This can make it hard to find the subject areas, authors or titles you’re looking for. You can change the order from # of results to Alphabet or to the first letter of the name at the top of the pop-up behind Filter.

Analyzing the search results

On top of the list of results, you can click Analyze search results. Here you get a graphical overview of the search results, based on year, source title, author, affiliation, country, document type, subject area or funding sponsor (you have to scroll down the page to see all options). This helps you for example to determine the growth of interest in an area or the journals that publish on a certain topic. In the graphs you can click and Scopus will show you the specific search results.

Scopus Analyze search results by Subject Area

Creating a citation overview

From the list of results you can mark the documents you find interesting, or mark all documents found (see below how to select all), and create a Citation overview, by clicking the link View citation overview above the search results.

Scopus Select All

When you have more than 2000 search results, the citation overview is too large to display, but Scopus offers the option to download the citation overview. To get less than 2000 search results in the example, the results were limited to articles and reviews published in Open Access. 
In the citation overview you can sort by year or by number of citations, making it easy to identify the documents most cited.

Scopus Citation Overview Timeline

When you scroll down the page you get a list of the documents and the number of citations received by year. The number of citations is a link: when you click this link you see the citing documents in Scopus.

Scopus Citation Overview Documents list

Please note: when you select more documents than the web interface of Scopus can process (that's 2000 documents) you'll get the option to download the citation overview. This is a csv-file, which can be opened in Excel. Scopus sends a link to this file to your e-mail address.

Saving and exporting search results

If you want to save titles found you can mark them and click Add to List on top of the list of results. The titles are saved in a temporary list, it will be deleted when you close Scopus. To save the list, click Lists at the top of the page, click Save this list and login with your Scopus account. You can also print or e-mail the list. If you want to send the titles to RefWorks or another reference manager, use the link Export. You can select the information you want to export, by marking the specific fields or by marking the headers of the columns.

Scopus Export document settings

Saving searches and creating search alerts

During your session Scopus keeps your search history. You find the overview at the bottom of the Document Search page. There you can edit a search, by adding extra search fields. You can also combine searches afterwards, by clicking Combine queries. You can select your queries and add the Boolean operator (OR, AND or AND NOT). You can also combine queries in the Advanced document search, there you can enter the number of the query, preceeded by a #, add Boolean operators and parentheses - for example #1 AND (#2 OR #3).

From the search history, you can save searches, so you can rerun them later. To save a search, click More and then Save this search - the disk icon. When you click Set Alert (the bell icon), you create an alert: you’ll receive an e-mail message with the results of a daily, weekly or monthly rerun of the search. To do this you need a Scopus account.

You can also find the Edit, Save and Set alert links at the top of the result page.

Scopus Save and Alert option