Research resource of the week @CityUniLibrary – Scopus

53 million records | 21,915 titles | 5,000 publishers

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise research.

Scopus  has its own impact measurement tool (SNIP) and its own journal ranking measurement (SJR).

Scopus data can be seen on the freely available website  Scimago


Enhance your research impact

Strategic publishing

Choose a suitable journal

Publishing in high quality, academic journals which are prestigious in your discipline and read by researchers in the field is still an established and important method of sharing your research. You may target different journals at different stages of your career.

Use appropriate keywords

Keywords tend to be used in articles as descriptors and to assist retrieval. Consider the title of your paper and the words you use in your abstract or added keywords. Help others to retrieve your article by using the agreed terminology of your discipline.

Use the correct organisation address

Publication address standardisation will ensure that your work is correctly attributed to City University London and therefore searchable by address. Check the publisher guidelines before submission, but include details on department, school and university address. Web of Knowledge has an address search and consistency will assist with this.

Monitor bibliometrics and impact

Consider impact and peer review

Useful research impact databases include the Web of Knowledge and Scopus. If you publish in a journal indexed by these databases and is it highly cited by others, it may have an impact factor which can give it prestige in the field.

The Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports are useful for searching impact factors. Researchers cite each other, so look for journals that have high citation rates and possibly publish in them if appropriate. Peer reviewed journals may be of high quality and prestige.

Consider open access/ new publishing models

Use your institutional repository / research output database City Research Online where you can often post a version of your research output online. You can check Sherpa/ Romeo for publisher archiving policies. Most policies will allow you to archive a version of your work in a repository, usually the author accepted version/postprint, so do retain this. Repositories facilitate open access and can have high article downloads. Repository content can be searched in OpenDoar.

Open Access (OA) journals and those which provide an OA option give greater opportunity for wider dissemination to make your work more visible, accessible and re-usable. Because they are often free at the point of use, they can have a wide reach. The Directory of open access journals may be useful in finding OA journals.

Use descriptive metadata pragmatically by providing appropriate descriptive data about your work when submitting to repositories or journals. This will improve searchability and ensure your work is found, read and cited. It can substantially increase your citation rate, also consider what you write in your abstract to encourage people to read the whole article.

Using social media

Blogs and Twitter etc.

Disseminate your thoughts and findings using your own blog and tag your posts appropriately to encourage maximum hits on search engines. Promote your work to your Twitter followers and they might retweet your posting.

Use academic and professional social networks

Register with services such as and follow other people in your field. They will also begin to follow you. Networks like LinkedIn can also be used to promote research.

Update your web pages or profile

Check that your personal webpages, including your publications lists, are current and maybe have links to an academic CV on them. Add new publications as they arise.

Raise your profile retrospectively

If you are just starting to use social media, mention your previous work or make connections with your new publications.


Some resources use an Altmetrics badge eg. City Research Online which indicates social media references to articles eg on Twitter. This is an upcoming method of assessing usage of an article and the impact it makes on social media.


The Web of Science database is very useful for citation or cited reference searching. Citation searching is a specialised type of searching which allows searching for articles or chapters which cite a particular work. This indicates relationships between works and also to some extent the impact a work has made on others in the field. This only includes items indexed by Web of Science and has an English language bias. The Journal Citation Reports allow searching for impact factors which measure the impact of a journal and allows comparisons.

Ths Scopus database allows searching for citations and for journal rankings and impact factors (search under Analytics).

Google Scholar is useful for journal articles and Google Books for book citations. The sources indexed by Google are not clear, they may produce results such as a blog post, a lesson plan, a reading list etc. These may not be appropriate for pure bibliometrics.

Publish or Perish is a free piece of software that retrieves and analyses academic citations. It uses Google Scholar then analyzes these and presents the following statistics. You can see not just the number of times an article is cited but how many times per year it has been cited.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank uses algorithms which are similar to Google Page Ranking and is based on data in the Scopus database. It covers some arts and humanities subjects.