Scopus – get to know the new reference database

Scopus covers the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences as well as the arts and humanities. Scopus has 43 million records, 70% of these containing abstracts dating from 1996 and a wide selection of quality web sources and patent information.

What Scopus contains?

Scopus at-a-glance:
  • 19,500 peer-reviewed journals from more than 5,000 publishers around the world (including 1,900 Open Access journals)
  • 400 trade publications, 360 book series, 5,3 million conference papers from proceedings and journals
  •  “Articles-in-Press” from over 3,850 journals
  •  more than 400 million scientific web pages and 23 million patents

Scopus versus WoS

Citations and citing are more and more essential part of making science. Scopus offers a wide selection of tools to analyze the impact of publications through researchers, research groups and journals. Scopus has alternative or additional indicators for the traditional Impact factor: h-index, SNIP, SJR (Fact sheet).

The strength of Scopus is in the medical, health and technical sciences and in biosciences. The database coverage includes Embase, Medline via Embase, Compendex, World Textile Index, Geobase, Biobase and Fluidex. WoS, on the other hand, is stronger in agriculture, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology and social sciences. Both databases, however, are strongest in medicine.

The two databases have some differences in depth of coverage and geographical areas. Scopus has more international references but they are only from 1996 onwards. WoS references are focused on Anglo-American medicine, physics and chemistry publications, references dating back to the beginning of 1900’s.

Both databases are valuable resources in tracking academic papers and their scholarly impact. Which database is better – depends on the discipline and its academic communication practice. Therefore it is highly recommended that both of the databases are used in order to get the best picture of international communication and influence of researchers.


Further information:
Head of Discipline Specific Library Protos Riitta Lähdemäki
tel. +358 040 831 7483


Published date 1/29/2013 8:35 AM ,  Modified date 1/29/2013 8:40 AM