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Citation Indexes: Scopus & Web of Science

How to use Scopus and Web of Science for basic research and in-depth literature searching.

Using Scopus as an Author

When you have a publication in a journal indexed by Scopus, the algorithm assigns you a Scopus Author Profile, which you must log into and claim in order to eliminate duplicate records and inaccurate information.

  • Unique identifier: A unique identifier will link your works to you, and not others with similar names. The Author Profile assigns you a Scopus Author ID and also allows you to link your ORCID, if you have one, for wider citation use. However, Scopus links articles to authors through use of an algorithm, and it is up to the individual authors to check the accuracy of these links and ensure that the citations associated with their Scopus Author ID are correct.
  • Metrics: The Scopus Author Profile tracks citations to all of your associated articles (if they're indexed in Scopus). You can get a total citation count as well as an h-index score, indicating the ratio of total articles published to citations.

Using Web of Science as an Author

When you have a publication in a journal indexed by Web of Science, the algorithm assigns you an author record and Web of Science ResearcherID, which you must claim in order to eliminate duplicate records and inaccurate information.

Web of Science's author profiles are linked through Publons, the peer review platform. You must create a Publons account to claim your publications and ResearcherID, and from there correct any errors.

You can also link your ORCID profile.