The Scopus web site claims this database is the "largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research." It is more international in coverage than Web of Science and the Scopus interface is simple and intuitive to use.
View the video below for a brief introduction to Scopus.
Be aware: The citation count will only include the number of times the publication was cited by articles from the journals that Scopus covers. Scopus does not count citations from every journal published around the world, nor does this method count all citations from books, conference proceedings, dissertations/theses, patents, technical reports or other types of publications.
Be Aware: Look at the subject area and affiliation for each author listed. Multiple listings may in fact be referencing the same person.
In Scopus you can analyze any set of search results to find useful information about journals, authors over time. This option provides charts and graphs so you can quickly see the journal titles where an author published the journals which have published the most articles from your search results.
Analyze a journal in Scopus
You may find interesting information about the history of terminology in a subject area by analyzing your results in Scopus. The example search below gives you some idea on when the abbreviation AYA started being used in medicine to identify the specific population group Adolescents and Young Adults in cancer research related to oncology.
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For approximate* results for analyzing research output of a specific department or school within an institution use Advanced search in Scopus.
NOTE: Connecting terms with w/5 means simply means you are searching for these phrases or key words within 5 words of each other in this field. This method can be used to refine any search in Scopus and the number can range from 0 to 255.
Once you have a list of results using this search you can select the entire list and analyze search results and view citation overview reports get information on publications written by your specific school, department or institution.
* For a more thorough method of evaluating scholarly output by school or department perform author searches for each individual within a department or school and then combine these searches using search history and the connector OR, under advanced search. It is also important to note that Scopus does not have complete citation information for articles published before 1996.
This section will explain how to find the number of times a particular article has been cited within the Scopus database.
This method can only be used for journals covered in Scopus; variant citations are not included in the citation determination.