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Scopus: Caveat Emptor

Issues/Features of Note

Author searches work differently from the Document Search screen than they do on the Author Search tab. Main screen – only shows and searches author initials. Author tab allows you to type in full name and/or initials and get all the variations and their associated author profiles. E.g.: Gschneidner K (no need for asterisk) = 6 of 9 author results. Notice link to “show profile matches with 1 document”

Author affiliation info can only be changed by contacting Scopus directly.

Affiliation search – cannot limit to Ames Iowa – can only search affiliation city (no state).

Full-text – look for a link labelled View at Publisher.

View in Search Results Format – lets you mark/manipulate individual records and analyze.

View Secondary Documents link next to number of document results (in either the author list of publications or after an author search) – pulls up other things in reference lists that are also authored by the author but not in Scopus core database.

View Citation Overview – similar to citation report in WoS.

Patent results are “powered by Lexis Nexis” – no way to limit to just U.S. patents.

Reference searching – note some journal references do not display article titles – especially true in the sciences!! Can do author last name and journal title words….and multiple author last names as reference search.

Reference List– articles do not automatically show all references – only the first 80 – unless you click on show all references at the bottom of the screen.

Refine is deceptive – mouse over bottom of box to see that you can view more – but you can continue clicking on “view more” multiple times and get even more results.

DownloadingScopus “encourages” mass batch downloading of records (including the associated PDFs)

Browse Sources & Compare Journals links are located just above the search box in center of page.

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