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Documenting Impact & Increasing Visibility

Examples and tutorials for documenting and improving scholarly visibility and impact.

Scopus Author Identifier

Scopus automatically attempts to identify individual authors through an algorithm. It works well as long as you have a unique name, but if your publishing name is a common one you'll have to do some clean up as it may link works you didn't author to your ID.

Locate your Author ID

Author IDs can be located by performing an Author Search in Scopus.

  • Enter an author's Last Name and, at least, their First Initial.
  • Click the result that's the best match (you may not find an exact match), this will open an  author details page.
  • The Author ID is located just under the author's name and affiliation in the form of a 10 digit number.

Depending on how many people share your name, you may see anywhere from one to thousands of results. Don't worry, once you are on the search results screen there are ways to quickly weed out irrelevant results. Use the filters on the left of the screen to restrict results by Affiliation, City, or Subject Area

Help! I can't find my Author ID in Scopus!

There are two reasons you may not be able to locate your author ID in Scopus:

  1. None of your publications are indexed in Scopus, or
  2. Your publications have been erroneously assigned to another author.

The first possibility is a dead end, for now, as you can't be assigned an Author ID until your publications are in Scopus, The good news is that you can suggest additions to the Scopus database, check the tab "Suggest a title" for more information.

The second issue can be fixed. Check the Clean-Up Tab for information on how to claim your publications and clean-up your ID.

Before we play around with the Author ID data it's important to understand it's limitations. The flow chart below explains how, and which, citations will be captured and linked to your Author ID. In general, if a journal/book series/conference proceeding/etc. is indexed in Scopus, you'll see those citations linked to your Author ID. 

Scopus has a feature called "secondary documents" that can capture citations for work published in journals not indexed by Scopus but these citations will not be linked to your Author ID because the publications have not been verified. See the next section for instructions on how to search for these documents.

Only items indexed by Scopus will be linked to your Author ID.

Exploring Scopus Author ID Data

You can get the following data from Scopus:

  • A list of your publications indexed in Scopus (on which all the data is based)
  • Citation counts, Cited By, and Co-Author lists.
  • Your h-index (and graph)
  • A way to visually explore and save your data.

That last feature generates charts and graphs about your publications and citations. It will also let you export the data so you can generate your own graphs if you so wish. Scopus is the only database with this feature.  

Cleaning up your Author ID

Since Scopus' Author IDs are automatically generated you should review the publications linked to your ID and be prepared to do some clean-up.

All changes have to be processed by Scopus. You can make changes by submitting a report through the Author Feedback Wizard. The changes you submit will not take effect immediately but you will be notified by email when they have been processed.

Make changes to your ID

  1. Click the Request author details corrections link on the author details page you wish to edit.
  2. The Author Feedback Wizard will start.
  3. Step 3 of the wizard shows you all of the documents linked to your ID.
    • If you wish to REMOVE a publication click the X button next to the article title. 
    • If you wish to ADD a publication scroll to the bottom of the list and click the Search for missing documents link (this lets you search by article title). Be aware that you can only add articles that are indexed in Scopus. So, if you can't locate some of your work it may be because it's not in the database.

Combine/Split Multiple Author IDs

Combine by potential matches
  1. On an Author Details page, click the link that says Potential author matches (this may take a while to load).
  2. Check a Name/ID that you wish to merge with the ID you started with.
  3. Click the "Request to merge with author" link at the top of the window.
  4. This will open up the Author Feedback Wizard (you may need to recheck the name/ids you wish to merge).
Split or Combine IDs
  1. Open the Author Feedback Wizard and search for documents linked to your name(s)
  2. If combining IDs, select the checkboxes next to each ID you want to combine.
  3. Select the name you prefer from the options from both profiles.
  4. Step 3 of the wizard shows you all of the documents linked to your ID. 
    • If you wish to REMOVE a publication click the X button next to the article title. 
    • If you wish to ADD a publication scroll to the bottom of the list and click the Search for missing documents link (this lets you search by article title).

Suggest a title for inclusion in Scopus

Through an online form, you can suggest journals for Scopus to add to their database. Any title that is suggested must meet their minimum criteria. 

If you have trouble locating or providing all of the information asked for in the form contact your Subject Librarian, they may be able to help.

Secondary Document Searches

For publications not indexed in Scopus you may still be able to get citation counts through a search of "secondary documents."

This is done by searching the references of the materials that are indexed by Scopus (see the yellow section of the image in "The Data" tab above). This data is often full of errors and inconsistent because there are different citation styles and standards and because people make mistakes.

Secondary Document Search by Author

  1. Start on the Document Search tab on the Scopus landing page.
  2. Enter the author's name you wish to search by.
    • Try searching using format of: "LastName,FirstInital*"  
      [yes, there's no space between the comma and the first initial, and there's an asterisk on the end]
  3. Change the fields being searched to References
    • The results will show you how many times that name appears in the references of papers indexed by Scopus.
  4. Just under the gray bar click View secondary documents
    • Now you have a list of your publications NOT indexed by Scopus and counts of how many times they have appeared in the reference sections of items indexed by Scopus (i.e. a citation count).

Secondary Document Search by Publication Title

The process is the same as the "by author" search except that instead of searching with an author's name use the title of one of your publications.

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