• Type of source: citation database
  • Documents: journals / papers
  • Format: text
  • Specialisation: multidisciplinary
  • Period covered: 1823–present day
  • Publication language: multilingual
  • Interface language: English, Japanese, Chinese
  • Downloads available: yes
  • Off-line loans available: no
  • Guides (English only)
  • Video guide (English only)


The Scopus database from the company Elsevier is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature in the world.

The Articles-in-Press service makes it possible to search for papers from more than 3,750 journals before they have even been published.

The database is arranged by topic into four main areas:

  • the natural sciences (agriculture, biology, neuroscience, pharmacology),
  • the social sciences (the humanities, business, history, information science),
  • the physical sciences (chemistry, engineering, mathematics), and
  • the medical sciences (medicine, stomatology, nursing, veterinary medicine).

In addition to standard citation analysis tools, the Scopus database also enables searches in a citation impact index – the Hirsch Index.




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