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"...Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. — Elsevier website

Scopus (a product of Elsevier) is a bibliographic database containing 69 million abstracts and citations for academic journal articles. Scopus covers nearly 36,377 titles (22,794 active titles and 13,583 Inactive titles) from approximately 11,678 publishers, of which 34,346 are peer-reviewed journals in top-level subject fields Life Sciences, Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Health Sciences. It covers three types of sources: Book Series, Journals, and Trade Journals. All journals covered in the Scopus database, regardless of who they are published under, are reviewed each year to ensure high-quality standards are maintained. Searches in Scopus also incorporate searches of patent databases. Exporting data to reference managers is available to Mendeley, RefWorks and EndNote Web, tracking citations with Citation Overview/Tracker, analyzing journal performance with Journal Analyzer and alternative journal impact metrics SNIP and SJR are some of its unique features. Scopus is owned by Elsevier and is available online by subscription. Searches in Scopus incorporate searches of patent databases.

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Scopus has more than 69 million records:

  • 22,794 peer-reviewed journals, of which 3,643 are full open access (see the Scopus Source List) according to DOAJ and/or ROAD
  • Out of the 22,794 active journals indexed in Scopus, 3,643 are listed as open access (OA); 27 million patent records.
  • 280 trade journals which reach a specific industry, trade or type of business have been selected by the CSAB for Scopus coverage. These journals are seldom refereed and do not always have an editorial board. Scientifically relevant articles are selected from trade journals for Scopus coverage if they meet the following criteria: Minimum of one page; one mentioned author; articles-in-press (i.e., articles that have been accepted for publication) from more than 5,000 journals, including Cambridge University Press, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Springer-Nature, Wiley-Blackwell and, of course, Elsevier
  • 562 Book serials are covered in Scopus, accounting for 34,000 individual book volumes and 1.39 million items. 145,000 non-serial books (see the book title list), available in Scopus and 20,000 added each year; subject areas: Focus on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities, but also includes Science, Technology & Medicine (STM); years: back to 2005 (2003 for A&H)
  • Book types: Monographs, edited volumes, major reference works, and graduate level text books

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