August 3, 2020

Now available: Scopus

Door: Richard Broekman | Categorie: databases

Tilburg University staff and students now have access to Scopus, a bibliographic database by Elsevier.

ScopusLogo Scopus contains bibliographic descriptions of over 77 million articles from over 23,000 peer-reviewed journals, 850+ book series and 9.8 million conference papers. It covers all disciplines, with an emphasis on the social sciences. In many cases, you will be able to find the full text for the content by using our TiUfinder button with each title. The usual options to export to reference managers and to get email alerts are included as well.

You can search for documents as well as authors and author affiliations. Because of all this information being available, there are also many ways to analyze the results and to get a broader picture of authors and institutions involved through a number of metrics.

Besides the usual article metadata, article descriptions also contain information about funding, citation impact, and documents that cite the article. To find out what type of articles were funded with grants from a particular sponsor organization, simply search for those publications using the advanced search.

Scopus automatically generates an author profile for authors. These author profiles show the publications by that author, as well as citations and h-index. To change an author profile, you can submit a change request in Scopus. It is also possible to connect an ORCID to the profile which will then allow for automated updating of your ORCID data  using data from Scopus. Check our ORCID LibGuide for more information on how to create an ORCID.

We have set up a connection between Pure and Scopus. If you have a personal profile in Pure, you will automatically see titles from Scopus in your list of import candidates. Given the vast amount of titles in Scopus, this should make it easier to update your publications.


Scopus is not just about the article metadata. It can be used to analyze institutions as well. As an example of institutions and affiliations data, you could check for everything affiliated with University of Zagreb and see how many documents and authors are affiliated with the institutions and what the main subject areas of publication are. This might be useful if you consider cooperating with that institution.

To use all Scopus features you will need to access Scopus from a Tilburg University computer (on campus, via VPN or using EZproxy via our database list). Alternatively, you can use the institutional log in option to get access with your Tilburg University credentials in Scopus by clicking on ‘Sign In’ and ‘You can also sign in via your institution, organization or OpenAthens’. Type in ‘Tilburg University’ and choose ‘Sign in via your institution’.


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