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Measure Research Impact and Quality

Searching for an author's publications

Reports can be generated from any set of search results in Scopus.

To do this you will need to find all documents by the author indexed in Scopus. 

From the search page select the Authors tab

  1. Enter the author’s last name and first name or initials. You might use initials if there are likely to be variations of a name’s spelling e.g. Elizabeth or Elisabeth. This is likely to give you a lot more results so you might wish to also narrow the search by adding an affiliation.
  2. Add an affiliation to make the search more targeted. If the author has worked at more than one institution it might be necessary to search separately for each.

On the author results page documents by author are grouped together automatically. Each group of documents is attached to an Author ID and hopefully link together all of the output of an author in Scopus, however an author's output can sometimes be split across more than one Author ID or different author's work can get connected to the same Author ID. 

  1. If you are confident that just one of the results is all of the author’s output in the Scopus database, i.e. all of the authors works are linked to the one author ID, select that result and click on View citation overview to create a citation report or click on the author's name to see other report options. 
  2. It is recommended you check if the documents belong to the author by clicking on the number in the show documents column which will take you to the documents results page where you can go through all of the documents linked to that Author ID. 
  3. You can also select multiple results from the author screen and then click on View citation overview to generate a report for all of those results. 

On the documents results page:

  1. If you find that some of the documents from the results belong to the author, but others do not, you can add the documents that do belong to the author to a list by checking the box next to the article and selecting Add to list at the top of the page. If an author's documents are split across several Author IDs you can add documents from multiple document results pages to the list.
  2. Once you have selected all of the individual documents that belong to an author you can go to the saved list by selecting Lists from the top of the page. As with any results list you can generate a Citation overview report or Analyse search results report from a saved list.

If you are searching for your own work in Scopus and find all of your work indexed there is not connected to one Author ID there are ways of correcting your Author ID which will help you in the long run.

Create a citation overview report

A citation overview can be generated from any set of search results or from the author details page by selecting Citation Overview 

The citation overview lists of all the documents included with the total number of citations and the citations by year (going back five years by default)

  • You can change the range of years that are displayed to display up to 15 years. If there would be too many citations in the citation overview you won’t be able to display them all here but could download them all as a csv file.
  • You can chose to sort the documents by year of publication or by number of citations
  • You can chose to exclude the citations of the selected author(s) or self-citations of all the authors in the documents as well as exclude citations from books
  • A graph plotting the number of citations against the year is created  
  • An h-index for the publications selected is created and an h-graph visualising the author’s h-index can be created also.
  • You can export the citation overview for the range of years selected as a csv file, to be view in Excel, to view a breakdown of citations by year. Only the years selected in the Date range in the citation overview screen will be included.

As the citation overview can analyse any set of results it could be used to analyse documents from a group of authors or the results of a subject search etc.

A more in-depth analysis of an author's citations can be performed using InCites which draws on Web of Science data. 

Analyse author results

You can generate a report to analyse an author's output also.

If you have found a match for the author in the author results list click on the name of the author and go to the author details page. 

If all of an author's publications are not linked with an Author ID you can gather together their publications on a saved list and generate an analyse search results report which provides similar information.  

From the Author details screen you can get an overview of an author's publications 

  • A graph plotting document and citation trends
  • You can see variations on the author's name and subjects areas

You can also select Analyse author output to analyse the results in more detail

From the Analyse author output page you can

  • Breakdown the documents by source, type, year or subject; visualised as a graph
  • Click on each option to centre it. Which ever breakdown of the documents is selected you can export the visualisation as an image file or the results as a csv to view as a spreadsheet
  • You can also see an h-graph, a listing of co-authors and citations by year 

Analyse search results

From the document results screen you can always generate an Analyse search results report. If an author's documents are not all linked to the same Author ID this can produce most of the same analytics as the Analyse author results report as well as some others.

From the Analyse search results page you can:

  • See visualisations of documents by year, year by source, author, affiliation, country/territory, type and subject area
  • Whichever option is selected you can export the visualisation as an image file and the data as a csv to view to view as a spreadsheet