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Libraries at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Scopus Library Guide

Rensselaer Libraries' guide for using Scopus - a multidisciplinary abstract and citation database. Includes tutorials for using tools for tracking, analyzing, and visualizing search results.

Scopus Tutorial: How to assess an author’s impact

Scopus Tutorial: How to search for an author and view their profile


Scopus Tutorial: How to search for authors by topical area


Scopus Tutorial: How to keep track of an author

Scopus Tutorial: Understand how author profiles work in Scopus


Scopus Tutorial: How to make corrections to your author profile


Scopus records how many times an author has been cited since 1996.

To check if any of your articles have been cited:

  • Open the Scopus search box and choose the "Author Search" tab.
  • Type the name of the person you would like to look up. You can also type in an affiliation, e.g., RPI).
  • Click "Search".
  • On the Author results page, click on the correct author and a new page will open that shows personal, research, and history information. On the right side of the page you will see how many documents that author has in Scopus, and below that how many times their articles have been cited since 1996.

You can also set Alerts for an author, so you will be notified by email whenever something new is published.

For more information on author impact, see the Analytics tab.

What is an h-index?

An h-index is a rough summary measure of a researcher’s productivity and impact. Productivity is quantified by the number of papers, and impact by the number of citations the researchers' publications have received.

How do I calculate my h-index using Scopus?

Step 1: First open the Scopus author search form and search for an author's name

Step 2: Select the correct entry from the author results

Step 3: View the Scopus author details page which includes the h-index

  • Scopus' author details page gives many bibliometric details including the number of publications, the number of citations, and the h-index.

Troubleshooting: what if my publications are split into multiple author entries in Scopus?

That might be easily the case! If you have or had multiple affiliations, or one of the publishers did not put your middle initial on that paper, then you will end up with multiple entries in the author results page. There is no immediate action you can take to combine the results and get a newly calculated h-index, but you can send a request to merge authors. Simply select the author entries that should be combined and follow the instructions of the Scopus Author feedback wizard. The good thing is that the updated author entries will then be available to anyone, displaying the up to date h-index!