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Scopus: Your Search Results

Create an account

Create a personal account  to save searches, create alerts or save citations to folders.

You will also need an account to manage your Author profile.

If you have created a personal account in another Elsevier product, such as ScienceDirect or Mendeley, you do not need to create a new account in Scopus. Just log in with your Elsevier credentials.

Saving searches and setting alerts

Saving searches is useful for revisiting and keeping track of your research on Scopus. You can save a search from any document result list or from within your current search history.

Note: Saved searches is only available when you have an account and are signed in to Scopus.


Refining your search

Having conducted a search, if you retrieve too many results, consider if you can amend your search strategy to make it more specific.

You can return to the Search screen to add additional concepts, or search within your results by entering additional terms into the box at the top left of the results screen.

Alternatively, you can refine your results using the refine options in the left hand pane of the results screen. You can refine by:

  • Publication details (year, journal, open access status, publication type)
  • Authors or their countries/institutions
  • Subject areas and
  • Keywords

To do this, make use of the refine options in the left hand pane of the results screen:

  • Select appropriate refine options by checking the relevant boxes.
  • Click on View more, then View all, for each refine category to make more choices.
  • Click on the Limit to or Exclude button.


Analyze your search results

You can analyze your search results by year of publication, source, author, affiliation, country/territory, document type and subject area.

Expanding your search

Having conducted a search, if you find that you do not retrieve many results, firstly consider broadening your search strategy. Or perhaps you find that there is not much published on your topic, for instance, if it is very niche or new area.

Then consider expanding your search by identifying citing articles, viewing references in relevant articles, or using the Scopus related documents feature.