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Scopus: How and where to index my journal?

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Jorge Hugo Figueroa (Trad.)


Scopus: How and where to index my journal?

Scopus It brings together more than 18,000 publications from various publishers and is considered one of the best options for indexing scientific journals, medical journals, abstracts, among other documents.

Let us remember that indexing in databases is one of the goals that every journal must have, because doing so will have a more visual image and a wider reach, so that publishers can the research or author is seen by more readers and their work is more relevant to it time use them as a reference.

Therefore, if you are wondering whether Scopus can be an alternative for indexing your newspaper, stay and read till the end because here we will clarify your doubts you and answer your questions.

What's Scopus?

Let’s be clear, indexing your journal is better than never doing it at all. Above we have mentioned some advantages but have not mentioned other important aspects that should not be overlooked, such as:

Journal indexing can help you:

  • Increase academic reputation.
  • Impact readers optimally.
  • Increase the number of citations.
  • Achieve knowledge dissemination in accredited institutions.
  • Validate your editorial process internationally.
  • Gain greater reach of the authenticated knowledge you disseminate.

Now, Scopus includes all these guidelines and more, so we should consider it an eloquent choice if we want our journal to have a significant impact on the scientific community as well as its reputation and reach.

Scopus was founded in 2000 by the publisher Elsevier and since then it has been used by scientists, librarians, editors, students and authors who want to lend credibility to their writing. This is a database that collects abstracts and citations from scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings.

Furthermore, we must understand Scopus is one of the main search indexes covers 240 disciplines, to date and as if that weren’t enough, this content comes from around 7,000 publishers.

What does Scopus include?

If you have any doubts about whether your journal is indexed in Scopus, we provide you with the following information: data as reference for their high quality and why you should use them.

On the Scopus website we can see a number of elements integrated:

  • 87M+ documents (up to 1788).
  • 1.8B+ references cited (until 1970).
  • More than 17 million author profiles.
  • More than 335,000 books (including book series).
  • 7K+ editors.
  • 94K+ membership profiles.

Why your journal should be in Scopus?

Certain features or conditions should be evaluated before deciding to bet on Scopus as a journal indexer, which is why we mentioned some parameters to consider.

First, Scopus has a rigorous academic level, that is, this database complies with high-level ethics or actions in its publication process. Second, it has an annual journal reevaluation process in order to maintain the quality of the content. Third, it provides metrics to show the influence of journals, articles and authors.

On this last point we will pause for a moment. Among its metrics are:

  • Journal-level metrics: This range incorporates CiteScore™ Metrics, SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and Source Normalized Impact per Article (SNIP).
  • Metrics at the article level: in the particular case of PlumX Metrics, this analyzes the response of readers to the content.
  • Author Metrics: in this case are h-index and h-chart, citation summary tracking tools, and visual analytics combined.

So, why should you consider using Scopus for your journal? The short answer is that inclusion in Scopus is free and will increase the number of potential readers.

However, remember that although access to Scopus is free, only individual users such as researchers, affiliated with an agency or registered organization, can access it. But there is the possibility of free access to some functions if you enter Scopus Preview as a non-subscriber.

Taking this into account, we recommend that you analyze other indexing options for the journalin case this is necessary.

How and where to register my journal for indexing in Scopus?

Like any journal index, Scopus has certain parameters that you must follow for indexing. It has a Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB), responsible for reviewing and selecting materials that meet its high standards.

  • Content must be peer-reviewed and have a corresponding review policy.
  • Must have an ISSN and publish regularly.
  • Have content that is relevant and rich for the audience, and the summary and title must be in English.
  • Have a public publishing ethics and misconduct statement, as we showed you in a previous article.

If you have more questions about creating an indexed journal in Scopus, you can look here.

How to get a free advance review report for your journal?

If you want to be indexed in Scopus, on its portal you can get a free pre-review report for your journal. This assessment acts as a kind of preliminary check to determine the technical and administrative criteria to increase the likelihood of your journal being included in Scopus.

You will need to fill out a form with some information like this:

  • Journal title.
  • Your full name.
  • Your role.
  • Country.
  • E-mail.
  • Journal website (English version).

You will also need to select a yes/no option if available, such as: The journal has a minimum of 2 years of publication history.

It’s worth noting that you should pay attention to the comments that appear next to simple selection options.

Completing this pre-assessment step does not guarantee that the application will be approved, but if you meet all the requirements, you may receive good news.

Final step: fill out the title suggestion form

Once the application has been submitted and everything has been submitted and analyzed by CSAB, the final step will be to fill out the ownership form.

Here we advise you to carefully read each of the criteria set by Scopus so as not to encounter any obstacles when submitting the title that appears, it is essential that you respect all agreements.

If you want to know about the progress of your assessment, you can do so by visiting the tracking section.

Who can use Scopus?

Throughout this content, we’ve given you some clues about who might use Scopus, but let’s get back to that point.

We already know that researchers, scientists and publishers can use Scopus, but it can also be used by organizations or institutions, government agencies and businesses that want to analyze and publish their research.

If you want your journal indexed in Scopus and you have read the entire article and are still not sure about this decision, you can leave a comment or write to us now.

Do you want to learn more about indexes, bibliographies or databases for indexing journals? Check out our article Bibliographic indexing: requirements to index your journal and more.

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