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Scopus: Article Metrics

Article Metrics

Do you want to learn more about the impact of your articles?  

Do you find it difficult to keep up with the literature and would like a way to identify articles creating the most "buzz?"

Scopus has always included the citation count for the articles it indexes.  With the addition of new metrics, including "altmetrics," Scopus offers investigators another option to measure the attention an article is getting.

“We believe no single metric tells the whole story — you need a basket of metrics to make informed decisions,” says Michael Habib, Scopus Senior Product Manager, Elsevier.  “By combining citation and alternative metrics, this new Article Metrics module will provide a comprehensive view of both the impact of and community engagement with an article.” 

Read more about the metrics included in the Scopus Blog or scroll down the page to learn how to use the new Article Metrics tool.

The Article Metrics Sidebar Summary


(Click on the image to open it in a new window.)

To see metrics for an article, click on the title in the results list.  This opens the document details page.  You will see a summary of the available metrics in the sidebar.  These include:   

  • Citation count and percentile benchmark
  • Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)
  • Mendeley readership count and benchmark
  • Count of 1 type of scholarly commentary (e.g., blog posts, Wikipedia)
  • Count and benchmark of 1 type of social activity (e.g., Twitter, Facebook)
  • Total count of additional metrics and link to see breakdown by source 

Scopus is introducing new percentile benchmarks to show how article citations or activity compare with the averages for similar articles, taking into account:

  • Date of publication
  • Document type
  • Disciplines associated with its source

The Full Article Metrics Module

Click on "View All Metrics" in the bottom of the sidebar metrics summary to open the full article metrics module.  (Click on the image to open it in a new window.)

Note: Click on a tab for even more detailed information.  This varies by metric, but often includes links to news articles, blogs and tweets. 

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