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To keep track of what's happening in your research world, turn to Scopus. Across all research fields—science, mathematics, engineering, technology, health and medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities—Scopus delivers a broad overview of global, interdisciplinary scientific information that researchers, teachers and students need to stay informed.

publishers indexed in scopus imageComprehensive: Scopus has twice as many titles and over 50% more publishers listed than any other A&I database, with interdisciplinary content that covers the research spectrum. Timely updates from thousands of peer-reviewed journals, preliminary findings from millions of conference papers, and the thorough analysis in an expanding collection of books ensure you have the most up-to-date and highest quality interdisciplinary content available.

Frequently updated: Never miss out on what's new in your field. Scopus is the only leading database that is updated daily rather than just weekly.

Unbiased: You can rely on our independent and expert content selection & advisory board (CSAB) who use strict criteria to vet the sources that Scopus includes. Learn more about our current board and content selection methods.

Reliable: By focusing on the world of research, you can trust that your Scopus search results will be accurate and relevant, and delivered to you quickly so you can spend less time searching and more time reading.

What content is included in Scopus?


More than 60 million records in Scopus, which includes:

  • Over 21,500 peer-reviewed journals, of which more than 4,200 are full open access (see the Scopus Source List)
  • Over 360 trade publications
  • Publications from more than 5,000 international publishers, including Cambridge University Press, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Nature Publishing Group, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell and, of course, Elsevier
  • Articles-in-press (i.e., articles that have been accepted for publication) from more than 5,000 titles
  • For an overview of titles that are discontinued in Scopus see the Scopus Discontinued Sources List


More than 130,000 books (see the book title list), available in Scopus and 10,000 added each year.

  • Plus, more than 1100 Book Series containing over 34,000 individual volumes
  • Subject areas: Focus on Social Sciences and Arts & Humanities, but also  includes Science, Technology & Medicine (STM)
  • Coverage years: Back to 2003 for all subject areas
  • Book types: Monographs, edited volumes, major reference works, and graduate level text books

Open Access Journals

Out of the 21,500+ active journals indexed in Scopus, more than 4,200 are listed as open access (OA). In Scopus, journals are identified as OA if they are registered with either the Directory of Open Access Journals or the Directory of Open Access Scholarly Resources, and are the following OA journal types:

  • Gold OA & Gold (waived) Journals: Journals in which an Article Processing Charge (APC) has been paid and all articles are available online without any restrictions
  • Subsidized Journals: Journals which do not charge an APC, but instead are subsidized by other means (including university, government, agency, corporate sponsorship, print subscriptions, and advertising)

Note that, in Scopus, OA is only recognized at the journal level and not at the article level, which means the following journal types are not identified in Scopus as OA:

  • Hybrid OA Journals: Subscription-based journals that offer an APC-based OA option
  • Delayed Hybrid OA Journals: Subscription-based journals which provide free online access upon the expiry of an embargo period, following the initial article publication date
  • Subscription Journals: Journals which cover publication costs through access tolls such as subscription costs

To see the full list of OA journals in Scopus, download the Scopus Source List and filter column Q: ‘Open Access status,’ by OA status. Note: the Scopus title list is updated three to four times per year which may result in minor and temporary discrepancies in a journal’s OA status. You can also browse Scopus’ OA journals via the Browse Sources tab on

Conference papers

7.2 Million conference papers from over 88,800 worldwide events, containing:

  • High energy physics from the inSPIRE database
  • Computer science conferences and workshops from DBLP Computer Science Bibliography
  • Society meetings including the IEEE, American Chemical Society (ACS), Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS), American Geophysical Union (AGU), European Society of Cardiology (ESC), International Society for Chemotherapy (ISC), American Society for Information Security (ASIS), Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME), and many more


27 million patents from five patent offices:

  • US Patent & Trademark Office
  • European Patent Office
  • Japan Patent Office
  • World Intellectual Property Organization
  • UK Intellectual Property Office

Speaking with the Scopus CSAB: How do you oversee the breadth and quality of Scopus content?

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