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What is SCOPUS?

SCOPUS was launched in 2004 by Elsevier's in collaboration with researchers and librarians across the world as a single abstract and citation database with high-quality web sources and peer reviewed literature such as scientific journals, books and conferences. The name SCOPUS comes from the bird Scopus Umbretta (Hammerkop) which has excellent navigation skills and is inspired by the producer. It is designed in a way to provide scientific information comprehensively, quickly and easily. SCOPUS aims to deliver an extensive view of research outcomes from all the areas of arts, humanities, science and technology. SCOPUS promotes intelligent research tracking, analyzing and visualization tools.
SCOPUS journals consists of 36,377 titles (both active & inactive) including 34,346 peer-reviewed journals, 5,500 open access journals, about 11,678 publishers with 520 conference proceedings, approximately 294 trade publications and 852 book series. SCOPUS journal ensures to assess the important multidisciplinary research works across the world through 431 scientific web pages. SCOPUS provides seamless accessing links for various library resources and full-text articles. It gives access to reach global level audiences such as researchers and project experts for providing ultimate research solutions.

Why SCOPUS journals?

SCOPUS journal list is designed in a way to make the scientific research workflow more systematic and productive. It protects the accuracy of the research contents by identifying all research gaps for future investigations and findings. SCOPUS helps to find new emerging trends by keeping up to date on all scientific research works that enables researchers to get proper authorization and supportive growth in career.
SCOPUS enhances the visibility and discoverability of the research work than any other platforms to reach a wider network of researchers and librarians. It automatically validates the user research profile to various new insights for improving multidisciplinary research and user credentials. SCOPUS allows users to track and analyze the status of citation and publication of the manuscript. It also helps to optimize the funding and investment research. SCOPUS also protects the integrity and scholarly records of authors which take control of their own future and reputations. SCOPUS encourages the research institutions and organizations to increase the performance, rankings and reputations.

SCOPUS indexed Journals

The reputation of a journal is calculated by journal abstracting and indexing services which is highly essential for the success of a scientific journal. Each and every journal indexing platform has its own set of guidelines to choose a right journal for indexing.
SCOPUS, the largest leading indexing platform provides perceptions for scientific literatures and peer reviewed journals. It is a comprehensive database with high rankings and quality indexing journals. Indexing databases is important to make the scientific research work to reach a wide range of audiences such as readers, authors, librarians, scholars, educators etc,. SCOPUS indexed journals increase the chances of citation of the manuscript with improved academic standing and performances where many indexing journals also provide citation counts and article metrics.
Content coverage plays a vital role in selection of research titles. The major research content in SCOPUS comes from journals that offer various physical factors including electronics, prints and more. The publications with ISSN number are highly recommended for SCOPUS reviews, secondary resources or patent publications.
SCOPUS accepts nearly 200 journals and is under process to add the journals in SCOPUS indexed journal lists at the end of August 2022. The journals which come under SCOPUS index are reviewed with high quality checks based on the four numerical measures such as Source Normalized Impact per Paper(SNIP), h-index, SCImago Journal Rank(SJR) and CiteScore.
Journal indexing is considered the biggest approach. Journal publishers which are indexed in SCOPUS have a lot of benefits such as publication reputation, article-level metrics system, wide visibility of journal contents etc. Researchers must be aware and give priority to outstanding publications which are published in indexed journals.

Identification of SCOPUS journal List

As a responsible journal provider it is important to prevent publication malpractice. SCOPUS finds journals which are advertising themselves as indexed in SCOPUS journal lists but not. A journal with the SCOPUS logo doesn’t mean that the journal is indexed in the SCOPUS website. SCOPUS urges its author to take notes on the following steps before publishing the manuscript in the journal which is included in SCOPUS.
Step 1
Visit the official website of SCOPUS at www.scopus.com which directs you to the search page.
Step 2
Check source options in the web page and the journal lists.
Step 3
Check whether the targeted journal is available in the list or not by using the title, name of journal publisher or the ISSN number of the journal.
Step 4
Enter all the details of the journal in the search option to get access to the journal databases such as available citation reports, content coverage and journal metrics.
Step 5
Finally, the entire details of the journal with database coverage of the targeted journal which is indexed in SCOPUS is easily identified.


To improve the reputation of the journal and its publication it should be indexed with top indexing services like SCOPUS. It has precise publication requirements which are important to meet the needs of audiences. SCOPUS has a strict journal selection process which is briefly described under its Content Selection and Advisory Board(CSAB). It consists of an international group of scientific experts who are specialized in their disciplines. As per CSAB recommendation the journal should possess the following selection criteria to index in SCOPUS,
Pre selection conditions:
  • The publication contents should be on a regular basis and describe the peer-review process publicly.
  • The journal should have an ISSN international center registered International Standard Serial Number (ISSN).
  • The journal must have a publication history of the past 2+ years.
  • References should be included in Roman script and the manuscripts must provide English- language abstracts and titles.
  • The journal should have publicly available publication malpractice and ethics statements such as COPE, CONSORT and WAME.
  • The journal articles should have relevant contents with international readership.

The committee members of CSAB are subject experts who are actively looking for literature that connects all the levels of the research community. CSAB follows five basic categories to evaluate journal eligibility. They are,
Journal policy
  • The editorial policy and the details of the editorial board members with designation and affiliation details should be included in the journal website.
  • Briefly describes types of peer review followed by the journal.
  • Proves the diversity of geographical distribution of authors and editors.
Journal policy
  • Journal contents must have academic research contributions.
  • Abstracts of the manuscripts should possess high clarity.
  • Manuscripts must be well-framed and promote readability.
  • The published article should be with high quality contents that fits the journal's aim and scope.
Journal standing
  • The journal must prove the citation of its journal articles in SCOPUS.
  • Demonstrate editor standing through online professional information.
Publishing regularity
  • Journal should have no delay or break offs in its publication schedule.
  • The journal must have a past 2+ year publication history.
Online availability
  • All journal contents must be available online.
  • The journal homepage should be available for the English-language version.
  • Journal should be with high-quality homepage.

The application process to get the journal indexed in SCOPUS is easy, if the journal feels that it suits all terms of SCOPUS. Move to pre-evaluation of Scopus submission page and fill up the form with three recent journal issues or table of contents of nine plus articles in pdf format.
To get the journal indexed in SCOPUS the journal should meet all the criteria mentioned in SCOPUS. Once the application form is ready it is evaluated by CSAB before submitting a complete Title Suggestion form. SCOPUS gives complete attention to ensure the submitted contents. It also gathers various information of the journal like publication duration, content delivery to Elsevier, acceptance, time etc. If the journal is accepted the engagement manager of SCOPUS will contact the journal via mail and guide to proceed further.

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