Scopus: a Database Inspired by the Hamerkop Bird






This is a photograph of the Hammerkop bird (Scopus umbretta).  Impressive looking, isn’t it? But what’s it doing strutting around on this blog? It just so happens that UCSF has a trial for the Scopus database through 2014, and the name, Scopus, was inspired by this bird,  reportedly because it has excellent navigation skills. (see the connection ?)

So what is Scopus? It’s a database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. There is some overlap with MEDLINE but Scopus includes records from the EMBASE database, so it has especially strong European coverage. Scopus allows researchers to see who has cited their work in the past, and to follow new citations going forward by setting up alerts through email or RSS. It allows research officers to develop a profile of UCSF research

Scopus can help you:

  • Find related documents by shared references, authors, and/or keywords
  • Match an organization with its research output using Affiliation Identifier
  • Identify collaborators or subject experts with Author Identifier
  • Track citations over time for authors or documents with Citation Overview/Tracker
  • Assess trends in search results with Analyze Results
  • View h-index for authors
  • Analyze an author’s publishing output with Author Evaluator
  • Gain insight into journa performance with Journal Analyzer

Scopus is available from the UCSF Library on a trial basis through the end of 2014.

I’m afraid that unlike PubMed this database is only available to UCSF affiliates and you’d have to fly to Africa to see the Hamerkop.



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David is the Education & Information Consultant, Basic Sciences
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