April 2, 2014, by Graham Kendall

Is it Scopus indexed?

This post comes under a short series articles, in the category of Research Tools, which we hope will help you as you carry out your research.

The most useful of these posts will also be linked from UNMC’s Research and Knowledge Transfer web site to give another way to access this information.

This post is tagged with Journal Rankings, so that we can combine similar posts together.

The post is also tagged with Scopus, which gives you access to other posts in this area.

If you have other suggestions for what this mini-series might cover, please let us know and we’ll write a blog post for it.

Is your paper listed by Scopus?

We often need to know if the paper we are planning to submit is a Scopus ranked journal. This is important in the Malaysian context as (at the time of writing) the MyRA instrument requires us to explictly state what papers are listed in Scopus’s database.

There are many ways to access this information, two of which we describe below:


This first method does not require you to be a subscriber to the service, so is a quick method if you just want to see if the outlet is listed in the database.

  1. Navigate to http://www.scimagojr.com/.
  2. Fom this page you can look at journal rankings, search for a specific journal etc.
  3. You are also able to look at various country rankings, country information etc.

This is a very useful resource if you just want to have a quick look for a specific resource.


The second method requires you to login. We have access to the service as the University of Nottingham (and the Malaysia Campus) are subscribers.

  1. Navigate to http://www.scopus.com/home.url
  2. From the resulting screen, you may need to login. The best way is to use the “Athens and Shibboleth (Institutional) users” option and supply your login details (your usual username/password) when requested, after searching for the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, and chssoing that as your institution.
  3. Once you are logged in, you have access to the search screen, whch enables you to search for various resources.


What is the Impact Factor of your paper?

From the main search screen, there is an option to Browse Sources. This takes you to a screen that lists the all the sources in the Scopus database.

You can search for specific journals, or search by ISSN.

By clicking on a specific (say) journal you can view its impact factor, find its ISSN, E-ISSN etc.


If you know of other (simpler) ways to access which journals are Scopus ranked, and their impact factor, please post a comments and we will update this post.


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