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For your research to be the best that it can be, you need access to the most up-to-date and highest-quality interdisciplinary content out there. This is why Scopus has a clearly stated selection policy and an internationally acclaimed board of selection experts, so you can be sure that what you see on Scopus meets your high standards.
While most of the information provided on this page is written for publishers wishing to have their content included on Scopus, we invite you to read on. We hope you’ll get a sense of the level of scrutiny and focus on authority that is the hallmark of Scopus.

What publishers need to know: Continuously reviewing and expanding Scopus

As the largest indexer of global research content, Scopus includes titles from more than 7,000 publishers worldwide. These journals, books and conference papers are visible to millions of Scopus users, who in turn read your content and then cite it in papers, in grant applications and reports, and in patent applications. To ensure that Scopus serves the broadest information needs of researchers, our Content Selection and Advisory Board (CSAB) continuously reviews suggestions and publishing programs in order to expand our content listings.

Scopus helps to:

  • Increase the visibility of your publication(s)
  • Deliver a global audience of researchers and experts for your peer-review programs
  • Track the performance of your publication(s)
  • Monitor competitive publications

Title evaluation process

We are proud of our transparent selection process and independent review board. The international experts on our content selection and advisory board continually review new titles using both quantitative and qualitative measures. Only serial titles may be suggested to the content selection and advisory board for inclusion on Scopus. Serials include journals, book series or conference series. Suggestions may be made by publishers or editors of a title. Individual researchers and librarians can also suggest titles for Scopus, but these suggestions need the support from the publisher and/or editor. Before suggesting a serial title, please:

  • Check the current Scopus title lists to be sure it’s not already indexed: Journals list(opens in new tab/window)
  • Read the board’s statement: A General Introduction to Scopus and the Work of the Content Selection and Advisory Board
  • Review the selection criteria below
  • Then use the Scopus Title Suggestion Form(opens in new tab/window)
  • Read the FAQs for the Content selection process(opens in new tab/window)
  • Review the CSAB’s suggestions on the Role of an Editor(opens in new tab/window)

The individual who suggests a title and the publisher (if different) will be informed about the outcome of the review and reason(s) for the decision. Please be advised that Scopus is pro-actively adding titles to its evaluation pipeline that can potentially enrich the database. Note that in such cases the evaluation will only commence after consent has given by the publisher or journal management. You can also track the progress of the evaluation process by entering the unique Tracking ID provided at the time of submission into the Title Evaluation Tracker(opens in new tab/window).

Title re-evaluation policy

The quality of our content is paramount for Scopus. In addition to journals undergoing a rigorous evaluation and selection processes prior to acceptance into Scopus, they must also demonstrate the ability to maintain their quality status year over year.

To determine journal quality, Scopus runs an ongoing Re-evaluation program, which identifies outlier and underperforming journals in four different ways:

  • The journal is underperforming as it does not meet any of the three metrics and benchmarks for journals in the same subject area
  • Concerns about the publication standards of the journal or publisher have been raised by formal complaints
  • The journal shows outlier behavior based on its publishing performance in Scopus
  • Continuous curation based on CSAB feedback

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statements

Publication malpractice is an unfortunate occurrence in the world of scholarly literature. It happens in all subject areas and in all jurisdictions; and few journals or books are immune. The prevention of publication malpractice is the responsibility of every author, editor, reviewer, publisher and institution.

Scopus requires that every journal we index has clear and publicly available statements of publication ethics and publication malpractice. Scopus will hold each publisher listed in the database accountable for the performance and compliance with these policies. Scopus does not mandate any specific wording of publication ethics and publication malpractice statements, but notes that:

  • Major publishers already publish comprehensive statements of compliance on their websites. See Elsevier for an example.
  • A number of industry organizations publish comprehensive guidelines and advice that can be readily adopted by any publisher.
  • Guidance on the Scopus Title Evaluation Requirements of Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement (PEMS(opens in new tab/window))