Scopus is the perfect platform for conducting research on research. As an abstracting and indexing tool, Scopus has the ability to help researchers establish trending topics within their fields, which countries or institutions are publishing the most on these topics, and so much more.
Now, add-on applications are available to help Scopus researchers collect and track specific types of data. Much like cell phone applications provide add-on programs that do not come standard on Android phones and iPhones, these Scopus applications provide add-on features and functions to customize your Scopus search results. Click here to view a list of available applications.
Here are some popular apps to start with:
“Author Wordle” forms a word cloud by pulling common key words from titles listed under the author you have chosen to search for using Scopus. After installing the app, use “author search” in Scopus to search for any author.
Find your author’s name on the generated list of search results. Clicking the author’s name will bring you to the author’s profile page. On the author’s profile page, find the Wordle app on the bottom of the right sidebar. Wordle will generate a cloud of words that appear frequently in the author’s texts helping you, the researcher, to determine the author’s area of interest or expertise. Clouds can be modified to display words in different fonts, orientations, and colors.
More By These Authors
Looking for more articles by the same author? Use any article to launch “More By These Authors,” an app that shows you the most recently published articles by the authors of the article you are currently viewing as the search terms.
Looking for a visual representation of your research? The “Venn Diagrams” app graphically shows a relationship between the keywords you have chosen.
After installing the app, search two or three terms using Scopus. A Venn diagram will automatically be generated in the left sidebar using the terms you have selected. Hover over overlapping areas to discover how many search results may be generated from the combinations of terms.
Click on any of section of the diagram to launch a new search using just one (or two) of your search terms.