Bibliometrics and Impact Factor: Finding Journal-Level Metrics in Scopus

This guide explains how impact factor is used and calculated in journal and article rankings, as well as other methods of citation analysis.

Finding Journal-Level Metrics in Scopus

  1. To get to Scopus, go to the library homepage at
  2. Click on the Databases tab below the search box. Click on S and navigate to Scopus
  3. Click on the Sources option along the top of the search page

  1. To search for a single title, change the dropdown menu to Title and search for the journal. whose metrics you want to see. The journal’s CiteScore will be listed. If you would like to see more information about the journal, click on the journal title.

  1. To see the journals in a given subject area so that you can compare them, choose the Subject area option from the dropdown menu, then click the Enter subject area link to see a list of subject areas as they are indexed. Choose the subject area you wish to review and then choose Apply.

  1. You can see the journals indexed in a given subject area ranked based to their CiteScore. CiteScore is a measure in Scopus that is used to evaluate the impact of serials, like academic journals. The number calculates the average number of citations a journal receives for the four prior years and divides them by the number of articles, reviews, conference papers, book chapters, and data papers published during the same period.
  2. You can also click on the title of a journal to see some additional metrics, such as the SJR and SNIP. SJR stands for SCImago Journal Rank. This measure is weighted by the prestige of the journal, subject field, quality, and reputation of the journal. SNIP Stands for Source Normalized Impact Per Paper and measures the contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field.  
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