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Scopus: Searching in Scopus

Starting a Search

There are various ways to search in Scopus:

  1. Document Search - Default search option. To begin, enter the search terms in the space provided.
  2. Author Search - Click on the Author search tab to search for a specific author by name or by ORCID ID. 
  3. Affiliation Search - Click on the Affiliation tab and search for a specific affiliation.
  4. Advanced Search - Click on the Advanced tab to enter complex search queries.

Types of Searches

To begin a Document search, enter a keyword into the search box and click Search. From the results page you can:

  • See document results - Document title, Authors, Year, Source, Cited by
  • Refine results with filters (can either Limit to or Exclude) - Access type, Year, Author name, Subject area, Document type, Source title, Keyword, Affiliation, Country/territory, Source type, Language 
  • Save or Edit the search
  • Set alert (email notifications when a new articles matches your search conditions)

Click on the Author tab. Search by author information or ORCID ID. The results page provides the information in table.

After selecting an author (by clicking in the checkbox next to the author name), options will appear in the section above the results. From here you can see:

  • all documents by that author
  • view citation overview
  • or submit a request to merge authors 







Note: You can also exclude self-citations from your results list. The option(s) are located in the author profile, right under the author name. 

To find the Scopus Author Identifier: 

  1. Search for an author or an article they published.
  2. On the search page, click their name. The author's profile will open.
  3. You will find the Author ID underneath their name and affiliation details.


How to search using Author Identifier:

  1. Click Advanced Search
  2. In the Advanced search form, use the code selection box and click "AU-ID". The code is entered within the search entry form as AU-ID().
  3. Enter the author identifier within the code's parenthesis. For example: AU-ID(123456789).
  4. Click Search.

From the Affiliation tab, you can see all the documents related to your institution. The results page will list affiliation name, and document affiliation, institution, city, and country/territory. Because each author enters their own information, institution name can vary among publications. Use the information provided below for help searching UT Health San Antonio:

(university of texas health science center at san antonio OR UT health san antonio OR UT health science center at san antonio OR UTHSCSA OR UTHSC San Antonio OR UT HSC San Antonio OR University of Texas HSC San Antonio OR University of Texas HSCSA)

You can also search by SCOPUS affiliation identifiers:

("VA Medical Center"   60014232 )  OR  LIMIT-TO (AF-ID, "Cancer Therapy and Research Center"   60031643 )  OR  LIMIT-TO (AF-ID, "South Texas Veterans Health Care System"   60105859 )

An advanced search allows you to enter complex search queries using field codes, boolean, and proximity operators to narrow the scope of your search.

Advanced search tips:

  • Operators
    • Boolean operators - OR, AND, AND NOT
    • Proximity operators - W/n (indicates distance between words, but not the order) or PRE/n (terms must appear in a specific order between words)
  • Field Codes - search parts of documents using over 60 different field codes
  • Find exact or approximate phrases and words - wildcards, brakets, quotation marks
  • Exclude MEDLINE records from search results
  • Advanced search error messages

Click here for detailed information about Advanced Searching.

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