Does Scopus Put its Own Journal Selection Criteria into Practice?

Taşkın Z., Doğan G., Akca S., Şencan İ., Akbulut M.

15th International Conference of the International-Society-for-Scientometrics-and-Informetrics (ISSI) on Scientometrics and Informetrics, İstanbul, Turkey, 29 June - 04 July 2015, pp.1198-1199 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.1198-1199


Scopus has been one of the main abstract and citation databases introduced by Elsevier in 2004 to the scientific area. With the multidisciplinarity and international coverage aspects, it is one of the largest databases of peer-reviewed literature in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts, and humanities. There have been several literature studies assessing different aspects of Scopus since the very beginning. The following consists mainly of a description of Scopus, comparing it with the other databases, from the point of usability and accessibility, evaluations regarding the number of citations, and so on. Although there have been many studies about content evaluation and comparisons with other databases, to our knowledge no study has been published focusing on the journal selection criteria of Scopus. The main goal of this study is to evaluate Scopus journals and draw a picture regarding the quality of the journals indexed in Scopus. The two research questions of this study are:

  • -  Do the journals indexed in Scopus match with the Scopus indexing criteria?

  • -  Is there any contribution of the journals that does not fulfil the criteria of Scopus with respect to diversity of authors, institutions and countries as well as internationality of referees, editors and authors?