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Research Impact for Fine Arts and Music

What is Scopus?

Scopus provides access to peer-reviewed journals (including Open Access journals), books and conference papers in the Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences. Coverage includes citation data, benchmarking information and journal impact data.

Things to consider:

  • Coverage of journals and other publications within the creative arts is not extensive, although researchers within music therapy, music psychology and education may find results.
  • You can create an account within Scopus to save your records as you find them.
  • In addition to Basic Search, you should also check Secondary document results.

Finding individual articles in Scopus

Finding individual publication metrics using Scopus

Magee, W. L. and J. W. Davidson. 2002. "The Effect of Music Therapy on Mood States in Neurological Patients: A Pilot Study." Journal of Music Therapy 39 (1): 20-29. doi:10.1093/jmt/39.1.20.

  1. Use Document Search to search for the output title.
  2. The Cited by column on the search page will tell you how many citations have been found for this title. You can click on this number to go straight to the list of citing documents.

  1. Clicking on the article title will take you to the overview detail for that article. You can then select all metrics to get more information.

The screen is divided into (i) Scopus Metrics at the top and (ii) PlumX Metrics below that in the screen layout:

(i) Scopus Metrics

(ii) PlumX Metrics inside Scopus

Field Weighted Citation Impact - Single Article

1. Go to Scopus

2. Search for the paper

3. The Field-Weighted Citation Impact for that paper is listed with other metrics on the right of the page

Using Author Search in Scopus

Using Author Search to find multiple publications

  1. Select Authors on the search page and enter your search terms.
  2. Select the appropriate name from the results list. You can select more than one entry by checking the box next to the name and then clicking on Show documents. (Note: If you are looking for your own name, requesting to merge authors will ensure all your publications are within the one profile.)
  3. You can then select individual articles or view the author overview.

Viewing Secondary documents

Secondary document search 

Within Scopus, a secondary document is a title that has been found in a reference list but is not available directly within the Scopus database. This happens where a citation is found in a publication not indexed by Scopus. Viewing the secondary documents will sometimes provide additional data on articles.

  1. From the results page, click on View secondary documents in the top right hand corner. To return to your original list, click Back to results.

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