If you’ve published a research output in a book, in a conference proceedings or journal, you may have an online identity that you are not aware of and it might not be accurate.
Why do I need to check my profile?
If your details in Scopus are incorrect, your publication record will be incomplete and possibly confusing to those interested in reading or citing your research. It will also mean that the bibliometric information that you can access via your Scopus Author Profile will be inaccurate.
Data from Scopus are also used in some of the University rankings (for example, the QS University Rankings) - If your publications are attributed to the wrong institution, your publication record and citation metrics will not be included in your actual institution's score.
For Reading research staff: It is also worth checking out your Scopus Author ID to make sure that the articles attributed to you are correct because the bibliometric data used in the University of Reading’s Research Outputs Support System (ROSS) dashboards are taken from the Scopus database via SciVal If your details are wrong, unreliable data will be pulled through into the University’s reporting process.
Finding your Scopus Author profile
To check your Scopus Author profile, visit the Scopus website (available when using the University’s IP range or via the VPN) or use the free to access preview version if your institution does not subscribe to Scopus).
Choose the ‘Author Search’ tab from the Search menu and enter your details.
If you’ve worked at several institutions it is best to leave the affiliation information blank. When the search results appear, it is worth choosing the ‘Show profile matches with one document’ (shown highlighted) option as publications can sometimes fail to aggregate under one author ID.
Click on your name to bring up the details page with a list of the publications attributed to you.
If your details are right
Great! Take a look at how your papers/articles are being cited, view your h-graph and analyse your author output (h-index, documents by source and type, documents by subject, coauthors and citations).
You might want to link your Scopus Author Profile to your ORCID ID if you have one – check out our ORCID library guide for help on how to do this. Check your Scopus Author Profile from time to time to check that new publications are being added correctly. You can also set up an alert that will email you when new publications are added.
If your details are wrong
If you have several Author Profiles or there are publications in your profile that do not belong to you, you can ask Scopus to merge them. You can do this by using the ‘Request author detail corrections’ link or use the Scopus Author Feedback Wizard (or contact Karen Rowlett, the University’s Research Publications Adviser who can do this on your behalf). It is worth checking that any missing publications have not been attributed to another researcher of a similar name. Corrections are usually done within 2-4 weeks.
In the Scopus database, outputs from the same author are aggregated in to a Scopus Author ID. As the information is collated automatically, you may find that the wrong articles have been attributed to you or that your articles have been split across several duplicate IDs.
Each author is assigned a Scopus ID number and the details of their publications are listed. Any citations to the outputs are counted some bibliometric data are calculated for the author.
The Scopus database collates outputs from thousands of journals and other publications and track citations to them. The database is useful for searching for articles relevant to your research, helping you to decide where to publish, identifying potential collaborators and also helping you to discover who is citing your work and how often it is being cited.
If you are not sure how to check your Scopus Author ID or need help in sorting out your profile, please contact Karen Rowlett, Research Publications Adviser. There are also some regular sessions running through People Development on Managing your digital researcher profile and ORCID. You can check when the next course is running by searching the People Development course database.