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Tenure and Promotion at William & Mary

This guide assists tenure-track and research active faculty with identifying sources for and obtaining quantitative data, also known as metrics, about their publications as part of the tenure and/or promotion process.

Getting Started with Scopus

Scopus is a multidisciplinary citation index published by Elsevier. Currently, Scopus contents include:

  • 75+ million total records
  • 194,000 books (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences)
  • 23,500+ peer-reviewed journals
  • Coverage from 1970 - present (bulk); some archival

Title-level recommendations are made by Scopus's Content Selection & Advisory Board (CSAB), an advisory board independent of Scopus, with representation from researchers, scientists, and librarians from across disciplines. CSAB members are required to indicate any conflicts of interest when reviewing titles, and they apply Scopus's Content Policy and Selection criteria when recommending a title for inclusion into Scopus. 

Author Metrics

Author profiles are discoverable in Scopus by searching author name (Last, First) or ORCID; users may narrow results by limiting or excluding institutional affiliations, cities, and countries/territories. 

Additionally, Scopus employs an algorithm to create the Scopus Author Identifier, which automatically assigns authors a unique number and groups like publications. It is important to remember that the author profile reflects only that content indexed by Scopus and may not reflect the full scope of an author's contributions, as some publications, presentations, and other works that are not indexed by Scopus may be missing. Authors should review their profiles to ensure that publications have been correctly attributed to them. 

Metrics available through author profiles include: 

  • Number of documents by author
  • Number of citations
  • h-index, with ability to view the h-graph
  • Document & citation trends
  • Citation overview:
    • Customizable date range
    • Exclude self-citations of selected and all authors, as well as exclude citations from books
    • Includes each document, the date of publicationwhich includes each document, the date of publication, the number of citations by year; data can be exported to Excel
  • Most contributed topics
  • Preprints
  • Co-Authors
  • Topics

Users can also set document and author citation alerts for each author, and they can also export author data to SciVal for more analysis.

Journal Reports

Three different journal metrics can be obtained through Scopus:

  • SCIMago Journal and Country Rank
  • CiteScore ("average citations received per document published in the serial")
  • Scopus SNIP ("actual citations received relative to citations expected for the serial’s subject field")


To find journals within Scopus, select Sources from the landing page and then search for the publication by title, ISSN, publisher, or subject area. Source pages may contain the current CiteScore, SJR, and SNIP scores. Historical CiteScores, as well as the formula for calculating these, can also be found along with the publication's rank and percentile within each category (e.g., Business, Management, and Accounting - Business and International Management; Business, Management, and Accounting - Marketing). Users can also investigate the publication's CiteScore rank and trend, including the value and percentile in category, and compare the publication with other sources in the field.


This guide was reused and adapted from Promotion & Tenure Resource Guide, by Iowa State University Library. Available:

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