Scopus Introduces Preprints into its Author Profiles

Scopus now includes preprints posted since 2017 in its author profiles. At present, it includes preprints from arXiv, bioRxiv, and ChemRxiv. They plan to add SSRN and medRxiv by early 2021. 

Scopus states that it is making this change because it views preprints as an important part of the research lifecycle, one that allows other scholars to “identify potential collaboration partners” who are “performing cutting edge” research. The addition of preprints will also help provide a more “comprehensive” overview of a researcher’s portfolio as it allows them to share the early stages of their scholarship. 

Scopus is careful to note they will not use preprints for any impact metric calculations.  The final published version will be included in metric calculations, and it will be listed in the author profile as a separate document from its earlier preprint. They are currently evaluating the possibility of linking preprints to their published versions. 

Please note that preprints are not included in the Scopus document search. This addition is just occurring in the Scopus author profiles. 

More about Author Profiles: Every author of a paper published in Scopus has an author profile automatically created. You can view your author profile, or the profile of other researchers, by using their limited, freely accessible author profile search, or by using the author search in Scopus via Scott Library or Scopus via Gutman Library. While authors may request edits to their profile using the Scopus Author Feedback Wizard, preprints cannot be corrected using that tool. Authors can, however, contact the Scopus Support Center with questions or feedback. 

Learn more about Scopus’s decision to add preprints to its author profiles in their support center. 

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