This tutorial demonstrates features available on the Search results page. 

Your search criteria appear at the top of the page for reference.

Click 'Edit' to return to the Document search page to modify your search terms.

You can save a search to run again in a future session.


After running a search, click 'Save' to save the search parameters. You must be signed in to save a search. You can save up to 200 searches.

You can create an email alert to be notified when Scopus publishes new documents that fall within your search parameters.


Click 'Set alert' and follow the prompts to set up an alert.

You can refine your search results list by entering additional keywords in the  Search within results field.

The Refine results functions allow you to limit your results to specific categories of documents.

See the Scopus online help for more information about Refine results functions.

The Analyze search results function provides an analysis of document counts to help you evaluate your results.

Click 'Show all abstracts' to display or hide the abstracts in your search results.

You can sort the documents by different criteria.

To select All search results items on a page, tick the 'All' checkbox.

To select single or multiple search results items, click the corresponding checkbox next to a results list item.

Once you have selected one or more search results items, several page functions are enabled.

You can export selected items to a file or to a reference management tool such as Mendeley or RefWorks:

•             Scopus results lists including all search results, My lists, and Saved Lists

•             Documents

•             Document references

To export your documents, select the documents from your search results, click ‘Export’ and follow the prompts.

You can download documents using the Scopus Document Download Manager powered by QUOSA. If a PDF version of a document is not available, you can download an abstract in HTM format.

You can track how often articles (such as from a particular author or journal) have been cited using the Citation Overview.

Click ‘View cited by’ to view a list of documents that have cited selected documents from your search results.

If you are signed into Scopus, you have the option to save documents to a list which may be accessed anytime you are signed into Scopus.

More menu options are available for viewing references and creating a bibliography.

You can view the references cited by the documents in your search results list. From the References list, you can output the references, view them on Scopus (if available), and view how many times they have been cited on Scopus.

You can create a bibliography of your selected documents using QuikBib.

You can print, email, or save to PDF a list of citations (including all search results and saved lists), documents, and document references from the Scopus results pages.

Click on a Document title to open the Document details page.

This is the author or authors who wrote the document. Click on an author name to open the Author details page.

This is the date the document was published.

Click on a source title to open the Source details page.

This is the title of the journal, book series, book chapter, or other source in which the document was published, as well as the volume, issue, article number, and page information.

The Cited by column shows you the number of documents that cite the listed document.


Click the number to view a list of documents which refer to the original.

Click ‘View abstract’ to see the abstract text without leaving your search results.

Links to full text and other library services are customizable and depend on how Scopus has been setup for your institution.


Click this link to view the full text of the article.

This option allows you to view the document at the publisher website in a new browser window.

Click ‘Related documents’ to retrieve other documents which share references with the document.

If a document has been accepted for publication, but not yet assigned to a volume/issue, Article in Press appears below the source title.

Open Access documents are also available on Scopus.

Similar to the Document results page, the Secondary documents search page allows you to edit the search, refine the results, sort, export, view cited by documents, and create bibliographies, as well as print, email, and create PDFs.

Because many of these documents are not available on Scopus, you cannot open the document or view the abstract. For some secondary documents, only certain fields in the citation are available to search.

A secondary document is a document that has been extracted from a Scopus document reference list but is not available directly in the Scopus database since it is not indexed by Scopus. For some of these documents, limited functionality is available on Scopus.

To view secondary documents, select the 'Secondary documents' tab.

Similar to the Document results page, the Patents search page allows you to refine the results, sort, view patent information, and show the information in the patent text that is pertinent to your search.

To view patent results, select the 'Patents' tab.

For more information about search results, see the Scopus online Help.

This concludes our tutorial for reviewing document search results.