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Workshop: Citation Counts and Journal Impact Factors for Tenure and Promotion

Scopus, Orcid, and Scimago

How to find citation counts in Scopus SciMago

  1. Scimago is a service through Scopus. If the journals are not adequately represented in the database then the impact factor will be skewed.
  2. If a journal is not indexed in Scopus, it will not show up in SciMago.
  3. Access Scopus through the WMU libraries
  4. Create an account with Scopus/Orcid
  5. Scopus defaults to the Document Search page. 
  6. Select the  second radial button "Authors"
  7. Search by author name, Orcid, affiliation. 

Scopus Authors Search page with Authors radial button circled.


Test case: 

The journal, Classical World has been in existence since 1907, but coverage in Scopus is spotty: 1972, then 1977, then 2002-ongoing. It is hard to measure impact with inconsistent data.

We also need to consider electronic embargoes on articles. If the journal hasn’t released articles from 2018, then citations will be low. Many journals require a 1or 2 year electronic embargo. The journal Classical Journal also has very low cites for 2017, 2018, possible due to an embargo. There is no way to definitively know the embargo requirements because it varies from vendor to vendor and from package to package.

SciMago Journal and Country Rank - Scopus

Scopus Scimago Journal & Country Rank 

  •  is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database, based on the widely known algorithm Google PageRank™.
  • This indicator shows the visibility of the journals contained in the Scopus® database from 1996. 

Orcid ID


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher, and through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities, ensuring that your work is recognized.