Search for authors and the related author profiles


In addition to this brief description there is an E-Tutorial: Scopus - Suche nach Autorinnen und Autoren und deren Profile


Contents of the brief description

The following brief description explains how to run a search for authors, for example the noble prize winner Thomas Christian Südhof, and shows which information the related author profile contains.


Search by author name

Screenshot Scopus search by author name


First, select the search for authors and enter the last name. Instead of the whole first name, it is also possible to write only the initial. Therefore, we can also write a "T" in the example instead of "Thomas". This can be really helpful in case that different versions of an authors first name exist. But, in contrast, common names can lead to a huge amount of results. Adding an affiliation – if known – can be useful in these cases.

  Screenshot Scopus Search Tips


More search tips can be found in the "Search Tips" section.


  Screenshot Scopus Search by author name start


Via "Search" the search will be started.



Screenshot Scopus search by author name results


Three results will be displayed, which can all be suitable for the preferred person. The first result ist the most extensive, so we have a look at this one first.

  Screenshot Scopus Search by Suedhof results


Scopus automatically creates an authors profile as soon as a new publication with an unknown author is indexed. An algorithm identifies the required meta data from the document. The created profiles can be incomplete, but you can request a correction or addition to these automatically created profiles at any time by using "Edit profile".


Detailed display of the author profile

Screenshot Scopus details of the author profile


The authors details page is devided into different categories:

On the top you can find personal information like the name, the associated affiliation and the ORCID, which serves as author identification across platforms. To view other name variations, affiliation history, and subject areas click "Show all author info".

  Screenshot Scopus details of the author profile Suedhof
  Screenshot Scopus details of the author profile output


Below that, information about publications and citations is listed. The number of documents in Scopus, their citation frequency, the number of cited documents and the h-index of the noble prize winner are displayed on the left, whereas the scientific output as well as the achieved citations can be found displayed in the diagram on the right.

  Screenshot Scopus Analyze authors output


The "Analyze author output" page provides a visual graphic representation and evaluation of the bibliometric data of the author Thomas Christian Südhof, for example the used sources for his publications or how the h-index is calculated. These analyses can be exported as CSV- or ZIP-files (which contain different file formats) for further processing.

  Screenshot Scopus Search Author Topics


A list on the right shows the three topics where Südhof has pushlished the most in between 2016 and 2020.

  Screenshot Scopus author search view all topics


Three more can be seen by using the function "View all topics".

  Screenshot Scopus author search documents


On the bottom you can find a list of Südhofs publications included in the database. Further, the cited documents, preprints, co-authors and subject areas can be displayed.



Request to merge authors

Screenshot Scopus Request to merge authors


There appeared two more names in the authors search. To test, if the data to "Thomas Christian Südhof" are complete, we need to take a closer look at the search results. In this case, the second and third record seem to belong to the noble prize winner, too. When you are sure, that two (or more) records belong to the same person, you can request to merge the authors via "Request to merge authors".

  Screenshot Scopus Request to merge authors

Common consideration of different author entries

Screenshot Scopus Common consideration of different author entries


If a common consideration of different author entries is preferred over a combination, you need to log in Scopus by using your personal data. If you can see your initials on the top right, your Login was successful.
The records you want to save in a common author list need to be selected.

  Screenshot Scopus Save to author list


After selecting them, you need to save them by using the option "Save to author list", where you can also name the list. For possible later usage, you can save the schedule with "Save list".


Calling up the saved lists

Screenshot Scopus Calling up the saved lists


The saved authors lists can be opened by using the button with your personal initials and selecting the option "Saved Lists".

  Screenshot Scopus Calling up the saved lists
  Screenshot Scopus Compilation of the profiles


After selecting the right collection, a page with different profiles will be opened. By marking different profiles, "Show documents" gives you shared document lists and "View citation overview" shows the collected citations.


Set document alert

Screenshot Scopus Set document alert


If logged in, you have the opportunity to set different alerts in Scopus. Inside a author profile, the icon "Set document alert" on the left or "Set alert" on the top authorizes Scopus to inform you regularly about new publication of a specific author.

  Screenshot Scopus Set Document Alert
  Screenshot Scopus Set citation alert


It is also possible to set an alert for new citations. Further, you can let Scopus inform you when a specific publication of the noble prize winner is citated. For this, open the favored title out of the document list and choose "Set citation alert" on the right.

  Screenshot Scopus show alerts


An overview of all personal alerts can be found by clicking the initial-button and choosing "Alerts".

Via "Search alters", "Author citation alerts" and "Document citation alert", different notification orders can be opened and modified, deleted or disabled / reactivated.