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Scopus (/ˈskoʊpəs/) is a bibliographic database containing abstracts and citations for academic journal articles. It covers nearly 22,000 titles from over 5,000 publishers, of which 20,000 are peer-reviewed journals in the scientific, technical, medical, and social sciences (including arts and humanities).


The term "Scopus" is derived from the Latin word scopus, meaning "target" or "aim". It was chosen as the name for this database to reflect its comprehensive coverage of the world's research output.

Related Terms

  • Bibliographic Database: A database of bibliographic records, an organized digital collection of references to published literature, including journal and newspaper articles, conference proceedings, reports, government and legal publications, patents, books, etc.
  • Academic Journal: A peer-reviewed periodical in which scholarship relating to a particular academic discipline is published.
  • Citation: A reference to a published or unpublished source.
  • Peer Review: The evaluation of work by one or more people with similar competences as the producers of the work.
  • Scientific Journal: A periodical publication intended to further the progress of science, usually by reporting new research.
  • Technical Journal: A periodical publication that contains scientific research in the form of original research or reviews.
  • Medical Journal: A peer-reviewed scientific journal which communicates medical information to physicians and other health professionals.
  • Social Sciences: The branch of science devoted to the study of societies and the relationships among individuals within those societies.
  • Arts and Humanities: The academic disciplines that study aspects of human society and culture.

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