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Publication Metrics: Scopus Article Metrics

Article Metrics

Article metrics give readers information about the relative reach and impact of a specific article. These metrics include:

  1. Citations to the article in Scopus
  2. Field-weighted citation impact
  3. PlumX Metrics

PlumX Metrics

PlumX Metrics measure what are often referred to as alternative metrics; these numbers are meant to complement the traditional publication metrics and help provide a fuller and more nuanced picture of scholarly publication. They measure impact in five categories:

  1. Citations
  2. Usage: for example, number of downloads, library holdings, and video views.
  3. Captures: examples of captures include bookmarks and favorites.
  4. Mentions: examples include comments, reviews, and blog posts
  5. Social media

PlumX metrics can be found in Scopus by clicking on the down arrow near the PlumX icon. All associated PlumX metrics wil appear below the icon.

Scopus PlumX metrics for articles


Article Citation Information

Scopus includes two types of citation metrics:

  1. Citations in Scopus: simply a count of the number of documents that have cited the article.
  2. Field-weighted citation impact: FWCI is a ratio of an article's citation record to the average number of citations for similar documents. This metric looks at publication year, document type, and discipline. An FWCI number that's greater than 1.00 indicates that the document is cited more than would be expected when looking at average citation counts for similar documents over a three-year period.

Citation metrics in Scopus can be found on the article's document details page.

Scopus Citation metrics