Scopus Tutorial: Understand how author profiles work in Scopus


Welcome to
a Scopus video tutorial on how author profiles work
in Scopus. In this example, you are interested
in the author Alex Vecchio. You begin by clicking
on the Authors tab and type in the last name
Vecchio and the first name Alex. You are now ready
to run your search. The search results appear
on your screen. There are two entries
for this author, each with
a different affiliation. This is correct. There are two separate authors
named Alex Vecchio in Scopus. One is a father who published
at Cornell University and the other is his son who published
at University at Buffalo. The algorithm behind
the Scopus Author Identifier was able to recognize
they are not the same person because it does not rely
on names alone. The algorithm uses
a combination of criteria to determine authorship, including name, email,
affiliation, subject area, citations, and co-authors. The algorithm can also recognize
subtle differences in how the name appears
in different publications. For example, A.J. Vecchio as opposed to Alex J. Vecchio. Once the algorithm is
confident it has found a group of documents
written by the same author, it assigns them a unique
identification number. If a document cannot be
confidently matched to this unique number, it is not included in the group and is listed separately
in search results. If these two author profiles
were for the same person, you could request
that they are merged. You can also request corrections
to an author’s information on their Author details page. This topic is covered
in more detail in a separate video tutorial.

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