Named after the bird, Hammerkop (Scopus umbretta), which reportedly has excellent navigation skills, Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database and the University of Southampton has just acquired it for use by all staff and students.
It covers 20.000 peer reviewed journals taken from all subjects with titles as diverse as; “Early Music”, “Landscape Ecology” and “Language and Speech” as well as the traditional science subjects, and using it to search your topic can provide you with an excellent world view that smaller databases just cannot provide.
The search results are linked to TDNet – the University Library’s journal catalogue so you are one click away to see if we have the article.
Its other strengths lie in the metrics available -not sure which journal to publish in? You can use Scopus to compare up to 10 journals at a time using tools such as SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper).
Want to know what your rivals are publishing and who is citing them? Use the Author Profile pages to see their H index and set up alerts to see what they publish and when.
For more information on SNIP and other metrics used in Scopus please read http://www.journalmetrics.com/ and indeed if you want some more help on measuring your research impact please look at the Library libguides. http://library.soton.ac.uk/bibliometrics.