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Scopus: introduction & overview

This guides provide an introduction and overview of Scopus

Institutional affiliations in Scopus

Scopus builds institution profiles from the affiliation text in the articles it indexes. Scopus algorithms can identify name variations and link them into one profile. 

Affiliation IDs are assigned to the "parent" institution, as well as any "child" institutions in the institution's hierarchy.

Due to the great variation in the way affiliations are represented by authors and publishers, this automated process can never be exact. Some variants may be missed, and others may be inappropriately included. Authorized users with knowledge of the institution can manually review alternate names to make sure profiles are correct and complete.

Affiliation profile example

From each Institutional Profile, users can:

  • View document output by subject areas 

  • View affiliation hierarchy 

  • View collaborating affiliations 

  • View documents by source and patents 

  • Set alerts for updates 

How to update institutional affiliations

Various organizations that rank and evaluate institutions use Scopus data for their calculations. Institutions themselves often use this same data for reporting, bibliometrics and other purposes.

Changes to profile information can change an institution's hierarchy, document counts and, subsequently, any institutional evaluations that use Scopus data.

Therefore, Scopus limits who can make changes via the Institutional Profile Wizard (IPW) to the institution's authorized representatives. If you would like to suggest edits to the institution's hierarchy, email Sue Bengtson at

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