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Scopus.exe enables one to organize a file which is exported from Elsevier’s Scopus database in the format “RIS format (Reference Manager, ProCite, Endnote”. The program assumes an input file with the name “scopus.ris”. (If you wish to combine more than a single search, cut and paste the different outputs together, and name the result “scopus.ris”. )


The output is the organization of this information in files which allow for relational database management (e.g., MS Access) or separate analysis as spread-sheets. These files (AU.dbf; CS.dbf; CR.dbf; TI.dbf) are in the dBase-format. Additionally, a file with the abstracts (abstract.txt) and relational numbers is provided in ASCII format. The output is similar to that of ISI.exe for the Science Citation Index at the Web-of-Science (WoS). (A number of other programs for social and semantic network analysis available at http://www.leydesdorff.net/indicators can use these files for further processing (see below).



a.      Using au.dbf, for example, one can easily generate a co-authorship network;

b.      Using cs.dbf a network of international collaborations can be constructed;

c.      The field TI in Ti.dbf can be used for semantic mapping by using, for example, ti.exe.
See: Pajek Manual: How to analyze frames using semantic maps of a collection of messages?

d.      Using abstract.txt one can draw the semantic maps for the abstract words using fulltext.exe;

e.      Citation analysis for evaluative purposes (e.g., in terms of percentiles) can be based on the field TC in Ti.dbf;

f.       Differently from WoS, the citations in CR.dbf contain the titles and all coauthors (and thus the file is suited for semantic and coauthor mapping).

g.      A field “rpy” is added to CR.dbf for the purpose of “referenced publication years spectography” (RPYS).


The current version is in the development phase. Please, feel free to feedback with suggestions for improvements. I intend to develop further interfaces between the Scopus data and other routines.




** apologies for cross-postings


Loet Leydesdorff

Professor, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR)

Kloveniersburgwal 48, 1012 CX Amsterdam
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Honorary Professor, SPRU, University of Sussex; Visiting Professor, ISTIC, Beijing;


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