Tip: Scopus Author Identifier

Published on
July 6, 2008

The Scopus Author Identifier helps solve one of the biggest problems associated with author searching. Many authors have similar names. The new Scopus Author Identifier functionality distinguishes between these names by assigning each author in the Scopus database a unique number and grouping together all of the documents written by that author. This feature is especially useful for distinguishing between authors who share common names such as Smith, Wang or Lee.

Additionally, author names in Scopus can be formatted differently. For example, the same author could appear in one document as Lewis, M; in another as Lewis, M.J; and in another as Lewis, Michael. Scopus Author Identifier functionality matches the documents of this author and groups these name variants together, so that authors are identified with their specific papers even if they are cited differently. This enables you to find and recognize an author despite variations in name spelling.
As a scientific author, it is important that your profile be clear in Scopus. If your articles in Scopus have been placed under different author names or variations thereof, you can request Scopus to group these articles under one author name.

To do this, go to Scopus:

  1. Register and login
  2. Go to 'Search'
  3. Tab 'Author Search'
  4. Type only your Last Name: Search
  5. In the resulting list, select select () 'All' entries representing your identity
  6. Under author results, click the button 'Feedback'
  7. In the feedback form, under 'Subject', select: 'Group these Author Names'
  8. Under comments: mention that you want to group these names under the main author (give your name and initials as they should be used)
  9. Send, and within 15 minutes you receive an automatic confirmation
  10. To be followed by an answer to your questions if any.

(newsletter 4-2008)