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Research Impact and Citation Analysis


No one database contains all publications.

From Dimensions to Lens, from Scopus to Web of Science, from Google Scholar to Semantic Scholar, there simply isn't one location from which we can harvest all scholarly and popular output. Compiling a list of departmental publications is a challenging task, one which must balance comprehensiveness with time spent on the task. We use Scopus in our tutorial below, which is a useful starting point, but any departmental or research center coordinator should expect to supplement this work with other databases and methods.


Databases prioritize publication types differently.

Scopus is an abstract and citation database. It grabs citations from a long list of journals, books in a series, preprints, and more. But Scopus is not strong at indexing monographs – standalone books. This means that disciplines in which the monograph is still a main publication type may not be well-suited to working in Scopus – including many humanities-based disciplines. Scopus also does not contain book reviews. And while Scopus does contain many conference papers, notably in engineering and computer science, most conference papers and abstracts will not be picked up in other disciplines by Scopus. 


Expect to find researchers with multiple entries.

If a researcher's work has been separated into multiple entries in Scopus, it's best to include all of them in your author list. Make sure each of those entities represents the correct person, and not a different person with the same name.

Create a List of Departmental or Research Center-Based Publications for a Given Year

This tutorial will walkthrough creating a list of publications from the standing faculty of Penn’s Department of Psychology, for all documents published in 2022. 

This tutorial uses Scopus. To perform the steps below, you will need to create a free Elsevier account. This will enable you to save lists and export batch documents. 


1. Create a Saved Author List 

To generate a list of all publications from a given entity, like a department or research center, first you need to assemble a list of all researchers from that entity. In Scopus, you can do this by creating a Saved Author List. Make sure you are signed in so that your list is saved. 

While this process is lengthy, the bulk of the work is done at once, and you only need to maintain the list with updates as researchers join or leave the center. 

To start a new Saved Author List, begin by searching for a researcher in your department of interest. We’ll search for Coren Apicella. In Scopus, select the Authors tab, and type in your researcher’s name. 

Scopus interface with Authors tab selected and Coren Apicella added as author

Check off the box for the correct author, and then select Save to Author List from the search menu.

Scopus author result with Coren Apicella checked off

Enter the name of a New List, then click Save list.

Option to Save to Author list, with "Penn Psychology Standing Faculty" typed in

After the list is created, you’ll continue to add additional researchers to the list by selecting Save to Author List, then Select from your Saved Lists.

Save to author list area with "Select from your Saved Lists" selected and "Penn Psychology Standing Faculty" selected in dropdown


2. View all publications by authors in Saved Author list.

Once you have all researchers of your department or research center entered into a list, you can view all documents by those researchers.
To get to your saved lists, click on your profile icon in the upper right, and select Saved lists.

Screenshot of the profile box dropdown in Scopus with Saved Lists highlighted

Click on the Authors tab, then select your list.

Link to a saved list labeled Penn Psychology Standing Faculty with 38 authors

Scroll down to the bottom of your list to make sure all authors are displayed on the page. Change the display number to a figure greater than the number of researchers in your list.

Dropdown of the display results option with the text "Display 100 results per page" selected

Select the checkbox to check off all researchers, then choose Show documents from the menu options.

Screenshot in Scopus which says "38 author results", showing all authors in the previously selected list

You should now see the total number of publications produced by your research unit.

Screenshot of result set of 3,741 documents from the author list


3. Limit by year

To look at publications from a specific year, use the limits on the left. Select the year(s) you want to see, then choose the Limit to button.

Screenshot of the set of author documents with the year limits shown on the left. 2022 is checked off.

Your list should now include only publications from your research area created during the year or years you specified.


4. Export publication bibliography

To export your list, you have two options. If there are fewer than 2,000 documents, you can create a quick bibliography from within Scopus. On the results screen, select All documents using the checkbox, then choose the three dots (. . . ) in the menu, and select Create Bibliography. The following screen will allow you to choose your preferred citation style and export format (PDF, HTML…).

Screenshot of documents from author list, with All checkbox selected, three dots selected in top navigation, and a dropdown with "Create bibliography" highlighted

Alternatively, you can choose the All checkbox and select Export, and send your citations to your preferred citation manager, or download as a CSV or RIS file.

Screenshot of documents from author list with the mouse tip hovering over the Export option in the navigation bar


Export document settings, with text saying "You have chosen to export 167 documents", and many checkboxes available for different citation information to export


Can I share a list I made with others, or make it public?

No – but you can grab the author ID list that you generated and send it to others. After showing all documents, go to Query and click Edit, then copy the whole list, then proceed with step 3.

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