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Scopus will include preprints in author profiles


The Scopus blog states that Scopus is now incorporating preprints as a content type in Author Profiles to help Scopus users discover the latest contributions of a researcher. Preprints are non-peer-reviewed publications and are directly derived from arXiv, bioRxiv, ChemRxiv and medRxiv servers (with SSRN coming later, during the first half of 2021) and follow their respective curation policies. Preprints do not affect existing publication and citation metrics in Scopus.
Scopus covers preprints from 2017 onwards.

Why introduce preprints into Scopus author profiles?
As Scopus data is increasingly used as an evaluation and decision support tool, we see the need to look at scholarly output through the researcher lens in. Preprints provide a more detailed view of researchers and what scholarly work they create over the course of their careers.
Preprints support several clear use cases:
  1. To assess if other researchers are performing cutting edge, innovative research allowing other researchers to identify potential collaboration partners.
  2. To read or assess another researcher’s most recent work.
  3. To get a more comprehensive portfolio overview.
  4. To allow funding agencies to assess funding applications, monitor project progress, and demonstrate impactthrough early forms of scholarly output.
How are preprints incorporated into author profiles?
Preprints are only available for authors that already have a peer-reviewed publication history in Scopus and they are clearly separated from the curated published content. Neither citations to-and-from the preprints, nor links with the final version of the article are captured. Metrics on Scopus, such as publication and citation counts, h-index, and others exclude preprint content.

Does adding preprints to Scopus influence university rankings?
Preprints are not integrated into institution profiles or metrics and do not influence assessment.

Which metrics (such as citations) are included for preprints?
Preprints are not integrated into any metrics in Scopus and do not influence assessment, including citation counts. The version-of-record (published, peer-reviewed articles) are the official representation of the research in Scopus.

What happens if a preprint is later published? Does it go away, i.e. does the published version take the place of the preprint?
If the research work exists as both a preprint and as a publication, the preprint lives in parallel with the published article. Preprints and the published article are different entities where the contents are not identical. Preprints are not integrated into any metrics or statistics in Scopus, therefore only the published articles are counted and represent the body of research in the metrics and statistics. The possibility of linking preprints to the corresponding published version is being evaluated.
Preprints versioning is pro-actively managed to include only the latest version of a preprint in Scopus.

 

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