What should a scientist do if their Scopus profile has errors?

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What difficulties do scientists face during their research and publication activities? Our clients often contact us with a request to resolve issues related to problems with the author's profile in the Scopus database. It turns out that this is a very common situation that deforms a clear picture of a scientist's publication activity and blocks the growth of scientometric indicators.

What should a scientist do if their Scopus profile has errors?

The main causes of profile problems in Scopus

It is known that the author's profile is created automatically, immediately after the first publication of the scientist. So, what influences whether the profile will contain errors or not?

  • The authors themselves failed to correctly submit metadata about them to the editor.
  • The editors confused something when preparing the layout of the issue.

In addition to the above two basic situations, there are other reasons that require adjustments to the profile.

  • change of surname or affiliation;
  • duplication of profiles;
  • choice of a preferred surname;
  • adding or removing articles in the profile;
  • correction of the subject of the journal;
  • errors in links to publications, etc.

Consequences of profile errors

Every scientist and editor should understand how important it is to correctly fill in and provide all metadata at the time of publication. Everyone suffers from such negligence: a researcher, a journal, a scientific organisation, a university, and even a country. Thus, data on article ownership, information about the link to the article, which is included in the citation index, indicators (number of publications, citations, h-index, impact factor, SJR, SNIP, etc.) are lost. What is the end result? It is very difficult to analyse the achievements of the author, organisation, country.

How to make sure that you are entering the correct information?

If you are not sure about the correct spelling of the name of your university or scientific organisation, please ask for an official translation of the name and other information. Verify the translation of your full name using your passport or use special services to verify transliteration.

How can I correct my profile data?

You can contact the editorial office of the journal, but much often depends on the editors. They can be completely out of mood to make edits, and the process becomes stalled. The second option is to make a request directly to the Scopus database at its support centre. After passing certain steps, the platform makes adjustments to the profile.

By ordering a publication in Scopus on a turnkey basis, the specialists of the Scientific Publications – Publ.Science company help solve all the important issues of our clients, which relate to correcting errors, combining profiles, excluding other people's articles from the profile, etc. Our experience enables us to get answers from Scopus and solve problems faster than a scientist can do unassisted. One of the reasons for this is that our specialists are fluent in English, and communication is carried out more correctly and faster.

We work with the database on a daily basis and resolve issues not only related to the profile, but also other aspects of working with the platform. If you have any problems or questions regarding the article in your profile, contact us via the chat or any contact form on our website.

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