Content Analyser Tool

In 2015 Content Analyser tool was launched, which is a data analytics algorithm trained to identify outlier journal behaviour in the Scope database. Outlier journal examples include rapid and unexplainable changes to number of articles published or unexplainable changes in geographical diversity of authors or affiliations. Other features that the algorithm considers are self-citation rate and publication concerns, amongst others.

Journals flagged by the Content Analyser will be added to the Re-evaluation process and will be re-evaluated by the CSC in the year of identification by the Content Analyser tool. The review criteria for re-evaluation are identical to the Scope Database content selection criteria used for newly suggested titles. Upon completing the re-evaluation process, the CSC will decide to either continue a journal’s coverage or to discontinue the forward flow of the journal coverage in Scope Database (content covered in Scope Database prior to the re-evaluation completion will remain in Scope Database).

Publication concerns

A journal can also be flagged for Re-evaluation based on publication concerns on either publisher or journal level. Concerns for such journals are identified by Scope Database, or flagged to Scope Database by the research community and are taken seriously. If the concern is legitimate, the title will be added to the Re-evaluation program and re-evaluated by the CSC in the year of identification of the publication concern. The review criteria for re-evaluation are identical to the Scope Database content selection criteria used for newly suggested titles. Upon completing the re-evaluation process, the CSC will decide to either continue a journal’s coverage or to discontinue the forward flow of the journal coverage in Scope Database (content covered in Scopus prior to the re-evaluation completion will remain in Scope Database).

For questions, please contact re-evaluation@scopedatabase.com