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Scopus: Saving search results

Use this guide to help you search Scopus more effectively and to find out how to manage your search results. After reading this introductory page, click each heading in the following row of tabs:

Selecting and saving search results

When you retrieve search results in a database, we highly recommended that you:

  • Identify and select any individual results that are of potential value to your review.  
  • Save multiple back-up copies of those selected results in various locations (e.g. email, cloud, USB stick, hard drive). Even experienced researchers can lose information!
  • You need good records of all the sources of information you use in order to avoid plagiarism!

How to select and save results in Scopus:

  1. Click/select the box next to any individual result(s) of interest.

  2. To email your selected results, click the 'more' link to find the option, You can then choose which email address to use and which information you want included (e.g. abstracts and keywords). You can also add any notes you want to make about the results to your email. This function is currently unavailable (14 Aug 2023).
  3. Click the Export button to create a file of your selected results (options include RIS for EndNote and CSV for Excel). Both options (and most of the others) enable you to download up to 20,000 references at a time. EndNote users can find further instructions in our guide (Scopus is covered along with other databases). 

    To export greater numbers, you need to export them in smaller separate batches. To do this, re-run your search more than once, each time limiting the search to a different date range and export a separate set of results per search. The date range option is at the top of the filters column. 

    If  you are undertaking lots of searches in one session, you might find it helpful to store your selected results for the duration of that session by clicking the Add to List link. 

    Once you've accumulated all your selected results, you can save them in one action using the options above your list.