Friday, February 09, 2024

Elsevier Scopus AI: cutting-edge AI for improved scholarly research

      In the generation of AI, a global leader in information and analytics, Elsevier has now come up with its new intuitive and intelligent AI powered search tool, Scopus AI. It represents a significant advancement in the field of academic research through the integration of generative AI. This AI-powered research tool has been designed to enhance the capabilities of researchers and academic institutions by providing fast and accurate summaries, insights into research, and fostering collaboration for societal impact. The platform utilizes the extensive database of SCOPUS, featuring over 29,200+ peer-reviewed journals from more than 7,000 publishers worldwide. Natural language processing is also used by Scopus. Users can now enter in their question, statement, or hypothetical using natural language, without having to worry about matching certain keywords or Boolean operators. 

According Rachel McCullough in the Scopus blogScopus AI helps researchers:

  • Navigate unfamiliar academic fields
  • Support greater multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Increase the impact of their work

What are the benefits of using Scopus AI for research?

Enhanced Search and Summaries: 

It has been designed to deliver trusted, expanded and enhanced summaries, providing quick overviews of key topics. This allows researchers to delve deeper into their subjects of interest, sometimes even highlighting gaps in the literature. You can trust the integrity of Scopus AI's responses because it consistently makes available the references it utilized to construct your summary. For every question, Scopus AI creates a Concept map using keywords from research papers. This gives you a broader perspective of the topic space and a deeper understanding of your theme in relation to other fields of study, even ones that are outside of your comfort zone.

Identification of Key Papers and Experts: 

The Foundational papers option directs you to the information that forms the basis of any subject by listing the most influential Scopus papers on any given topic. Additionally, it offers an Academic Expert Search feature, which helps in identifying leading experts in various fields, thereby saving time and guiding research direction. The Topic experts feature locates the leading researchers associated with your query and provides an overview of their contributions and body of work by searching through the 19.6+ million author profiles in Scopus.

Personalization and Trustworthiness: 

Since its alpha launch in August 2023, SCOPUS AI has been fine-tuned based on feedback from thousands of researchers globally. This feedback emphasized the need for trustworthy, cited, and highly personalized research content. Scopus AI's engineering minimizes the risk of 'hallucinations' or false AI-generated information by relying on verified knowledge from the world’s largest database of curated scientific literature. 

Commitment to Responsible AI: 

Elsevier emphasizes customer experience, data privacy, integrity, and responsible AI in its product development. These principles align with Elsevier's Responsible AI Principles and Privacy Principles, ensuring the ethical use of AI in academic research.

         Quoted Text

"The Scopus AI interface is intuitive and easy to use, it allows the researcher to obtain an overview of a problem, as well as identify authors and approaches, in a more agile search session than conventional search. It is a valuable tool for literature reviews, construction of theoretical frameworks and verification of relationships between variables, among other applications that are actually impossible to delimit."

Elisenda Aguilera, a researcher at the Pompeu Fabra University in Spain who has taken part in Scopus AI testing and produced a preprint on her learnings

The integration of AI into SCOPUS heralds a new era in academic research. It is valuable for literature reviews and promises increased efficiency, personalized experiences, and insights into emerging trends. As the technology matures, we can expect even more sophisticated features that could further transform the landscape of academic research.


  1. SCOPUS Blog:
  2. Aguilera-Cora, Elisenda; Lopezosa, Carlos; Codina, Lluís; (2024) Scopus AI Beta Functional analysis and cases. Barcelona: DigiDoc Research Group (Universitat Pompeu Fabra ), DigiDoc Reports (PCUV08/2024)
  3. Scopus AI: Trusted content. Powered by responsible AI. (

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