Finding Impact Data on Journals, Authors, and Institutions with Scopus

Des Moines, IA US
May 16, 2016

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This class will introduce you to the key elements you and your students need to know to help you accomplish your clinical, research, and educational goals.

Scopus is an interdisciplinary citation database of peer‐reviewed literature, featuring smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Journal and author metrics are used to try to quantify the research impact of a publication or authors work. Referred to as the impact factor, these calculations attempt to provide context for the scientific importance, or relevance of a journal or of a researcher's publication.

Learning Objectives

By the end of class participants will be able to independently explain key concepts and/or perform the following skills as indicated by the observation of the instructor and student’s self‐assessment:

  • Define Metrics in the context of Journal impact factor and article level/citation impact factor
  • Demonstrate how to build an effective search for:
    • Journals - Define SJR, IPP, SNIP
    • Author - Grouping Authors
    • Institution - Grouping Affiliations
  • Practice saving your search results and search strategies
    • My List
    • My Scopus
    • Saved Searches
    • Saved Alerts
    • Saved Lists
  • Identify how to locate further training materials from the DMU library at: as well as from Elsevier at:‐scopus.php


Hines, Rebecca-58422

Rebecca Hines, MLIS
Education Librarian, Des Moines University

Ms. Hines indicated she has no financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.

Continuing Education Credit

  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s).
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this live activity for 1.0 AOA Category 1-A CME credit(s).
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Professional Competencies

Fundamental Osteopathic Medical Competency Domains: Guidelines for Osteopathic Medical Licensure and the Practice of Osteopathic Medicine

  • COMPETENCY DOMAIN 3: Application of Knowledge for Osteopathic Medical Practice
    • MEASURABLE OUTCOMES FROM REQUIRED ELEMENT 3.1 The candidate demonstrates the ability to:
      • 3.1.3 Use medical informatics to attain and enhance knowledge and skills
    • MEASURABLE OUTCOMES FROM REQUIRED ELEMENT 3.2: The candidate demonstrates the ability to:
      • 3.2.2 Recognize the limits of his/her medical knowledge and utilize appropriate resources
  • COMPETENCY DOMAIN 4 Practice‐Based Learning and Improvement in Osteopathic Medicine
    • MEASURABLE OUTCOMES FROM REQUIRED ELEMENT 4.7: The candidate demonstrates the ability to:
      • 4.7.1 Use information technology, including the Internet, to manage and access online medical information.
  • COMPETENCY DOMAIN 6: Professionalism in the Practice of Osteopathic Medicine
    • MEASURABLE OUTCOMES FROM REQUIRED ELEMENT 6.5: The candidate demonstrates the ability to:
      • 6.5.1 Continually update professional knowledge and skills.

National Center for Healthcare Leadership (NCHL) Health Leadership Competency Model

    • L11.4 Conducts Research to Maintain Knowledge
    • L11.5 Is Recognized as a User of Best Practices: Establishes ongoing systems or habits to get information

The American Physical Therapy Association 2014 STRATEGIC PLAN

  • PROFESSIONAL EXCELLENCE ‐ Goal 3: APTA will empower physical therapists to demonstrate and promote high standards of professional and intellectual excellence.
    • c. Promote excellence in entry‐level education and lifelong learning for the PTA.

The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants: Competencies for the Physician Assistant Profession

  • Practice‐based Learning & Improvement: utilize information technology to manage information, access medical information, and support their own education

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health: MPH Core Competency Model

  • Communication and Informatics: Use information technology to access, evaluate, and interpret public health data. 
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/16/2016 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
05/16/2016 - 1:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
SEC #115
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 1­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME


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