Scopus (www.scopus.com) is the world largest bibliometric and abstract database, which indexes more than 18,000 titles of scientific technical and medical journals by approximately 5,000 leading scientific publishing houses.
Scopus runs the statistics of publications, calculation of authors’ citing since 1960. It allows performing the comparative analysis of results from international publication activity of higher schools and scientific organizations as a team of scientists. Scopus system also allows defining the international indices of authors’ citing.
The number of publications does not always reflect the quality of articles. One of the important criteria, which allows assessing and comparing the level of scientific researches in the close spheres of knowledge is impact-factor (IF) of journal.
For your work to be indexed in Scopus it shall be published in one of journals that are included into these bases.
Scopus also allows defining the citing index of individual scientist (Hirsch index). If a scientist published, for example, 100 articles in Scopus, per each of which there is only one quotation, so Hirsch index (h-index) is one. The researcher, who published one article but there are 100 quotations to it, will have the same h-index.
The higher h-index of scientist is, the greater acknowledgment and reputation he has in the scientific world. Hirsch index of scientist cannot become less, it is only increased with years. It is correct to compare h-index in the middle of one sphere of science.
Scopus provides with the information about higher schools as to their h-index. The rating of higher schools, including Ukrainian ones, is composed on the basis of this numerical index.