Recommendations for writing an article in a journal indexed in the Scopus scientometric database
In order to successfully publish an article in the Scopus journal, you need to familiarize yourself with the requirements for Russian scientists to design it. Usually, the information provided should contain information about the author and a structured manuscript.
Information about the author who prepares the article for a journal indexed by Scopus should contain the following information:
- Full name of the scientific publication (article)
- Surname, name of the author, fully indicated
- Academic degree, academic rank and position held by each author of the article
- Place of work indicating the full name of the department, faculty, educational institution or research organization
- City and country
- Address of work place and work phone
If the publication has several authors, then the above information is repeated for each author of the article.
Additionally, if available, it is necessary to indicate information on sponsorship, grants or financial support of scientific work with the number of the grant.
The structure of the Scopus article is as follows:
Abstract for publication
An abstract is a short, meaningful summary of an article; it allows readers to quickly familiarize themselves with the direction of publication, as well as the name, helps to find work in indexing databases or annotation databases. Most scientific journals require annotations, which are often presented in English and in the language of the article. The abstract should be as informative as possible and contain at least 20 lines of text.
Keywords (at least 12 words and phrases), as well as annotations, can be presented in the language of the article and in English. They are indicated in a string, separated by semicolons (;).
The presentation of scientific research begins with an introduction, which presents a specific problem being studied, and also describes a research strategy. Typically, the introduction takes 1-2 pages and allows the reader to get information about what work was done by the authors and for what purpose.
In drawing up the “introduction”, the following issues should be considered:
Why is this issue important?
How does the study presented relate to studies previously published on this topic?
If this area has already been widely studied, what novelty does this scientific publication have and how is it based on the materials of previous studies?
What hypotheses are put forward (primary and secondary) and tasks? Indicate links to sources, if any.
How do the hypotheses and research schemes related to the subject of the article relate to each other?
What are the expected theoretical and practical conclusions from the study?
Materials and research methods
In this section, it is necessary to provide information on the process of organizing a scientific experiment, the equipment used, and the methodology for analyzing the data obtained. Also, a detailed description of information about the object of study, the sequence of work, the rationale for the choice of the methods used (observation of the object or phenomenon, survey or testing, experimental analysis, laboratory research, modeling, research, generalization, etc.) is indicated. From this section, the reader will gather information about the appropriateness of the methods used by the author, the accuracy and reliability of the results and methods of their processing. Based on the information presented, an experienced researcher can replicate the study. If the article is a continuation of previously published materials and this technique is already described in detail in another source, then it is enough to provide a brief description with a bibliographic reference to this source.
The “Literary Review” contains the basic and latest research materials on which the author bases his future work. The section discusses current views on the problem and the identified difficulties when working on this topic. It is also necessary to highlight unresolved issues within the general theme to which the manuscript is devoted. For a holistic formation of the idea of a scientific direction, it is necessary to consider 20-40 sources and compare them with each other. Writing an article in Scopus (Scopus) involves an analysis of domestic and foreign publications on this topic.
The “Research Results” section summarizes the data collected during the scientific experiment, as well as the analysis of these data, which is described in more detail in the “Discussion” section. To confirm the reliability of the findings, it is necessary to indicate the full data of the experiment. You should not conceal or ignore the results that do not correspond to the hypotheses put forward earlier or completely contradict them. Avoid specifying raw data unless provided as an example. The results should be summarized, but give the reader enough information to evaluate the conclusions made. It is also necessary to justify the choice of a data range for analysis. This section contains analytical and statistical material, which was systematized by the author of the article. The presented results, for clarity, can be confirmed by graphic material (diagrams, graphs) or data tables that contain the source material or structured in a shorter form. It is important to consider that visual information should not duplicate what is given in the text. Comparison of the obtained copyright results with previously published data of other researchers gives information of objectivity, reveals the novelty of the work performed.
Discussion of the results
A discussion of the results is aimed at evaluating and generating conclusions from the experiment. The section needs to evaluate, study, interpret or classify the results. It is necessary to dwell in detail on certain theoretical or practical results that stand out among other control points that have special scientific significance. Sometimes “Discussion” is combined with the previous section into a common one – “Results and discussion”. This is due to a brief or too simple description or requirement of the editorial board of a particular journal indexed by Scopus.
The Discussion section is the main section of the article, so you should start its formation with a clear confirmation or refutation of the hypotheses put forward earlier, having previously divided them into primary and secondary. If the obtained data contradict hypotheses, then a detailed explanation of such results should be provided. The difference or similarity between the results of the authors and other sources should be used to accurately interpret the data, confirm or clarify the findings. Avoid repeating theses already formulated, each new conclusion should introduce new information into the discussion of the topic and be understandable to the reader.
At the end of this section, the importance of the conclusions made by the authors and the industry of applying scientific results should be noted.
The section should be formed briefly, carry a maximum of reasonable information, not contain exaggerations. If necessary, in the section you can return to discussing the importance of the problem, on the basis of which to formulate more ambitious conclusions about issues that go beyond the scope of the sub-sphere, which provisions have been confirmed or refuted by extrapolating these conclusions to such general questions.
This section provides information on grants or other sources of funding for the submitted scientific research; thanks to colleagues who contributed to the research or discussion of the manuscript in the process of its preparation. We should not thank those who participated in the review and adoption of the article – reviewers, editors, members of the editorial board of Scopus magazine, in which the article is published. It is also possible to indicate a specific agreement between the authors of the article (equal contribution to the study)
List of references
The “list of references” is made out in alphabetical order, with continuous numbering in the text. References to the corresponding source from the list of references are indicated in square brackets, for example, [1, p. 25]. The use of automatic page links is not allowed. The list of references should contain at least 20 sources that have been published over the past 3 years, of which a larger number (at least 15 sources) are allocated to foreign publications.