Configure Papers 2 to work with Scopus

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Scopus is a built in search engine in Papers, but to access it from within the application, you do need to configure Scopus.

The process involves two steps: * Check with your librarian if your institution has institutional access to Scopus, and if the so-called Federated Search Gateway is activated on the institution's account. * Ask your librarian for your institution's Scopus ID and enter it in Papers the first time you use Scopus:

Click on the settings button in Unified Search:

Now select Scopus from the list, you will see some customization options:

Make sure you enter the Scopus ID for your institution in the appropriate field, and check off the option of using your library proxy information to access this repository. If you have a custom Scopus URL, you can use it as well.

##What does my Librarian/account administrator have to do? The Scopus plugin in Papers makes use of the Federated Search Gateway, which has to be activated only once per institutional account. Check with your librarian and ask him/her to contact the Scopus Helpdesk (see this webpage) and fo the following:

  • Inform the helpdesk that the institution wishes to allow its users of the program Papers by mekentosj to have access to Scopus via Papers.
  • Ask for the Federated Search Gateway to be activated for the institution's account.
  • Ask for the institution's Scopus Account ID.

The helpdesk will provide the librarian/account administrator with this information together with an estimate on when the access to the Gateway will be active. Your librarian/account administration can then provide you with the Account ID for the configuration sheet above.

Note: the Scopus Account ID is the same for all users within an institution.

If you continue to have problems using the plugin, but you are able to use the Scopus website, you can still search Scopus within Papers by following these instructions.

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