Mendeley Stats (www.mendeley.com/stats) is a new service that allows you to claim ownership of your published papers. You then received detailed statistics on these papers, allowing you to monitor their impact and see how other people are making use of your work.
Stats is powered by the Scopus Author Profile. Scopus is a database of references, developed by Elsevier to catalog the world's academic output and covers the output of more than 5,000 publishers. By analyzing the collected data, Scopus is able to automatically identify the output of individual authors and collect them together into a profile.
By connecting your Mendeley profile to your Scopus Author Profile, you are able to claim your work as identified by Scopus. This allows you to publicly promote your authored work, and access a wealth of data provided by Scopus - as well as several other Elsevier services - in the form of Stats.
Claim your profile
To start using Stats, you need to claim your Scopus Author Profile. When you visit www.mendeley.com/stats for the first time, you'll be invited to follow the claim process.
You can claim your profile using one of two approaches: Searching by article or searching by name. Searching by article allows you to provide the title of one of your authored papers, which is then used to search Scopus. When your paper is returned, you'll be able to select your name from the list of authors. Alternatively, you can search by name. By default, this will search Scopus using the name you provided on your Mendeley profile - but you can also opt to search for an alternative name.
When you find yourself using either option, use the 'This is me' link to claim your Scopus Author Profile.
Add your publications to your Mendeley profile
When claiming your Scopus Author Profile, you also have the option to add the publications to your Mendeley profile. To do this, tick the box that appears during the last step.
Adding your publications to your Mendeley profile will make them more visible to other Mendeley users. It also helps to showcase your work to the wider research community.
View and monitor your Stats
Once the claim process is complete, you'll be taken to your personal Stats page. This provides an overview of the aggregated statistics for all of your publications.
The statistics that you receive are drawn from a number of different sources:
Citations – The total number of citations that all of your publications have received. Powered by Scopus.
h-Index – Your personal h-Index - a metric that measures your productivity and impact using your publications. Powered by Scopus.
Publications – The total number of publications you have authored. Powered by Scopus.
Views – The total number of times that your publications have been viewed by users of ScienceDirect. Powered by ScienceDirect.
Readers – The total number of times that your publications have been added to a personal library by users of Mendeley. Powered by Mendeley
Mendeley Stats also provides you with insights into where your work has been mentioned by the media. Stats scans over 55,000 media outlets for mentions of you and your work, and presents them for you as part of your profile.
You can also view statistics for individual publications by clicking on them in the list that appears beneath the Views and Citations graph. We are able to provide more detailed statistics for papers published in Elsevier publications, but papers published in other journals will still have some citation data available.
When viewing statistics for a single article, you will receive more detailed information about usage - including details of other publications that have cited your paper, the academic status of Mendeley users who are reading your publication and - for Elsevier-published papers - details of the search terms used by ScienceDirect users to retrieve your paper.
Reporting problems with your Stats
The Scopus team work hard to ensure the accuracy of Scopus Author Profiles, but due to the complexities around author names and the different ways that names can be formulated, it's difficult to achieve total accuracy.