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May 9, 2008

Bulk Download PDFs from SCOPUS

If the way you like to work is to download the PDFs of journal articles to your hard drive, here's some news you will welcome!

Scopus, a multidisciplinary database for the sciences, has just added a DOWNLOAD button that allows you to download up to 50 pdfs at a time to your hard drive.


  1. Perform a search in Scopus
  2. Select the article(s) that you are interested in by checking the box to the left of the citation.
  3. Click on the DOWNLOAD button. A new window will open.
  4. You'll be asked how you want to have the files named, e.g., by first author's last name + title of the article, or however you like.
  5. Identify the folder on your hard drive where you want the files placed.
  6. If desired, check off that you'd like to have Abstract downloaded, if the pdf is not available.
  7. That's it! Press Begin Download.

If you use EndNote, you'll still need to pull the citations into EndNote in a separate step. Then can "link" from EndNote to the downloaded articles on your harddrive, if you like.

If you'd like to learn more about Scopus, here's a piece I wrote about it, when it was just in Trial mode at the University (we have since decided to subscribe to it):

The technology that Scopus is using to perform this minor miracle of pulling in the pdfs comes from Quosa.

Posted by Katie Newman at May 9, 2008 3:36 PM