TechValidate Research on Scopus

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974 Customers Surveyed

6,352 Data Points Collected

45 Published TechFacts

9 Published Charts

6 Published Case Studies

Selected Research Highlights

Scopus Customer Research

Responses by Most Useful Features

Which feature(s) of Scopus do you use most or find to be most useful?

Search for documents and analyze search results
Search for and view my or another author’s profile
Export documents and citations, create bibliographies
Search for and/or compare journals
Analyze citations for a particular set of documents
Set alerts (search, author citation, document citation)
Search for and view affiliation profiles

Elsevier Scopus Case Study

Genentech, Inc.


This case study of Genentech, Inc. is based on a September 2016 survey of Elsevier Scopus customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Using Scopus, I found experts and articles in a particular subject matter and found references, citations by author and by key word.”


  • Uses Scopus to achieve the following outcomes or business objectives:
    • Patent drafting and prosecution
    • Landscaping the competitors and getting up to speed quickly
      **Discover key opinion leaders – find the best minds in a specific field of interest using Scopus

Use Case

  • Uses Elsevier Scopus weekly
  • Uses the following information sources or tools in their work in addition to Scopus to support outcomes:
    • Journal or book articles
    • Patent databases


The surveyed company achieved the following results with Scopus:

  • Uses Scopus to support the following:
    • finding an opinion leader or expert: very significantly
    • competition tracking: very significantly
    • getting up to speed quickly: very significantly
    • evaluating research quality: very significantly
  • Values the following aspects of Scopus:
    • Gets them a broader view of their field
    • Saves time in getting the answers they need
    • Has trusted and reliable content
    • Is an easy to use interface

Scopus Customer Research

Responses by Subject Area

What is your primary field of study / research?

Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering (inc. chemistry, computer science, earth & planetary sciences, energy, geology, materials science, physics & astronomy): 42%
Life Sciences (inc. agricultural, biological sciences, biochemistry, environmental science, genetics, immunology & microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience): 17%
Health Sciences (inc. dentistry, health professions, medicine & psychiatry, nursing, pharmacology, toxicology, pharmaceutical science, veterinary medicine, veterinary science): 12%
Social Sciences & Humanities (inc. accounting, anthropology, arts & humanities, business & management, decision sciences, economics & finance, history, library & information science, psychology, social sciences): 24%

Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America Customer Statistic

Satisfied Subscribers

Overall, 100% of surveyed users are very satisfied with their subscription to Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America.

Scopus Case Study

Scopus: the A&I Database of Choice of Students, Faculty & Researchers


This case study is based on a May 2017 survey of Scopus customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Scopus is a very useful tool. I highly recommend it to my postgraduate students.” – Faculty Member, University of New England, United States

“Scopus provides a more comprehensive and wider range of scholarly information, enabling me to get broader insight into the area I am researching.” – Graduate Student, University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

“[With Scopus] alerts I have precise knowledge about developments in my area of study.” – Principle Investigator, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina

“We need our Scopus data.” – Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

“[Before Scopus,] it was very difficult to narrow down searches.” – Graduate Student, Arizona State University, United States

“Before access to Scopus, it was impossible to conduct a thorough [literature] search.” – Researcher, University of York, United Kingdom

“Not having access to Scopus would be tantamount to returning to the ‘Stone Age!’” – Graduate Student, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Mayalasia

“Without Scopus, it would [be] even harder to complete the work my university expects of us.” – Faculty Member, Coventry University, United Kingdom


Students, faculty and researchers at institutions throughout the world face a variety of challenges in navigating the scholarly information landscape. Survey respondents credit Scopus most often in supporting their work in these key ways:

  • 65% use it for tracking citations and/or publications (their own or another author)
  • 62% use it to keep themselves informed about advances in their area of expertise/field/discipline
  • 46% use it to get ideas for a new research project, direction for their thesis, or to plan experiments
  • 38% use it for reading for a course assignment or research project

Use Case

Survey respondents identify three Scopus features in particular that are most valuable to their workflow:

  • 75% – Searching for documents and analyzing search results
  • 49% – Searching for and viewing their or another author’s profile
  • 45% – Exporting documents and citations, and creating bibliographies


66% of survey respondents have used both Scopus and Web of Science. Scopus earns top scores from users in the following areas:

  • 89% agree that they prefer Scopus over Web of Science
  • 88% agree that it is easier to refine, sort and rank Scopus search results than those on Web of Science
  • 88% agree that Scopus delivers more relevant search results when compared to Web of Science
  • 86% agree that coverage of their field is broader and more accurate on Scopus than Web of Science
  • 86% agree that the number of titles and publishers indexed by Scopus is more than Web of Science

Scopus Customer Testimonial

Scopus keeps me more up-to-date.

Susanne Olkkola, Researcher, The University of Arizona (United States)

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About Scopus

Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world’s research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings.

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