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

Which of the following outcomes or business objectives does Scopus help you achieve?

Product development
Open innovation activities
Idea generation
Stage gate decision making
Basic research

Scopus Case Study

Scopus is the A&I Database of Choice Among Users in Central and South America


This is a case study of Scopus customers based in Central and South America who were surveyed in a May 2017 survey of Scopus customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“If Scopus were not available, we would be almost blind to scientific progress.” – Principle Investigator, Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina)

“Using Scopus, I can easily export data I need for analysis purposes.” – Student, Universidade Federal do Parana (Brazil)

“Scopus helps me identify primary sources.” – Researcher, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

“Scopus enables a detailed search with keywords and sends me notices of the articles that I am interested in.” – Graduate Student, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil)

“[Without Scopus, I would lose] a very complete and important source of information for my research work.” – Maria Eugenia Hidalgo Bastidas, Graduate Student, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)


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

  • 82% use it to keep themselves informed about advances in their area of expertise/field/discipline
  • 71% use it to track citations and/or publications (their own or another author)
  • 54% use it to get ideas for a new research project, direction for their theses or to plan experiments

Use Case

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

  • 88% say searching for documents and analyzing search results
  • 53% say exporting documents and citations, and creating bibliographies
  • 53% say analyzing citations for a particular set of documents


71% of survey respondents in Central & South America have used both Scopus and Web of Science. Scopus earns top scores from users in the following areas:

  • 81% agree that coverage of their field is broader and more accurate on Scopus than on Web of Science
  • 81% agree that it is easier to refine, sort and rank Scopus search results than those on Web of Science
  • 74% agree that they prefer Scopus over Web of Science
  • 72% agree that Scopus delivers more relevant search results when compared to Web of Science
  • 64% agree that the number of titles and publishers indexed by Scopus is more than Web of Science

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

Scopus Customer Testimonial

Using Scopus, I can easily export data I need for analysis purposes.
- Student, Universidade Federal do Parana (Brazil)

Student, Universidade Federal do Parana (Brazil)

Elsevier Scopus Case Study

Royal Dutch Shell PLC


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

“New Energy Efficiency Techniques.”

“Make it faster and focused research site.”


The business challenges that led the profiled company to evaluate and ultimately select Elsevier Scopus:

  • Uses Scopus to achieve the following outcomes or business objectives:
    • Open innovation activities
    • Idea generation
    • Stage gate decision making
    • Basic research

Use Case

The key features and functionalities of Elsevier Scopus that the surveyed company uses:

  • Uses Elsevier Scopus monthly.
  • Uses the following information sources or tools in their work in addition to Scopus:
    • Journal or book articles
    • Innovation tools or consultants


The surveyed company achieved the following results with Elsevier Scopus:

  • Uses Scopus to support the following:
    • Finding an opinion leader or expert: very significantly
    • Competition tracking: significantly
    • Finding potential partners: 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
    • Has smart tools that analyze and visualize results

Scopus Customer Satisfaction Rating

Mohammed Ishaq Mohammed, Graduate Student, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, recommends Scopus:

Scopus provides cutting-edge research articles and other academic resources that help researchers to [stay] abreast [of] recent happenings in their fields of studies.

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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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