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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

About This Data

This data was sourced directly from verified users of Scopus by TechValidate.

TechValidate verifies the identity and organizational affiliation of all participants that contribute to published research data. When research participants so desire, we also guarantee their anonymity so that they may share information honestly and freely.

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