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Scopus Case Study

Scopus is the A&I Database of Choice Among Users in the United Kingdom


This case study of Scopus customers based in the United Kingdom who were surveyed in a May 2017 survey of Scopus customers by TechValidate, a 3rd-party research service.

“Scopus is easy to use and thorough.”
-John Hardy, Lecturer in Materials Chemistry, University of Lancaster

“[Scopus is] one of the best sources for online journals and papers.”
-Mayang Puteri, Graduate Student, The University of Manchester

“Without Scopus, it would become even harder to complete the work my university expects of us.”
-Faculty Member, Coventry University

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

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

“We need our Scopus data.”
-Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford


Students, faculty and researchers at institutions throughout the U.K. 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:

  • 60% use it for tracking citations and/or publications (their own or another author)
  • 44% use it to keep themselves informed about advances in their area of expertise/field/discipline
  • 31% use it to get ideas for a new research project, direction for a thesis, or to plan experiments

Use Case

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

  • 58% say searching for documents and analyzing search results
  • 44% say exporting documents and citations and creating bibliographies
  • 42% say search and view of their’s or another author’s profile


56% of survey respondents in the U.K. have used both Scopus and Web of Science. Scopus earns top scores from users in the following areas:

  • 94% agree that it is easier to refine, sort and rank Scopus search results than those on Web of Science
  • 91% agree that they prefer Scopus over Web of Science
  • 90% agree that the number of titles and publishers indexed by Scopus is more than Web of Science
  • 88% agree that Scopus delivers more relevant search results when compared to Web of Science
  • 83% agree that coverage of their field is broader and more accurate on Scopus 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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