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Scopus is the A&I Database of Choice Among Users throughout Asia-Pacific


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

“[With Scopus,] it is much easier and takes less time to find relevant research.” – Masako Kanai-Pak, Faculty, Kanto Gakuin University (Japan)

“I prefer to use Scopus. It is helpful to my research.” – Jun Wang, Associate Professor, Fudan University (China)

“Not having access to Scopus would be tantamount to returning to the “Stone Age” as far as I am concerned!” – Graduate Student, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia

“Web of Science does not offer [as] many relevant articles and [it is] hard to analyze an affiliation or a specific person’s work.” – Youda Liu, Graduate Student, Tsinghua University (China)

“Scopus provides reliable data on publications and citations.” – Faculty member, University of Western Australia


Students, faculty, and researchers at institutions throughout Asia-Pacific 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:

  • 66% use it to keep themselves informed about advances in their area of expertise/field/discipline
  • 63% use it to track citations and/or publications (their own or another author)
  • 55% use it to get ideas for a new research project, direction for their thesis or to plan experiments

Use Case

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

  • 75% say searching for documents and analyzing search results
  • 53% say searching for and viewing their or another author’s profile
  • 48% say exporting documents and citations, and creating bibliographies


63% of survey respondents throughout Asia-Pacific have used both Scopus and Web of Science. Scopus earns top scores from users in the following areas:

  • 93% agree that it is easier to refine, sort and rank Scopus search results than those on Web of Science
  • 93% agree that they prefer Scopus over Web of Science
  • 92% agree that the number of titles and publishers indexed by Scopus is more than Web of Science
  • 92% agree that Scopus delivers more relevant search results when compared to Web of Science
  • 91% agree that the 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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