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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

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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