How researchers at R&D organizations use Scopus to overcome challenges
Contributed by: Alexandra Kahn
To better understand how Scopus helps to support research and development outcomes, and pass that information along to you, we recently surveyed R&D organizations that use Scopus.
Whether to stay abreast of scientific developments, develop new ideas quicker, keep ahead of the competition, or find key experts and opinion leaders, organizations have found Scopus enables their R&D researchers to overcome industry challenges.
In this post, we focus on 2 key ways Scopus is making a difference for researchers in the R&D industry.
Finding key experts
A key benefit of Scopus repeatedly expressed was the ability to find the right experts working in a specific area of interest. A few of the comments relating to this included:
“We were faced with a technical problem where we didn't have the competencies internally. Scopus searches allowed us to find experts in academia and brought us back up to speed quickly.” Researcher, Large Electronics Company
“I needed some external support to write a new patent. I entered some key words on Scopus, looked at references and citations by authors and could easily identify the best experts to work with.” Researcher, Pharmaceutical Company
Scopus makes it easier to identify potential partners and key influencers in your area of interest.
Fast and effective search
Likewise, in the competitive R&D landscape, the ability to search and retrieve the right information in order to identify new insights and overcome challenges faster is essential. Therefore, many of the comments shared also related to Scopus search:
“The faster that I can get the information to my researchers, the faster they can solve problems or develop ideas. That’s why I rely on Scopus.” Librarian, Global Energy & Utilities
“Scopus assisted in finding alternative separations for difficult HPLC methods where specificity had become an issue. Without finding relevant and up to date information, the time to develop a method would have increased 3 fold.” Scientist, Pharmaceutical Company
“Scopus allowed us to benchmark cross sector best practices, which is particularly useful when identifying and validating novel problem solving solutions.” Engineer, Aerospace & Defense Researcher, Large Electronics Company
Scopus data is structured in a way that allows precise searching and returns reliable results. Take some time to get up to speed and perfect your searching techniques:
*TechValidate Survey, September 2016. Survey based on 446 Scopus users within Corporate R&D organizations.