How to improve R&D productivity

Improving R&D productivity is a priority within industry. To improve productivity R&D teams need access to the latest R&D innovations found in Scopus. Scopus is a research database that indexes and connects the work of millions of researchers, institutions and companies around the world. Using its built-in tools on high-quality content, you can:


Save time in R&D

  • Be productive fast with an easy-to-use interface
  • Get the latest research delivered via alerts
  • Find the most relevant results using filters

Gain competitive intelligence

  • Benchmark the competition via rich profiles
  • Track research trends with smart analytics
  • Learn from other industries with interdisciplinary content

With Scopus, innovate and improve time to market. Talk to us about a Scopus subscription to benefit your R&D team.

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What R&D customers say

A couple of hours of literature searching with Scopus saved us a year of research.

Senior technologist, Industrial Gases

Scopus enables us to follow the best minds in science. It also helps us determine whom we should reach out to.

Pharmaceutical R&D executive

Scopus gives us a confidence level that we don’t get elsewhere because we know we aren’t missing anything. It gives us the complete outcome.

Materials engineer

R&D strategy

A well-informed R&D strategy increases confidence in decisions about:

  • What research to fund
  • Whom to recruit or collaborate with
  • When to acquire or change direction
  • How to improve R&D productivity

Scopus provides insights that support R&D decisions with user-friendly tools to:

Discover and track research trends and topics

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Stay ahead of scientific research trends and innovations with rich search and analytics of literature, authors and affiliations

Identify key opinion leaders and top contributors

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Find the best minds in a specific field or industry for collaboration or potential hire

Analyze competitors’ portfolios and output

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Examine scientific discoveries from market players to benchmark competition and uncover white space

Research in Scopus

Your researchers need access to high-quality research content. Scopus is an abstract and citation database with expertly curated content from journals, conferences, books, patents and serials. With a literature search in Scopus, your researchers have access to multidisciplinary content and connected research topics:

  • 1.8 billion cited references
  • 84 million records
  • 94,800 affiliation profiles
  • 17.6 million researcher profiles
Content numbers are rounded down and grow daily. Last updated here: October 27, 2021.

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And it doesn’t stop with search. Scopus adds new content every day. Your researchers can easily stay current with targeted research updates from Scopus delivered to their inbox. Get them started today.

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Though priorities and operating environments vary across industries, the need for high-quality information is the same. Scopus provides essential insights with a user-friendly experience. So you can make cost-effective decisions about whether to expand, transition or retrench.

Scopus addresses and uncovers R&D opportunities within:

Aerospace and Defense

Agriculture and Forestry


Banking and Financial



Construction and Engineering

Consultancy, Management and Finance

Cosmetics and Personal Care


Energy, Power and Utilities

Environmental Services

Food and Beverage

Information Providers

Life Sciences


Medical Devices

Metals and Mining

Oil and Gas







Wholesale and Retail

Use Scopus to search, analyze and visualize research trends, leading authors and research groups. Review some hot trends below, or contact sales today to explore research trends and topics critical for your business.

Quantum Computing

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Quantum computing technology is likely to expand in the next few years as the field shifts towards enabling real-world uses in pharmaceutical, data security and other applications.

See quantum computing research trends

Internet of Things (IoT)

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has evolved over the past decade from a largely conceptual idea of connecting people and technology to the actual framework for connected computing.

See IoT research trends

Green chemistry

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The desire to replace toxic, volatile and non-degradable solvents in production with green solvents has fueled research into expanding the use of known benign compounds.

See green solvents research trends

Digital oilfields

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The digital oil field aims to drive efficiencies across sectors of the oil and gas industry by enabling fast responses based on real-time data about onsite and remote processes.

See digital oilfield research trends

Digital manufacturing

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Digital manufacturing is on the cusp of rapid technological advances that are likely to disrupt the equipment manufacturing value chain.

See digital manufacturing research trends


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Cybersecurity through the lens of aerospace and defense sees emerging topics on data privacy regulations, Internet of Things, drones and supply chain.

See cybersecurity research trends

Green & digital construction

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Construction is evolving under increased pressure to support sustainable development, reduce waste and improve construction site safety.

See green & digital construction research trends

Customer stories

Our customers, from specialized startups to global industry leaders, rely on Scopus to improve their R&D productivity and enhance innovation. We invite you to read some of their stories below.

I always recommend Scopus as the primary starting point for new research because it actually shortens the startup time for new projects.

Information researcher

Speed is very important … I can easily identify what I need to know, read it, digest it, and move on to the next one.

Research pathologist

We built a work process with certain saved searches; we run them, add components, and visualize the results ... This is where Scopus really shines.

Medical affairs executive

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A major industrial gas company saved a year of research in developing a new industrial production technology by using Scopus.

Discover how a major industrial gas company saved time

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An engineer within materials design completed his research investigation stage for a new product 40% faster with Scopus.

Discover how Scopus helped an engineering company

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A medical affairs executive uses Scopus to access new knowledge, including how competitors’ programs are developing.

Discover how access to Scopus made his team more efficient

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A research pathologist starts with Scopus for product proof-of-concepts, learning what others have done to address the problem.

Discover how Scopus supports innovation in diagnostic testing

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An information researcher highlights Scopus’ multidisciplinary content as critical for 12 internal R&D units across many areas.

Discover how to accelerate project start-up

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A pharmaceutical R&D executive uses Scopus to identify external experts for new therapeutic areas.

Discover how to improve pre-clinical studies success rates

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A health economist and a patent counsel use Scopus to be more productive and secure the rights to intellectual property.

Discover how to improve research productivity