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Bibliometric indicators: WoS Vs Google Scholar

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Due to the importance of citation analysis, especially for measurement of science institutions performance (it is still mainly based on famous ISI data), number of studies to compare different sources (Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed, Google Scholar, etc.) or different methods (Impact factor, H-Index, etc.) is impressive.

Around 20 major analysis were done in the last 10 years. This paper is a new one, focused on computer science papers.

Like most of other recent studies, the author concludes that “there is a significant correlation of citation-based rankings between the two sources
“, either WoS or GS can be used.

For simply finding papers on this field, the author advises to use Google Scholar.


  • Freedom + Conference papers indexing


  • is that the consistency and accuracy of data is admittedly lower compared to that of Web of Science and other comemrcial citation-enhanced databases
  • time needed to obtain meaningful data might be significantly higher than the time spent to get data with fee-based data sources” (30 as much time as collecting usable data from GS than from WoS)

Franceschet, Massimo. A comparison of bibliometric indicators for computer science scholars and journals on Web of Science and Google Scholar. Scientometrics, 2010, Vol. 83, pp. 243-258


Written by hbasset

May 31, 2010 at 8:04 pm

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