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Google Scholar Vs Web of Science Vs Scopus

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To read, in the latest issue of Scientometrics, 2 studies compare GS with the 2 paid competitors.

Some findings:

  • (Earth science) GS covers about 85% of content indexed by ISI WoS
  • For impact studies the h-index has proofed to be a robust measure
  • WoS confirms its position as the leading citation index
  • WoS is still the leader in classical areas such as Physics and Chemistry
  • Scopus is more efficient for fields like Health
  • The WoS is still the most widely used and well known source in the academic world
  • WoS is also the oldest, and to some extent, the least developed
  • GS gathers information on documents that are not only published in journals but others such as: papers from conferences, books, theses, research reports and preprint repositories
  • GS has the potential to offer a wider panorama of world scientific output in other languages (for instance Spanish)

Mikki, Suzanne. Comparing Google Scholar and ISI Web of Science for Earth sciences. Scientometrics, Vol.82, N°2, Feb. 2010, pp. 321-331
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Etxebarria, G. & Gomez-Uranga, M. Use of Scopus and Google Scholar to measure social sciences production in four major Spanish universities. Scientometrics, Vol.82, N°2, Feb. 2010, pp. 333-349
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Written by hbasset

June 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm

3 Responses

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  1. Scopus is also better for non-English journals and social sciences & humanities. Cf J. Schöpfel & H. Prost (2009). `Le JCR facteur d’impact (IF) et le SCImago Journal Rank Indicator (SJR) des revues françaises : une étude comparative’. La Psychologie Française 54(4):287-305. doi:10.1016/j.psfr.2009.07.002
    Sorry – it’s written in French.

    Joachim Schopfel

    June 14, 2010 at 9:17 pm

  2. […] pour le médical français Par hbasset En réponse à un autre post, Joachim Schopfel m’indique son étude qui m’avait […]

  3. hbasset

    June 14, 2010 at 9:34 pm


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