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Thomson InCites: new release

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Via one convenient, web-based platform, InCites delivers objective measures of institutional research performance allowing professionals to make strategic choices to effectively further their research, budgetary, hiring, and market positioning goals.

InCites now creates institution and author profile reports that provide top-level snapshots of performance and gives users the ability to dive into core data for deep analysis.

It also supports customization of the data and flexible tools to manage, refine, share, and save reports.

Now InCites users can easily create a picture of their research output and impact at the author and department level, as well as the institution level available in previous versions.

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Written by hbasset

July 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm

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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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June 14, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Researchers Identification multiple initiatives

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This good paper underlines various initiatives world wide for central registry and programs promoted by STM publishers (Thomson’s ResearchID, Elsevier Scopus Author Identifier, etc.)

It is all about the importance of correct authors identification system in databases to analyze their real science productivity.

Rovner, Sophie L. A question of identity.Chemical & Engineering news, Vol.88, N°21, pp. 36-37. Online May 24, 2010:

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June 2, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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

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May 31, 2010 at 8:04 pm

Bibliometrics are “big business”

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Thomson and Elsevier’s marketing speeches are aligned on pressure which exists on Universities to be more or more performant…

For this blogger from OCLC organization, the expression “Research performance measurement” (RPM) sounds weird…

Dempsey, Lorcan. Research analytics. Posted on May 15, 2010.

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May 21, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Science Citation Index under contestation

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An article in Scientometrics is contesting the leadership of the Science Citation Index:

Some of the conclusions and statements:

The number of serious scientific journals today most likely is about

The first question is whether the growth rate of scientific publication
is declining? The answer is that traditional scientific publishing, that is publication in peer-reviewed journals, is still increasing although there are big differences between fields. There are no indications that the growth rate has decreased in the last 50 years. At the same time, publication using new channels, for example conference proceedings, open archives and home pages, is growing fast

SCI is covering a decreasing part of the traditional scientific literature

conference proceedings are especially important in scientific fields
with high growth rates. However, the growth rates for conference proceedings generally are not higher than those found for Journal Articles. It is clear that the increasing importance of conference proceedings is only partially reflected in SCI

National Science Indicators is one of the products offered by Thomson
Reuters. Since this product is based solely on SCI/SCIE, SSCI and AHCI
the use of this product is problematic

Larsen, Peder Olesen & Ins, Markus von. The rate of growth in scientific publication and the decline in coverage provided by Science Citation Index. Scientometrics, Published online on 10th of March 2010:

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March 30, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Scopus introduces Journals metrics

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Probably with the hope to compete the well-established Thomson Web of Science and its sister publication the JCR, Elsevier has announced that Scopus integrates now 2 complementary journals metrics called SNIP and SJR.

The metrics will be freely available online at, and integrated into Scopus, allowing researchers around the world to analyse journals within the abstract and citation database

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January 28, 2010 at 7:02 pm

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