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Google Scholar: not reliable for citations counting

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According this study related to Social Sciences publications,  Google Scholar provides “vastly larger citation counts than either Scopus or Web of Science when all results are taken into account, but only slightly larger counts when only scholarly journals are considered“….

The study also deals with citation counting issue, saying  that “ it is relatively easy to falsify citing references to research and create “search engine spam” which artificially inflates citation countswithin Google Scholar. While it is unclear as to whether this is occurring deliberately and if so, towhat extent, it remains an issue which should engender cautious use of search engine citation data“.

As a conclusion the study says that ” Google Scholar may not be as reliable as either Scopus or Web of Science as a stand-alone source for citation data

Elaine M. Lasda Bergman. Finding Citations to Social Work Literature: The Relative Benefits of Using Web of Science, Scopus, or Google Scholar. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Available online 23 October 2012

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2012.08.002

 

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October 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm

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Mendeley, the most extensive STM database?

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UK-based start-up Mendeley has announced that the number of queries to its database from external applications has surpassed 100 million per month. More than 240 applications received for research collaboration, measurement, visualisation, semantic markup and discovery – all of which have been developed in the past year – receive a constant flow of data from Mendeley.

The information fuelling this ecosystem has been crowdsourced by the scientific community itself, somewhat like Wikipedia. Using Mendeley’s suite of document management and collaboration tools, in just three years its global community of 1.9 million researchers has created a shared database containing 65 million unique documents.

This, according to recent studies, covers 97.2 to 99.5 percent of all research articles published. Commercial databases by Thomson Reuters and Elsevier contain 49 million and 47 million unique documents respectively, but access to their databases is licensed to universities for tens of thousands of dollars per year.

More information at:

http://www.mendeley.com/

http://www.researchinformation.info/news/news_story.php?news_id=1000

 

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August 24, 2012 at 8:11 pm

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Coming soon: the Book Impact Factor!

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[News originally diffused by Pablo Iriarte]

Thomson-Reuters announces:

The Book Citation Index in Web of Science connects a library’s book collection to powerful new discovery tools, giving researchers the ability to quickly and easily identify and access the most relevant books.

 Bringing together scholarly book, journal and conference proceedings literature within Web of Science, optimizes the powerful features of citation navigation.[…]

Completeing the Research Picture with Book Citation Index: Coverage of over 30,000 editorially selected books, starting with publication year 2005, with 10,000 new books added each year.[…]

Expose Your Collections: Link directly to your library catalogs and eBooks to increase the visibility of your valuable collections and subscriptions. […]

Textbooks, Encyclopedias, Reference Books not included. Full indexing of Books and individually-authored Book Chapters. Capture of all fundamental bibliographic information as well as author cited references”

http://wokinfo.com/products_tools/multidisciplinary/bookcitationindex/

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July 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm

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Scopus: “I need it to do my research!”

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A former student who enjoyed Scopus in her university claims  for a personal subscription model.

I didn’t know what I had till it was gone. During my PhD at the University of Pittsburgh, I had access to the Scopus database of citation data. I proceeded to use it for various citation analyses. I graduated and moved on, swapping that university affiliation for a collection of at least five others. None of these has access to Scopus. I miss it! I need it to do my research! (…)

Dear Scopus, you know what would make this a lot easier? The ability to buy a personal subscription. I’d buy one. I have money for that. Unfortunately, you only offer access through institutional subscriptions. I’ve talked to librarians at many of my institutions, and they aren’t keen to buy an institutional Scopus subscription… they view it as an upstart “European” also-ran to ISI Web of Science. You and I both know that isn’t true, but it is a really steep hill for me to climb to convince them, as an individual postdoc researcher. Let me have a free personal trial, let me buy a personal subscription.”

Piwowar, Heather. Scopus is better than ISI Web of Science for bulk article-level metrics. Research Remix, Online. Posted on May 8, 2011.
http://researchremix.wordpress.com/2011/05/08/scopus-vs-isi/

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May 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

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Thomson: the new WOK is launched

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The new Web of Knowledge offers:

  • a new design with a more intuitive interface
  • more search options
  • more analytical functions
  • etc.

See the video: http://thenewwok.com/preview

PS: it is strange to see that Thomson used pictures which are close to those that Elsevier took some years ago with its “Never underestimate the importance of a librarian” campaign, means some scientists working on the field: ocean, ice, archeology, etc.

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March 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm

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WoS Vs Scopus: which is better? studies by Intellogist

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Kristin Whitman has started a serie of studies regarding Web Of Science and Scopus for the (excellent) patent community Intellogist.

The question “which is better” is really unanswerable – first you need to decide what “better” means” she says.

Some of her findings:

  • Coverage: number of active or inactive titles (2/28/2011)
    • Scopus: 29,566 titles, of 15,175 are unique
    • Web of Science: 18,843 titles, of 4,452 are unique
    • Common: 14,391
  • Coverage: type of journals
    • Scopus: 93% scholarly journal – 3% Trade – 2% Report – 2 Book series
    • WoS: 98% scholarly – Book series: 2%
  • Coverage: country of publication breakdown
    • Scopus: US, 30%; UK, 18%;  NL, 8%; DE, 7%; FR, 3%, etc.
    • WoS: US, 38%; UK, 17%; DE, 7%; NL, 6%; FR, 3%, etc.

To be continued…

Whitman, Kristin. Web of Science Vs. Scopus: which is better. Intellogist, Online:
http://intellogist.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/2406/

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March 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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CERN has chosen Thomson WoK

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WoK here stands for Web of Knowledge and is not a cooking device from China!

The prestigious swiss institution has chosen the Thomson product  after a bidding process as the main point of access to scientific literature for the researchers.

According, Information World Review: 04/02/11
http://www.iwr.co.uk/stm-and-legal/3010714/CERN-to-use-Thomson-Reuters-research-platform

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February 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

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