A comparison between two main academic literature collections

Web of science and scopus databases

Arezoo Aghaei Chadegani, Hadi Salehi, Melor Md Yunus, Hadi Farhadi, Masood Fooladi, Maryam Farhadi, Nader Ale Ebrahim

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173 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Nowadays, the world's scientific community has been publishing an enormous number of papers in different scientific fields. In such environment, it is essential to know which databases are equally efficient and objective for literature searches. It seems that two most extensive databases are Web of Science and Scopus. Besides searching the literature, these two databases used to rank journals in terms of their productivity and the total citations received to indicate the journals impact, prestige or influence. This article attempts to provide a comprehensive comparison of these databases to answer frequent questions which researchers ask, such as: How Web of Science and Scopus are different? In which aspects these two databases are similar? Or, if the researchers are forced to choose one of them, which one should they prefer? For answering these questions, these two databases will be compared based on their qualitative and quantitative characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalAsian Social Science
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2013

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Keywords

  • Citation tracking
  • Citations
  • Coverage
  • Database
  • H-index
  • Impact factor
  • Indexing
  • Provenance
  • Researcher ID
  • Researcher profile
  • Scopus
  • Searching
  • Web of science

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  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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Aghaei Chadegani, A., Salehi, H., Md Yunus, M., Farhadi, H., Fooladi, M., Farhadi, M., & Ale Ebrahim, N. (2013). A comparison between two main academic literature collections: Web of science and scopus databases. Asian Social Science, 9(5), 18-26. https://doi.org/10.5539/ass.v9n5p18

A comparison between two main academic literature collections : Web of science and scopus databases. / Aghaei Chadegani, Arezoo; Salehi, Hadi; Md Yunus, Melor; Farhadi, Hadi; Fooladi, Masood; Farhadi, Maryam; Ale Ebrahim, Nader.

In: Asian Social Science, Vol. 9, No. 5, 27.04.2013, p. 18-26.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Aghaei Chadegani, A, Salehi, H, Md Yunus, M, Farhadi, H, Fooladi, M, Farhadi, M & Ale Ebrahim, N 2013, 'A comparison between two main academic literature collections: Web of science and scopus databases', Asian Social Science, vol. 9, no. 5, pp. 18-26. https://doi.org/10.5539/ass.v9n5p18
Aghaei Chadegani, Arezoo ; Salehi, Hadi ; Md Yunus, Melor ; Farhadi, Hadi ; Fooladi, Masood ; Farhadi, Maryam ; Ale Ebrahim, Nader. / A comparison between two main academic literature collections : Web of science and scopus databases. In: Asian Social Science. 2013 ; Vol. 9, No. 5. pp. 18-26.
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