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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

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.

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Date of creation: 11 Feb 2013
Date of revision: 18 Mar 2013
Publication status: Published in Asian Social Science 5.9(2013): pp. 18-26
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:46898
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  1. Bar-Ilan, Judit & Levene, Mark & Lin, Ayelet, 2007. "Some measures for comparing citation databases," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 1(1), pages 26-34.
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