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A comparison between two main academic literature collections: Web of science and scopus databases

Volume 9, Issue 5, 27 April 2013, Pages 18-26
 

A comparison between two main academic literature collections: Web of science and scopus databases

Department of Accounting, Mobarakeh Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mobarakeh, Isfahan, Iran
Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Najafabad, Isfahan, Iran
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
School of Psychology and Human Development, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia
Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya, Malaysia

 

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.

 

Author keywords

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

 
ISSN: 19112017Source Type: Journal Original language: English
DOI: 10.5539/ass.v9n5p18Document Type: Article

About The Author

Nader Ale Ebrahim is Technology Management PhD candidate in the Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya. He holds a Master of Science in the mechanical engineering from University of Tehran with distinguished honors, as well as more than 17 years experience in the establishing R&D department in different companies, project director and project coordinator and Knowledge based system implementation in R&D department. His current research interests are focused on managing virtual new product development teams in SMEs R&D centers. His papers/articles have presented in the several Journals and conferences.

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