Title

A Comparative Citation Analysis of Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Keywords

Business, Citation analysis, Collection development, Economics, Google Scholar, Impact factor, Scopus, Web of Science

Organizational Units

University Libraries

Abstract

This article presents the results of a comparative study of Web of Science (WoS), Scopus, and Google Scholar (GS) for a set of 15 business and economics journals. Citations from the three sources were analyzed to determine whether one source is better than another, or whether a new database such as Scopus, or a free database such as GS could replace WoS. The authors concluded that scholars might want to use alternative tools collectively to get a more complete picture of the scholarly impact of an article.

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