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

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


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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