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A Comparison between Two Main Academic Literature Collections: Web of Science and Scopus Databases

Authors
  • Chadegani, Arezoo Aghaei
  • Salehi, Hadi
  • Yunus, Melor Md
  • Farhadi, Hadi
  • Fooladi, Masood
  • Farhadi, Maryam
  • Ebrahim, Nader Ale
Type
Published Article
Publication Date
May 01, 2013
Submission Date
May 01, 2013
Identifiers
DOI: 10.5539/ass.v9n5p18
Source
arXiv
License
Unknown
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Abstract

Nowadays, the worlds 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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