Thursday, 28 April 2016

Web of Science and Scopus: Which to keep?

Web of Science and Scopus are both citation searching indexes.    Their power lies in searching forward in time after the publication of a paper to find articles which cited it.   They can also be used to find the best journals in which to publish.  They do not contain full text.

Middlesex University has a long standing subscription to Web of Science (formerly known as Science Citation Index or Social Science Citation Index) which is published by Thomson Reuters.   Last year we gained additional short term funding for Scopus, which is a similar product from Elsevier.  (Note that Scopus is not the same as Science Direct, the full text journals collection we have from the same publisher.) 

A useful comparison of both products is here: http://hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/Scopus_vs._Web_of_Science
The wiki shows that they are not exactly the same, covering different journals and subject areas.  There is however, considerable overlap.

The funding for Scopus has been extended for a further year with the expectation that we will cease to purchase Web of Science and continue to subscribe to Scopus at the end of 2017.  The Library needs to know if this change will cause significant problems for teaching or research and, if it will, evidence of the problem and the implications for teaching and/or research of the change.

If this is the case, please discuss this with colleagues to the news in case they have missed this email and then email me with what the issue is, with evidence.

If you are not familiar with Scopus and want to know more, please contact your librarians:  Alan Wheeler (Natural Science) or Vanessa Hill (Computing, Design Engineering, Mathematics) or Viv Eades (Psychology) for a demonstration. 

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