Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Review of Scopus, WoS and Google Scholar

An indepth (63 pages) review (pdf) of Scopus (Elsevier) and Web of Science (Thomson) by Bosman, Mourik, Rasch, Sieverts, Verhoeff from Utrecht University Library. The review includes a comparison of these two services with Google Scholar too. Researchers also conducted a survey among 81 users at the University and the overal result was :

"Scopus therefore significantly outscores Web of Science, both in terms of its user friendliness and the quality of hits." via WoW
The survey also shows that Scopus and WoS are less well-known than Google Scholar.

It will be very interesting to see how these two products will enhance and differentiate their services in 2007. I strongly believe that the one who is going to stay focused on the customer, listen to the users and develop the product to solve customer problems will be the winner at the end. I do hope that they won't start copying each other, but develop unique enhancements that would enhance scientist and researchers life.

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