Here’s a list of articles, conference presentations, scientists web pages etc. concerning the subject of critcial assessment of Google Scholar, Scopus och Web of Science. The aim of this list is not to cover all articles about Web of Science, but all peer-reviewed articles about Google Scholar and Scopus and some other of interest.

On Google Scholar, Web of Science (Pre 2000-) and Google Scholar:

Adlington, Janet and Chris Benda (2005) Checking Under the Hood: Evaluating Google Scholar for Reference Use
Internet Reference Services Quarterly Vol. 10, No. 3/4, pp. 135-148.

Ahmed SMZ, McKnight C, C Oppenheim (2004) A study of users’ performance and satisfaction with the Web of Science IR interface
Journal of Information Science, Vol. 30, No. 5., 459.

Arunachalam, S. (2004). On publication indicators.
Current Science, Vol. 86, pp. 629–632.

Bakkalbasi N, Bauer K, Glover J, Wang L (2006)
Three options for citation tracking: Google Scholar, Scopus and Web of Science Biomedical Digital Libraries, Vol. 3, No. 7, 29 June.
First published as preprint in E-LIS.

Banks, Marcus A (2005) The excitement of Google Scholar, the worry of Google Print
Biomedical Digital Libraries 2005, 2:2

Bauer K and Bakkalbasi N (2005) An Examination of Citation Counts in a New Scholarly Communication Environment
D-Lib Magazine
, Vol. 11, No. 9.

Belew, RK (2005) Scientific impact quantity and quality: [PDF] Analysis of two sources of bibliographic data.
Notes: This evaluation does not consider the flaws in citation count of Google Scholar. No mention of manual checking of citation count.

Bosman, Jeroen, Ineke van Mourik, Menno Rasch, Eric Sieverts, Huib Verhoeff (2006)
Scopus reviewed and compared: The coverage and functionality of the citation database Scopus,
including comparisons with Web of Science and Google Scholar
DARLIN – Dutch Archive for Library and Information sciences, June.

Bowering Mullen, Laura and Karen A. Hartman (2006) Google Scholar and the Library Web Site: The Early Response by ARL
College and Research Libraries Vol. 67 March, No. 2, p. 106-22

Braun, T, W Glanzel, A Schubert, B Cronin and HB Atkins (2000)
How balanced is the Science Citation Index’s journal coverage?: a preliminary overview of macrolevel statistical data by
In:The Web of Knowledge: A Festschrift in Honor of Eugene Garfield, 251-277.

Calicott, Burton and Debbie Vaughn (2005) Google Scholar vs. Library Scholar: Testing the performance of Schoogle.
Internet Reference Services Quarterly Vol. 10, No. 3/4, pp. 71-88.

Cathcart, Rachael and Amanda Roberts (2005) Evaluating Google Scholar as a Tool for Information Literacy
Internet Reference Services Quarterly Vol. 10, No. 3/4, pp. 167-176.

D’Agostino, Angela and Cheryl LaGuardia (2005) Scopus vs. Web of Science
Library Journal, Vol. 130, Iss. 1, January, p. 40.
Notes: Goodman and Deis comment some misleading methods in the evaluation…

Deis, Louise F and David Goodman (2005) Review of Web of Science (2004 version) and Scopus
Charleston Advisor
, Vol. 6, No. 3,January.

Dess, Howard M. (2006) Database reviews and reports – Scopus
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, winter.
Donlan, Rebecca and Rachel Cooke (2005) Running with the Devil
Accessing Library-Licensed Full Text Holdings Through Google Scholar
Internet Reference Services Quarterly Vol. 10, No. 3/4, pp. 149-157.
Notes: About link resolvers.

Fingerman S (2005) SCOPUS: Profusion and Confusion
, Vol. 29, No. 2. (2005), pp. 36-38.

Iselid, Lars (2005) Mannen bakom Google Scholar. [PDF]
Biblioiteksbladet no. 8, pp. 3-5 (In swedish!)
Notes: An interview with Anurag Acharya made 26 September 2005 after his talk at the danish conference Building the Info Grid in Copenhagen.

Jacsó, Peter (2004a), Web of science citation indexes.
Gale — Reference Reviews [online]

Jacsó, Peter, (2004b) Scopus.
Gale — Reference Reviews [online]

Jacsó, Peter (2004c), Google Scholar.
Gale — Reference Reviews [online]

Jacso, Peter (2005a) Google Scholar: the pros and the cons
Online Information Review Vol. 29, Iss. 2, April, pp. 208 – 214

Jacso, Peter ([2005b]) Google Scholar and The Scientist
(Published on university homesite as extra material). [online]

Jacso, Peter (2005c) As we may search – Comparison of major features of the Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar citation-based and citation-enhanced database [PDF]
Current Science, Vol. 89, No. 9. (10 November), pp. 1537-1547.

Jacso, Peter (2005d) ISI Web of Science, Scopus, and SPORTDiscus
Online, Vol. 28, No. 6., pp. 51-54.

Google Scholar Citations and Google Web/URL Citations: A Multi-Discipline Exploratory Analysis

Kousha, Kayvan and Thelwall, Mike (2006) Google Scholar Citations and Google Web/URL Citations: A Multi-Discipline Exploratory Analysis. In Proceedings International Workshop on Webometrics, Informetrics and Scientometrics & Seventh COLLNET Meeting, Nancy (France).
Notes: Compares traditional citations and web-extracted citations.

Lackie, Robert J (2005) Google’s Print and Scholar Initiatives: The Value of and Impact on Libraries and Information Services.
Internet Reference Services Quarterly Vol. 10, No. 3/4, pp. 57-70.

LaGuardia, C., (2005) E-views and reviews: Scopus vs. Web of Science.
Library Journal [online], Jan 15.

Myhill, M., Google Scholar review.
Charleston Advisor [online], Iss. 6.

Neuhaus, Christoph & Hans-Dieter Daniel (2006) Data sources for performing citation analysis: An overview
Accepted for publication in the Journal of Documentation,revised version June 30.
At the moment e-print archived:

Neuhaus, Chris, (2006) Ellen Neuhaus, Alan Asher and Clint Wrede The Depth and Breadth of Google Scholar: An Empirical Study
Portal: Libraries and the Academy Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 127-141.
Notes: Means GS weaknesses in subject coverage are social science and humanities databases and strenghts science and medical databases, open access databases, and single publisher databases.

Noruzi, Alireza Google Scholar: The New Generation of Citation Indexes
LIBRI Vol. 55, Iss. 4, p. 170-80
The link is pointing to the preprint version of the article!
Notes: Noruzi evaluates citation search briefly by subject searches. As Bauer et al pointed out it’s not the best method because subject search a lot between WoS, Scopus and GS.

Perkel, Jeffrey M. (2005) The Future of Citation Analysis
The Scientist Vol.19, Iss. 20, p. 24.

Roth, DL (2005) The emergence of competitors to the Science Citation Index and the Web of Science [PDF]
Current Science, Vol. 89, No. 9. (10 November), pp. 1531-1536

Tenopir, Carol (2005) Google in the Academic Libray: Undergraduates May Find All They Want on Google Scholar
Library Journal Vol. 130, Iss. 2 (February 1), p. 32.
Notes: Means Google Scholar will appeal to researchers who already use Google as part of their information-seeking routine.

Vine, Rita (2006) Google Scholar.
Journal of the Medical Library Association, January, Vol. 94, No. 1, pp. 97–99.

York, Maurice C (2005) Calling the Scholars Home
Google Scholar as a Tool for Rediscovering the Academic Library
Internet Reference Services Quarterly Vol. 10, No. 3/4, pp. 117-133

You can also try to search the following tags on Web-of-Science, Scopus, Google-Scholar and citation-databases.

7 Responses to “References to literature”

  1. […] Der medinfo-Weblog weist heute auf einen augenscheinlich interessanten neuen Weblog hin: One Entry to Research – critical assessment of Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar. Es gibt leider (wie der Blogname vielleicht sogar vermuten lässt…) erst einen Eintrag. Dazu gibt es eine recht gut sortierte Literaturliste. […]

  2. […] In issue 3/4, volume 10, 2005 of Internet Reference Services Quarterly there are some articles about Google Scholar which I added to the page References to literature. It’s co-published in the book Libraries and Google, Edited by William Miller and Rita M. Pellen, Haworth Press, 2005.   […]

  3. […] When you check the screenshot for swedish Google Scholar ( you can see the first hit is an article about the semantic web (swe. semantiska webben) I wrote the article for a computer magazin called Datormagazin. It’s not scientific in any aspect and of course not peer-reviewed but it has been cited for example by the master thesis (swe. magisterexamensuppsats) Ontologier i kunskapsorganisation by Irene Granström. Swedish master thesis is not considered as scientific. This is an example of the broad aspect of indexing that for example Peter Jacso criticized in his evaluations of Google Scholar. […]

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