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March 24, 2007

Scopus Trial Continued

Scopus will continue to be available to the U of Illinois thoughout 2007! If you haven't already given it a try, please do! In many respects, it's a direct competitor to Web of Science, so if you're a Web of Science fan, you will definitely want to try Scopus!

Access Scopus:
http://www.library.uiuc.edu/orr/get.php?instid=396840

Brief description:
Identifies scientific articles in over 14,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 international publishers. Multidisciplinary coverage includes health, agriculture, chemistry, physics, life sciences, mathematics, engineering, earth and environmental sciences, social science, psychology, and economics, business and management.

A few comparisons:
WoS indexes about 8000 journals, which have been selected by an editorial review board; Scopus indexes about 14,000, including the whole journal holdings of many publishers. In addition, Scopus indexes many proceedings and other materials.

Both Scopus and WoS include citation tracking (both backward and forward). Citation tracking began in the 1960's for WoS (our subscription goes to 1980); citation tracking in Scopus generally starts at 1996.

Web of Science is more heavily focused on U.S. materials; Scopus claims that over 50% of its journal titles are from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

A recent review compared Web of Science and Scopus:
Susan Fingerman
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Fall 2006
http://www.istl.org/06-fall/electronic2.html

Posted by Katie Newman at March 24, 2007 3:58 PM