2017 Scopus and Web of Science database trial

Scopus and Web of Science Comparative Trial March 17-April 17

The Creighton University Libraries are conducting a trial to compare the Scopus and Web of Science databases. Both are bibliographic databases offering primary indexing, citation indexing and tracking, measures of the academic impact of journals, and the ability to profile the work of individual authors.

The libraries have subscribed to Web of Science for many years, but are considering whether to replace it with Scopus. Faculty evaluation of both products is vital to this decision. Please explore both databases, and submit a Scopus vs Web of Science comparative trial 2017: assessment survey. The survey will be activated soon.

Publisher representatives presented overviews of their respective databases in the Health Sciences Library in March 2017. They are available for WebEx presentations on request. 

Scopus includes selective indexing of 21,000 journals published worldwide (including 4,200 open access titles), 116,000 monographs or books, 7.2 million conference papers, 386 million scientific web pages, and 27 million patent records from five patent offices. It also offers tools for evaluating the academic impact of both authors and journals, using the Impact per Publication (IPP), Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) and SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) metrics. Scopus content is outlined in detail here.

Web of Science includes nine citation indexes and two chemical indexes. It indexes 17,000 journals, including 726 open access titles, and 60,000 monographs, as well as Journal Citation Reports, which uses the Impact Factor and Eigenfactor metrics.

Recent comparisons of the two databases are available from the University of Washington Libraries and HLWiki Canada, and in these journal articles:

If you have questions, please contact:
Health Sciences Library: John Mitchell, JohnMitchell@creighton.edu, 402-280-4127
Reinert Alumni Library: Chris Carmichael, ccarmichael@creighton.edu, 402-280-1757