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Managing your research profile: Coverage and sources

Handy tip: Consider the coverage and sources for each citation database to help you decide which database to use, the h-index and other metrics will vary depending on how suitable the database is to your discipline and research area.

Citation metrics, such as the h-index, are derived from Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar.

For Pros and Cons of each see

Note: SciVal, which is based on Scopus citation data, is used by the Institutional Research Office to generate reports. See  for more information and SciVal training videos.

Scopus coverage and sources

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Google Scholar

In this blog post, Anne-Wil Harzing who created the Publish or Perish software, outlines how Google Scholar is more inclusive than other citation databases for Social Sciences,  Huma­ni­ties, and  Engineering & Computer Science:

Google Scholar is a serious alternative to Web of Science

Anne-Wil Harzing - 

datasheet from MvRI provides a single sheet summary on Google Scholar (GS) for bibliometrics through the use of the Publish or Perish (PoP) software. It includes the pros and cons of GS as a data source and an overview of the key metrics provided by PoP. 


A video recording of "Google Scholar, Scopus and the Web of Science: A longitudinal and cross-disciplinary comparison", a presentation given at a seminar organised by the Spanish Journal of Psychology at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid, 16 November 2015. - Presentation slides