What is the difference between Web of Science and Scopus?

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Scopus and Web of Science are the largest search systems that combine bibliographic databases from around the world. For today these are the largest and most authoritative platforms for the analysis of peer-reviewed literature: scientific publications, conference materials as well as books.


Web of Science Scientometric Databas

What is special about WoS

What is unique about Web of Science?

Scopus Scientometric Databas

Opportunities from cooperation with Scopus

Why should a scientist to be published in Scopus and Web of Science?

Let us discuss these databases individually highlighting the advantages, differences and particularities of each of them.            

What is the difference between Web of Science and Scopus?

Web of Science Scientometric Databas

Web of Science Scientometric  Database consists of over 33 000 journals and more than 4500 websites. The WoS contains such data as information about the publications' authors, survey papers, titles of documents, sources used, etc. It is all these scopes of data that make it easy to find the scientists who quoted a certain author in his publications as well as how and when it happened.

The basis of the indexed Web of Science resources are scientific articles on natural, exact and social directions unlike the journals of the humanitarian direction which are much less in the database. In this regard, the scientists who specialize in humanities often choose the periodicals for the publication of their articles from Scopus Database.

What is special about WoS

First of all, it is an opportunity to get the access to all scientific materials, articles, reviews and other studies that are a part of the full review of the scientific activity of a certain scientist or establishment, and this, in its turn, is an unprecedented coverage: 7.3 million conference materials on various branches of humanities, social sciences and art. Among them there are such indexes as:

  • Emerging Sources Citation Index covers more than 5000 peer-reviewed journals in which more than 60% of publications belong to humanities and social sciences, but they have no sufficiently high level of the international scientific citation. The journals from Emerging Sources Citation Index have no impact factor!
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index contains 4.5 million records and covers 2.5 thousand scientific publications in art and humanities.
  • Social Sciences Citation Index covers 3200 journals and contains 8.5 million records.
  • Science Citation Index Expanded is the index of publications on technical and natural sciences. It covers 8300 main journals in 150 scientific disciplines in the sphere of natural and technical sciences.

Scopus journals

What is unique about Web of Science?

  • Unbiased evaluation of the journal's influential potential. The process of journals selection does not give any preferences to certain publishers as the rules are the same for all.
  • Full indexing garantees that you will get the access to all articles, reviews, editorial materials and other research results that are a part of the full review of the scientific activity of a specialist or establishment.
  • When indexing a journal, the WoS indexes it completely and never passes off a partial coverage for full one.
  • It covers regional databases: Latin America, China, Korea and Russia.

Scopus Scientometric Databas

Scopus   is one of the largest scientometric databases which includes more than 27 million articles and 51000 scientific periodicals. Its resources allow to conveniently and quickly track the citation of the studies published in the scientific journals.

Scopus Database is known worldwide as a platform that covers periodicals in many different disciplines.

Scopus appeared later than the WoS, but for today it has a third more material than WoS. The reason for this was the use of a wider range of publication sources from around the world as opposed to Web of Science which tends to more traditional sources, in particular, American ones.

Scopus is much easier to use, both in order to publish one's scientific article in the journal and find interesting information among the huge amount of material of this platform.

Scopus has special tools that allow a researcher not to limit himself to a simple search, but to go further into the field of research and analysis.

Database Scopus and Web of Science

Opportunities from cooperation with Scopus

  • Search of organizations by their profiles using Affiliation Identifier (unique organization identifier).
  • Ability to search for documents linked by general links, authors and / or keywords.
  • Ability to specify data about oneself as an author by integrating with ORCID.
  • There is also functional compatibility with ScienceDirect, Reaxys and Engineering Village.
  • Tracking citation changes over time for several documents or authors using Citation Overview/Tracker with the ability of notifying about updates.
  • Visualization of search results and their evaluation with the help of Analyze Results.
  • Ability to see the H-index of certain authors.
  • Analysis of the author's publications with the help of Author Evaluator.
  • Ability to compare journals with the help of Journal Analyzer and SNIP and SJR alternative indicators.

Why should a scientist to be published in Scopus and Web of Science?

Publications in abstract databases are:

- guarantee of successful research work defence;

- opportunity of gaining a  PhD degree in the CIS and abroad;

- chance of receiving grants;

- excellent start of publishing activity in the world-class journals;

- increase of significance and reputation of a scientist in the scientific community.

Each of the databases has its own particularities and differences, but still, the choice of the platform for publishing is often dictated by the main task set by a scientist before himself as well as the specifics of his research and scientific orientation.

Depending on the purpose of your research work publication, our specialists will help you choose the most appropriate database for your article publishing. To publish an article in Scopus or much easier with Scientific Publications – Publ.Science. If you have any questions, write to us or leave an application for a free consultation on the website, our managers will promptly answer all questions.

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Benefits of Web of Science

1. An impartial assessment of the impact of the magazine. The process of selecting magazines does not give preferences to a single publisher, the rules are the same for everyone. 2. Full indexing ensures that you get access to all articles, reviews, editorial materials and other research results that are part of a complete review of the research activities of a specialist or institution. 3. When indexing a magazine, WoS indexes it completely, never gives out partial coverage as full. Covers regional databases: Latin America, China, Korea, Russia.

Scopus Base Benefits

1. Search for organizations by their profiles using the “Affiliation Identifier” (unique organization identifier). 2. The ability to search for documents related by common links, authors and / or keywords. 3. The ability to clarify data about yourself as an author through integration with ORCID. 4. There is also interoperability with ScienceDirect, Reaxys, and Engineering Village. Read more in the article ...

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