Rankings for departments and researchers within a university using two different databases: Web of Science versus SCOPUS.

Torres-Salinas, Daniel and Jiménez-Contreras, E. and Delgado-Lopez-Cozar, Emilio Rankings for departments and researchers within a university using two different databases: Web of Science versus SCOPUS. Scientometrics, 2009. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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English abstract

In this work, we compare the difference in the number of citations compiled with Scopus as opposed to the Web of Science (WoS) with the aim of analysing the agreement among the citation rankings generated by these databases. For this, we analysed the area of Health Sciences of the University of Navarra (Spain), composed of a total of 50 departments and 864 researchers. The total number of published works reflected in the WoS during the period 1999-2005 was 2299. For each work, the number of citations in both databases was recorded. The results indicate that the works received 14.7% more citations in Scopus than in WoS. In the departments, the difference was greater in the clinical ones than in the basic ones. In the case of the rankings of citations, it was found that both databases generate similar results. The Spearman and Kendall-Tau coefficients were higher than 0.9. It was concluded that the difference in the number of citations found did not correspond to the difference of coverage of WoS and Scopus.

Spanish abstract

Los objetivos de este trabajo son por un lado comparar la diferencia en el número de citas rescatadas en Scopus frente a la Web of Science y por otro estudiar la concordancia entre los rankings de citación generados por dichas bases de datos. Para ello analizamos el área de Ciencias de la Salud de la Universidad de Navarra (Spain) compuesta por un total de 50 departamentos y 864 investigadores. El total de trabajos publicados en la Web of Science fue de 2299 recuperándose para cada uno de ellos el número de citas en ambas bases de datos. Los resultados indican que los trabajos recibieron un 14,7% más de citas en Scopus. En los departamentos la diferencia era mayor en los clínicos que en los básicos. En el caso de los rankings de citas se observó que ambas bases de datos generan resultados similares. Los coeficientes de Spearman y Tau de Kendall fueron siempre superiores a 0,9. Se concluye que la diferencia en el número de no se corresponde con la cobertura de WoS y Scopus, asimismo Scopus puede ser empleado como alternativa a la WoS dentro del contexto analizado.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Web of Science; Scopus; Databases ; Research Evaluation; Science Policy; Citation analysis; Rankings; Health; University of Navarra; Spain, España, Evaluación, Investigación, Análisis comparado
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BG. Information dissemination and diffusion.
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HL. Databases and database Networking.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BA. Use and impact of information.
B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
Depositing user: Rosa Sanz
Date deposited: 04 Dec 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:15
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/13903


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