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Title: Coverage of Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science: A case study of the h-index in nursing.
Author(s): De Groote, Sandra L.; Raszewski, Rebecca
Subject(s): h-index nursing citation analysis
Abstract: PURPOSE: This study compares the articles cited in CINAHL, Scopus, Web of Science (WOS), and Google Scholar and the h-index ratings provided by Scopus, WOS, and Google Scholar. METHODS: The publications of 30 College of Nursing faculty at a large urban university were examined. Searches by author name were executed in Scopus, WOS, and POP (Publish or Perish, which searches Google Scholar), and the h-index for each author from each database was recorded. In addition, the citing articles of their published articles were imported into a bibliographic management program. This data was used to determine an aggregated h-index for each author. RESULTS: Scopus, WOS, and Google Scholar provided different h-index ratings for authors and each database found unique and duplicate citing references. CONCLUSIONS: More than one tool should be used to calculate the h-index for nursing faculty because one tool alone cannot be relied on to provide a thorough assessment of a researcher's impact. If researchers are interested in a comprehensive h-index, they should aggregate the citing references located by WOS and Scopus. Because h-index rankings differ among databases, comparisons between researchers should be done only within a specified database.
Issue Date: 2012-11
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation Info: De Groote SL, Raszewski R. Coverage of Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science: A case study of the h-index in nursing. Nurs Outlook. 2012 Nov-Dec;60(6):391-400. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2012.04.007.
Type: Article
Description: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Nursing Outlook. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in PUBLICATION, 60(6): 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.outlook.2012.04.007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10027/9639
ISSN: 0029-6554
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-12-17
 

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