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The pros and cons of computing the h‐index using Web of Science

The pros and cons of computing the h‐index using Web of Science Purpose – The purpose of this paper, the fourth in a series, is to discuss the pros and cons of the h‐index in the Web of Science (WoS). Design/methodology/approach – The paper looks at the content and software advantages and disadvantages of WoS from the perspective of calculating the h‐index as a single measure of published research output and influence at the individual researcher level. Findings – The paper finds that there are notable similarities and differences between WoS and Scopus, and that any WoS edition has a unique and important feature. As opposed to other cited reference enhanced databases, WoS always includes all the cited references for every record created, irrespective of the publication year. Originality/value – The paper provides insights into the advantages and disadvantages of WoS from the perspective of calculating the h‐index. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Online Information Review Emerald Publishing

The pros and cons of computing the h‐index using Web of Science

Online Information Review , Volume 32 (5): 16 – Sep 26, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1468-4527
DOI
10.1108/14684520810914043
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper, the fourth in a series, is to discuss the pros and cons of the h‐index in the Web of Science (WoS). Design/methodology/approach – The paper looks at the content and software advantages and disadvantages of WoS from the perspective of calculating the h‐index as a single measure of published research output and influence at the individual researcher level. Findings – The paper finds that there are notable similarities and differences between WoS and Scopus, and that any WoS edition has a unique and important feature. As opposed to other cited reference enhanced databases, WoS always includes all the cited references for every record created, irrespective of the publication year. Originality/value – The paper provides insights into the advantages and disadvantages of WoS from the perspective of calculating the h‐index.

Journal

Online Information ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 26, 2008

Keywords: Indexing; Databases; Information retrieval; Research

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