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Scopus vs. Web of Science


Feature Scopus (as of 01/2020) Web of Science (as of 01/2020)

Indexed Journals

25,100 active

14,558 inactive

Indexed Proceedings

120,000 events

9.8 million papers

210,000 events

70 million citations (individual papers not listed)

Date Range 1970 - present

1900 - Present 

(ASU will maintain access to indexing from 1900 to 2020)

Update Frequency Daily Daily
Citation Analysis Yes  (learn how) Yes
Export Records Yes  (learn how) Yes
Export Reports Yes  (learn how) Yes
Alerts Service

Yes  (learn how)

Author Profiles

Generated and edited by Scopus  (learn more)

Allows linking to ORCID iD

Author created and edited through ResearcherID


Scopus data: Scopus Content Coverage Guide

Web of Science data: Web of Science Core Collection

Table adapted from Iowa State University Library's "Scopus vs. Web of Science vs. Google Scholar" Comparison Chart 

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