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Comparison Web of Science Core Collection – Scopus

 Web of Science Core CollectionScopus
Subject areasmultidisciplinarymultidisciplinary
Contents – Journals12,000 journals18,500 journals (of which 1,800 are open-access)
Contents – Conferences150,000 conference papers4.8 million conference papers from journals and conference proceedings
Contents – Patents42 million patents from the "Derwent World Patent Index"24.8 million patents from 5 patent offices
Volume of data46 million entries46 million entries
Referencesfrom 1900from 1996
Period coveredfrom 1900from 1823
Coverageglobal, with Anglo-American focusglobal, with European focus
Identification of authors and institutions ResearcherID (authors must register)author ID (assigned automatically), affiliation identifier
Functions alert service
related records (based on shared references)
alert service
related records (based on either shared references, authors or keywords)
Literature managementEndNote, RefWorks, BibTeX, etc.EndNote Web, EndNote, BibTeX, etc.
Special featuresincorporates "Journal Citation Reports" "Articles-in-Press" from more than 3,850 journals
All Medline data are included.
UTF-8 encoding, to display umlauts and special characters.