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  • Sciences, Technology, Medicine
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts and Humanities




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Comparison Web of Science Core Collection – Scopus

Comparison ofWeb of Science Core CollectionScopus
Contents – Journals33,000 journals from more than 250 disciplines23,000 journals (of which 3,600 are open-access)
Contents – Conferences7.4 million conference papers8 million conference papers from journals and conference proceedings
Contents – Patents33 million patents from the "Derwent World Patent Index"39 million patents from 5 patent offices
Contents Books60,000 single titles562 book series with 150,000 single titles
Volume of data100 million entries69 million entries
Referencesfrom 1900from 1996
Period coveredfrom 1900from 1823
Coverageglobal, with American focusglobal, with European focus
Subject areasmultidisciplinarymultidisciplinary
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 managementYesYes
Special features incorporates "Journal Citation Reports"
Bibliometric analysis with "InCite"
"Articles-in-Press" from more than 3,850 journals
All Medline data are included.