Equality of Google scholar with web of science citations

Research Tools founder: Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim

Research Tools founder: Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim

Modern Applied Science

Volume 8, Issue 5, 2014, Pages 63-69

Equality of Google scholar with web of science citations: Case of Malaysian engineering highly cited papers  (Article)

Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya, Malaysia
Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityNajafabad, Isfahan, Iran
Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)Bangi, Malaysia
Faculty of Agriculture, Roudehen Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityRoudehen, Iran
Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad UniversityKerman, Iran
Center for Software Technology and Management, Faculty of Information Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan MalaysiaUKM Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia
Perdana School of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia


This study uses citation analysis from two citation tracking databases, Google Scholar (GS) and ISI Web of Science, in order to test the correlation between them and examine the effect of the number of paper versions on citations. The data were retrieved from the Essential Science Indicators and Google Scholar for 101 highly cited papers from Malaysia in the field of engineering. An equation for estimating the citation in ISI based on Google scholar is offered. The results show a significant and positive relationship between both citation in Google Scholar and ISI Web of Science with the number of versions. This relationship is higher between versions and ISI citations (r = 0.395, p<0.01) than between versions and Google Scholar citations (r = 0.315, p<0.01). Free access to data provided by Google Scholar and the correlation to get ISI citation which is costly, allow more transparency in tenure reviews, funding agency and other science policy, to count citations and analyze scholars’ performance more precisely.

Author keywords

Bibliometrics; Citation analysis; Equivalence; Evaluations; Google scholar; H-index; High cited; ISI web of science; Research tools

ISSN: 19131844Source Type: Journal Original language: English
DOI: 10.5539/mas.v8n5p63Document Type: Article
Publisher: Canadian Center of Science and Education

About Nader Ale Ebrahim

Nader Ale Ebrahim has Technology Management PhD degree from the Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya. He holds a Master of Science in the mechanical engineering from University of Tehran with distinguished honors, as well as more than 17 years experience in the establishing R&D department in different companies, project director and project coordinator and Knowledge based system implemented in R&D department. His current research interests are focused on managing virtual new product development teams in SMEs R&D centers. His papers/articles have presented in the several Journals and conferences. Nader Ale Ebrahim is worldwide well-known as the founder of “Research Tools” Box. "Research Tools" box is designed to help students who seek to reduce the search time by expanding the knowledge of researchers to more effectively use the "tools" that are available through the Net.
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