Counting the Citations: A Comparison of Web of Science and Google Scholar in the Field of Management

Mingers, J. and Lipitakis, L.E.A. (2010) Counting the Citations: A Comparison of Web of Science and Google Scholar in the Field of Management. Scientometrics, 85 (2). pp. 613-625. ISSN 0138-9130 . (Full text available)

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Abstract

Assessing the quality of the knowledge produced by business and management academics is increasingly being metricated. Moreover, emphasis is being placed on the impact of the research rather than simply where it is published. The main metric for impact is the number of citations a paper receives. Traditionally this data has come from the ISI Web of Science but research has shown that this has poor coverage in the social sciences. A newer and different source for citations is Google Scholar. In this paper we compare the two on a dataset of over 4,600 publications from three UK Business Schools. The results show that Web of Science is indeed poor in the area of management and that Google Scholar, whilst somewhat unreliable, has a much better coverage. The conclusion is that Web of Science should not be used for measuring research impact in management.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School
Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Management Science
Depositing User: Cathy Norman
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2012 11:38
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2013 15:39
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/28989 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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