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Scopus User Guide: Comparison between Scopus and Web of Science

This guide is intended to provide a basic overview of Elsevier's Scopus database, including content, tips and tricks, and a comparison to Web of Science for those transitioning from that database to Scopus.

Created by Health Science Librarians

Comparison between Scopus and Web of Science

Feature

Scopus (as of 01/2020)

Web of Science (as of 01/2020)

Indexed Journals

25,100 active

14,558 inactive

21,100

Indexed Proceedings

120,000 events

9.8 million papers

210,000 events

70 million citations (but individual papers not listed)

Date Range

1970 - present

1900 - present

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)

Yes

Author Profiles

Generated and edited by Scopus 

Allows linking to ORCID iD

Author created and edited through ResearcherID

*Table created by Arizona State University Library's "Scopus vs. Web of Science Iowa State University Library's "Scopus vs. Web of Science".