LSE Impact Blog: Google Scholar is a serious alternative to Web of Science

LSE Impact Blog: Google Scholar is a serious alternative to Web of Science. “Many bibliometricians and university administrators remain wary of Google Scholar citation data, preferring ‘the gold standard’ of Web of Science instead. Anne-Wil Harzing, who developed the Publish or Perish software that uses Google Scholar data, here sets out to challenge some of the misconceptions about this data source and explain why it offers a serious alternative to Web of Science. In addition to its flaws having been overstated, Google Scholar’s coverage of high-quality publications is more comprehensive in many areas, including in the social sciences and humanities, books and book chapters, conference proceedings and non-English language publications.”