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Scopus vs. Web of Science


Feature Scopus (as of 01/2020) Web of Science (as of 01/2020)

Indexed Journals

25,100 active

14,558 inactive

Indexed Proceedings

120,000 events

9.8 million papers

210,000 events

70 million citations (individual papers not listed)

Date Range 1970 - present

1970 - Present 


Update Frequency Daily Daily
Citation Analysis Yes   Yes
Export Records Yes   Yes
Export Reports Yes   Yes
Alerts Service


Author Profiles

Generated and edited by Scopus  

Allows linking to ORCID iD

Author created and edited through ResearcherID


Scopus data: Scopus Content Coverage Guide

Web of Science data: Web of Science Core Collection

Iowa State University Library's "Scopus vs. Web of Science vs. Google Scholar" Comparison Chart 



Table adapted from: (Creator: Kromer, John)