, Volume 82, Issue 2, pp 321–331 | Cite as

Comparing Google Scholar and ISI Web of Science for Earth Sciences

  • Susanne MikkiEmail author


In order to measure the degree to which Google Scholar can compete with bibliographical databases, search results from this database is compared with Thomson’s ISI WoS (Institute for Scientific Information, Web of Science). For earth science literature 85% of documents indexed by ISI WoS were recalled by Google Scholar. The rank of records displayed in Google Scholar and ISI WoS, is compared by means of Spearman’s footrule. For impact measures the h-index is investigated. Similarities in measures were significant for the two sources.


Citation analysis Similarity measures Rankings Impact measures 



I am grateful for the programming help I received from Knut Barthel at the Geophysical Institute (University of Bergen), and for fruitful discussions with Hege Folkestad my colleague at the Science Library.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University LibraryUniversity of BergenBergenNorway

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