Where you search is what you get: literature mining – Google Scholar versus Web of Science using a data set from a literature search in vegetation science
Article first published online: 27 JUL 2012
© 2012 International Association for Vegetation Science
Journal of Vegetation Science
Volume 23, Issue 6, pages 1197–1199, December 2012
How to Cite
Beckmann, M., von Wehrden, H. (2012), Where you search is what you get: literature mining – Google Scholar versus Web of Science using a data set from a literature search in vegetation science. Journal of Vegetation Science, 23: 1197–1199. doi: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01454.x
- Issue published online: 7 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 27 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Received: 17 JAN 2012
- Full text search;
- Literature search;
- References mining
Is Google Scholar superior in literature search compared to the Web of Science?
The maximum number of papers dealing with specific subjects was derived from a published review and compared with Google Scholar and Web of Science search results using GLM and a post-hoc test.
Search results acquired through Google Scholar were not significantly different from the maximum number of papers found by manual search, while the Web of Science search delivered significantly less.
Researchers should give more prominent recognition to Google Scholar as a search tool, especially when conducting quantative reviews and meta-analysis.