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Data sources for performing citation analysis: an overview

Christoph Neuhaus (ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland)
Hans‐Dieter Daniel (ETH Zurich and University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 7 March 2008




The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of new citation‐enhanced databases and to identify issues to be considered when they are used as a data source for performing citation analysis.


The paper reports the limitations of Thomson Scientific's citation indexes and reviews the characteristics of the citation‐enhanced databases Chemical Abstracts, Google Scholar and Scopus.


The study suggests that citation‐enhanced databases need to be examined carefully, with regard to both their potentialities and their limitations for citation analysis.


The paper presents a valuable overview of new citation‐enhanced databases in the context of research evaluation.



Neuhaus, C. and Daniel, H. (2008), "Data sources for performing citation analysis: an overview", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 64 No. 2, pp. 193-210.



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