Competitors for the Web of Science?

Dana L. Roth has published an overview of the current alternatives. Services currently offering cited reference searching include (and I give the complete list to have a good look at it):

  1. Chemical Abstracts/SciFinder/SciFinder Scholar
  2. NASA Astrophysics Data System Abstract Service
  3.’s ‘Search Inside this Book’ program
  4. Scopus
  5. Scitation/Spin Web
  6. PROLA (Physical Review Online Archive)
  7. Citation Bridge (US Patents)
  8. US Patent and Trademark Office
  9. Google Scholar
  10. Optics InfoBase
  11. CiteSeer
  12. Science Direct
  13. PsycINFO
  14. IEEE Xplore
  15. Spires HEP
  16. IOP (Institute of Physics)
  17. CrossRef

She concludes her overview:

… Recent developments of ‘competitors’ to the WoS, while interesting and useful for quick links to some citing references, are clearly not a substitute for a comprehensive citation search. WoS currently indexes ~ 8000 journals from the sciences, engineering, social sciences and the humanities, and clearly remains the primary resource for citation searching….

Source: Dana L. Roth,The emergence of competitors to the Science CitationIndex and the Web of Science (pdf 6pp), Current Science Online, Vol. 89,No. 9, 10 November 2005,[]

About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: Here is my other weblog on impact of research:

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