GOOGLE SCHOLAR DIGEST. Research on Google Scholar: empirical evidences

Enrique Orduña enorma at UPV.ES
Wed Apr 30 03:22:10 EDT 2014

Dear colleagues:

*“GOOGLE SCHOLAR DIGEST. Research on Google Scholar: empirical
evidences”*is presented, an informative newsletter created and
maintained by *EC3
Research Group* (, that comes with the intention of
reporting the results of upcoming research oriented to shed light about
Google Scholar and its derivatives (Google Scholar, Google Scholar
Citations, and Metrics). Since the products made ​​by Google are widely
reported and raise sometimes acrimonious debates, it is essential to
provide empirical evidences based on research about its uses and
applications, determining accurately what their strengths and weaknesses as
data source are.

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To inaugurate the blog we present a first report which intends to summarize
the main empirical evidences provided by the scientific community as
regards the comparison between the two main citation-based academic search
engines: Google Scholar (GS) and Microsoft Academic Search (MAS), paying
special attention to the following issues: coverage; correlations between
journal rankings; and usage of these academic search engines.

The poor results obtained by Microsoft Academic Search led us to an
unexpected and unnoticed discovery: Microsoft Academic Search is outdated
since 2013. Therefore, the second part of the working paper aims at
advancing some data demonstrating this lack of update.

Finally, we can only be saddened by the performance loss of this product of
Microsoft, which poked healthy competition and had deployed at the same
time simple bibliometric indicators and brilliant visualization tools. We
do hope that Microsoft Academic Research can rise back for the sake of the
academic information search, and scientific evaluation.

We hope this new service may be of interest.


​Enrique Orduña-Malea
EC3 Research Group. Evaluación de la Ciencia y de la Comunicación Científica
​ / Science and Scientific Communication Evaluation.

​ty of ​
​ / Polytechnic University of Valencia​

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*Enrique Orduña-Malea*
Personal de investigación.
Grupo de Investigación EC3. Instituto de Diseño y Fabricación (IDF).

Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV).

Camino de Vera s/n, 46022 Valencia. Edificio 1H.
Tfo. 96 3879480 (Ext. 79480)
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