The value of bibliometric databases: Data-intensive studies beyond search and discovery

In 2019, around 145,000 researchers from 139 countries interrogated the Web of Science each day to explore research information and discover key literature to inform current research.

The Web of Science contains around 161 million indexed papers sourced from 21,300 journals, however, there are few studies which demonstrated how the Web of Science is used as a bibliographic database other than for the purposes of search and discovery.

This report reviews how researchers, analysts and research organisations use Web of Science Core Collection data, drawing on the content of the database to show how often and in what ways the data underpins the global research base.


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