[2401.16359] Reference Coverage Analysis of OpenAlex compared to Web of Science and Scopus

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by Jack Culbert, Anne Hobert, Najko Jahn, Nick Haupka, Marion Schmidt, Paul Donner, Philipp Mayr


OpenAlex is a promising open source of scholarly metadata, and competitor to the established proprietary sources, the Web of Science and Scopus. As OpenAlex provides its data freely and openly, it permits researchers to perform bibliometric studies that can be reproduced in the community without licensing barriers. However, as OpenAlex is a rapidly evolving source and the data contained within is expanding and also quickly changing, the question naturally arises as to the trustworthiness of its data. In this empirical paper, we will study the reference and metadata coverage within each database and compare them with each other to help address this open question in bibliometrics. In our large-scale study, we demonstrate that, when restricted to a cleaned dataset of 16,788,282 recent publications shared by all three databases, OpenAlex has average reference numbers comparable to both Web of Science and Scopus. We also demonstrate that the comparison of other core metadata covered by OpenAlex shows mixed results, with OpenAlex capturing more ORCID identifiers, fewer abstracts and a similar number of Open Access information per article when compared to both Web of Science and Scopus.



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oa.new oa.preprints oa.wos oa.scopus oa.openalex oa.data oa.metadata oa.bibliometrics oa.indexing oa.comparisons

Date tagged:

01/31/2024, 04:42

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01/30/2024, 23:42