Coverage of Business Administration Literature in Google Scholar: Analysis and Comparison with Econbiz, Scopus and Web of Science

Bibliometrie - Praxis und Forschung, Vol. 1, No. 1

54 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2012 Last revised: 24 Aug 2015

Marcel Clermont

Chair of Business Theory; RWTH Aachen University

Harald Dyckhoff

Chair of Business Theory; RWTH Aachen University

Date Written: March 6, 2012

Abstract

Google Scholar is used for literature research as well as for evaluations of research performance. To establish Google Scholar’s functional compliance we generate a heuristic method and apply it to business relevant journals, namely those ascertained and rated in VHB-JOURQUAL2 by Schrader/Hennig-Thurau (2009). This is done separately both for single rating categories and for special business research fields. It is shown that Google Scholar primarily indexes international, i.e. English-language journals with a high JOURQUAL rating; German-language literature is hardly covered systematically. In addition, we compare these results with the business journal content of EconBiz, Scopus and Web of Science. While Google Scholar is definitely competitive with Web of Science and Scopus for English-language literature, German-language literature is systematically covered by EconBiz, only. With regard to the journal coverage of some research areas, it becomes evident that EconBiz even dominates the databases Scopus and Web of Science.

A shortened version of this paper with other figures is published in Bibliometrie - Praxis und Theorie.

Keywords: bibliometric analyses, Google scholar, journal rating, literature databases, literature researches, performance measurement, scopus, VHB-JOURQUAL, web of science

JEL Classification: I23, L31, M19

Suggested Citation

Clermont, Marcel and Dyckhoff, Harald, Coverage of Business Administration Literature in Google Scholar: Analysis and Comparison with Econbiz, Scopus and Web of Science (March 6, 2012). Bibliometrie - Praxis und Forschung, Vol. 1, No. 1. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2016850 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2016850

Marcel Clermont (Contact Author)

Chair of Business Theory; RWTH Aachen University ( email )

Templergraben 55
Aachen, 52056
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.lut.rwth-aachen.de/Marcel%20Clermont

Harald Dyckhoff

Chair of Business Theory ( email )

Aachen
Germany

RWTH Aachen University ( email )

Templergraben 64
Chair of Business Theory
Aachen, D-52056
Germany

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