Blog Posting on Web of Science, Scopus, and Open Access

Ryan Regier has made an interesting blog posting entitled “Web of Science, Scopus, and Open Access: What they are doing right and what they are doing wrong”. In it he discusses the Web of Science Open Access indicator for locating articles from gold open access journals. However, he points out that while this indicator is in theory a boon for finding OA articles, the fact that Web of Science only indexes a very small proportion of OA articles is a serious weakness. Regier has greater praise for the substantially larger OA coverage of the Scopus database and looks forward to Scopus’s article based OA indicator which is expected to launch in 2016.