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Chemical bibliographic databases: the influence of term indexing policies on topic searches

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A comparative study of the three main chemical information systems (Scifinder, Web of Science and Scopus) was performed by studying the indexing policies of titles, abstracts and keywords within selected literature articles. Various chemical expressions were introduced as topic searches to illustrate the different search tools related to term indexing. The resulting article lists were compared two-by-two by means of a script designed to identify common reference lists and specific ones to each editor. Analyzing these specific reference lists reveals that only partial coverage areas of references should be expected when querying a single platform. The discussion covers the term and keyword indexing policies, their influence on the retrievability of references and on the retrievability of the highly cited papers.

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The article was received on 30 Apr 2015, accepted on 28 Aug 2015 and first published on 01 Sep 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5NJ01077B
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Citation: New J. Chem., 2015,39, 8807-8817
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    Chemical bibliographic databases: the influence of term indexing policies on topic searches

    G. Niel, F. Boyrie and D. Virieux, New J. Chem., 2015, 39, 8807
    DOI: 10.1039/C5NJ01077B

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