Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar citation rates: a case study of medical physics and biomedical engineering: what gets cited and what doesn’t?

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DOI: 10.1007/s13246-016-0478-2

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Trapp, J. Australas Phys Eng Sci Med (2016) 39: 817. doi:10.1007/s13246-016-0478-2


There are often differences in a publication’s citation count, depending on the database accessed. Here, aspects of citation counts for medical physics and biomedical engineering papers are studied using papers published in the journal Australasian physical and engineering sciences in medicine. Comparison is made between the Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar. Papers are categorised into subject matter, and citation trends are examined. It is shown that review papers as a group tend to receive more citations on average; however the highest cited individual papers are more likely to be research papers.


Bibliometrics Citation Impact factor Medical physics h index Relative citation impact 

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© Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Chemistry, Physics, and Mechanical EngineeringQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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