Presentación realizada en la European Sumer for Scientometrics 2014. Viena, 10 de julio de 2014 http://www.scientometrics-school.eu/programme.html
Since its emergence in 2004, Google Scholar has attracted a huge interest in the scientific community. More recently, it has also drawn attention not only as a information source but also as a tool for evaluation purposes.
The launch of products such as Google Scholar Citations and Metrics or the recent agreement with Thomson Reuters' Web of Science shows that Google is already a major player in the scientific information market.
Its price (free), its huge coverage and the better attention to Social Science and Humanities (compared to commercial databases) has made Google Scholar a potentially valid source for bibliometrics in these areas. Nevertheless, Google Scholar (and their tools) presents many shortcomings that are necessary to know to perform reliable analysis.
In this session, we will briefly review Google Scholar pros and cons and will examine the usefulness of tools such as Citations and Metrics.