Sunday, January 26, 2014

#Wikidata - the case for including #Scopus references

Scopus is "the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature". It is used a lot. Recently a publication looked at the coverage of scientists in Wikipedia. The scientists that were considered, all have their Scopus identifier.

To facilitate follow-up research, it makes sense to include Scopus identifiers in Wikidata. It makes sense to add other identifiers as well. For instance ResearchGate identifiers are more friendly to people looking for information. It is not pay-walled.

I am not suggesting that every person identified in Scopus or ResearchGate is notable. The point is that references to external sources are useful and allow for more effective research.
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