Bibliometric analysis tools and databases


Multidisciplinary and diversified literature database produced and upheld by Elsevier. Contains over 50 million article references from 20,000 peer-reviewed journals. Its strength is standardising and reliably identifying author names and institution names. Provides the possibility to search for publications, citations, h-indexes, SJR values and SNIP values. Search results can also be analysed, for instance, to find essential journals, researchers and institutions of a desired subject matter.
Scopus tutorials: author search, author details.

Web of Science (WoS)

Consists of three subdatabases: Science Citation Index (SCI), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI). Contains nearly the same journal publications as Scopus. Originally produced and upheld by Institute of Scientific Information, afterwards by Thomson Reuters and today by Clarivate Analytics.
Provides the possibility to search for publications, citations and h-indexes. Search results can also be analysed in the same way as within the Scopus database.
The use of Web of Science is significantly hindered by the fact that the author names have not been standardised.  For example, a Finnish author with the letters ä or ö in their family name may be found in the database with more than ten different spelling variations. The same issue considers the names of institutions. For a reliable result, all possible name variations should be included in the search pool.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

The only official source for Impact factor values, produced by Clarivate Analytics. Contains the Impact factor values and other indicators of all journals included in the Web of Science database, restricted only to them. Clarivate Analytics is the owner of Impact factor values, and no other party is allowed to publish them, at least carrying the same title. Journal Citation Reports can be used as a part of the Web of Science database.

Publish or Perish

A free-of-charge analysing software program which can be installed on a personal computer and which utilises publishing/publication data inside the Google Scholar database. Google Scholar contains several file formats, and this makes Publish or Perish usable especially in other fields besides "article science". The reliability of an analysis is impaired, because the exact contents of the Google Scholar database have not been published.
Google Scholar/Publish or Perish. You can install Publish or Perish software here.

Publication Forum (JuFo)

A publishing channel ranking by a Finnish science community. The channels are divided into three levels (1 = basic, 2 = leading, 3 = top). Contains journals books series, book publishers and conferences. The channels are evaluated by 23 field of science-based panels consisting of specialists that include approximately 200 distinguished natively Finnish scientists or scientists working in Finland. Thirteen per cent of the basic government funding for universities is based on publications on JuFo-ranked channels.


Total number of publications:


The University of Eastern Finland specialists produce annually over 2,000 scientific publications, of which approximately two thirds have been published abroad. The primary publishing channels of research findings are international publishing forums, if it is appropriate to the field of science in question. Publications of the staff of the university can be retrieved from the SoleCRIS research database by, for instance, a person name, subject heading or publication type.

Publication information portal JUULI

For browsing the publication information of Finnish research organisations and for making searches on them. The portal is upheld by the National Library of Finland in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture and CSC. The data in JUULI has been gathered from the publication indexes of Finnish universities during the Ministry of Education's annual data acquisition. At this moment, the portal contains university publication starting from the year 2011.


Publication reports of university education can be used to observe universities' annual publication activities using different kinds of classifications (for example, publication type and publication forum rank). 

For more information[at]

Information Specialist Heikki Laitinen

See also

Books on the subject:

  • Cronin B, Sugimoto CR, ed. 2014. Beyond bibliometrics : harnessing multidimensional indicators of scholarly impact.
  • Forsman M. 2016. Julkaisut ja tieteen mittaaminen: bibliometriikan käännekohtia.
  • Kärki R, Kortelainen R. 1996. Johdatus bibliometriikkaan.
  • Moed HF. 2010. Citation analysis in research evaluation.
  • Roemer RC, Borchardt R, ed. 2015. Meaningful metrics: a 21st century librarian's guide to bibliometrics, altmetrics, and research impact.


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