Google Scholar Alternatives

    Google Scholar is described as 'freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines' and is an website in the Education & Reference category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Google Scholar, not only websites but also apps for a variety of platforms, including iPhone, iPad, Android Tablet and Android. The best alternative is Microsoft Academic Search, which is free. Other great sites and apps similar to Google Scholar are ResearchGate (Free), SemanticScholar (Free), Publish or Perish (Free) and Scinapse (Free).

    This page was last updated Jul 28, 2021

    1. Microsoft Academic Search is an experimental research service developed by Microsoft Research to explore how scholars, scientists, students, and practitioners find academic content, researchers, institutions, and activities.
      Microsoft Academic Search vs Google Scholar opinions
      Most users think Microsoft Academic Search is a great alternative to Google Scholar.
      It takes longer to show you results, even when it leads to no articles related to your search.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

      I use it as the main source.
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

      • FreeProprietary
      • Online
      • iPhone
      ResearchGate was built by scientists, for scientists. It started when two researchers discovered first-hand that collaborating with a friend or colleague on the other side of the world was no easy task.
      Some users think ResearchGate is a great alternative to Google Scholar, some don't.

    2. Semantic Scholar (paywall free) is a science publication aggregator that collects citation-data from PubMed, CiteSeer, IEEE etc and rank each article according to the percieved number of impactful citations.
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      SemanticScholar vs Google Scholar opinions
      Almost everyone thinks SemanticScholar is a great alternative to Google Scholar.
      pkalnai SemanticScholar has a large corpus of works.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    3. Publish or Perish (PoP) uses Scopus, Crossref, Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic, and Web of Science queries to obtain citation information, which is then analysed and converted to a variety of metrics (see Appendix).
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    4. Scinapse is a free search engine for academic papers. As of September 2018, it indexes more than 200 million articles from more than 40,000 journals.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Android
      • iPhone
      • Android Tablet
      • iPad
      BioSeek Mobile - Next Generation Search For Life Sciences. Fast. Efficient. Free. We process at one go multi-component searches that are normally quite time consuming. We strive to deliver the clearest representations of massive amounts of data.
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    5. CiteSeerx is an evolving scientific literature digital library and search engine that has focused primarily on the literature in computer and information science.
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    6. Discovery and recommendation engine for scientific content.
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      • Online
      Elsevier’s Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Search and access research from the science, technology, medicine, social sciences and arts and humanities fields.
      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Online
      Biohunter is a single portal which provides literature search, data statistics, reading, sorting, storing, journal suggestion for publication, field expert identification and their contact details for collaboration.


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