The Relationship between Web of Science and ResearchGate Indicators of Iranian Researchers’ Top Papers




The present study aimes to assess “Top Papers” of Iranian researchers and includes “Highly Cited Paper” and “Hot Papers” based on Citation Indicators of Web of Science and Altmetrics Indicators of Reseach Gate. This is an applied research and was conducted using Scientometric and Altmetrics indicators. The required data was collected from SCI and ResearchGate. SPSS version 16 was used to analyze the collected data. All articles by Iranian researchers indexed in SCI by the end of May 2015 (245578 articles) were chosen. From among these articles, 909 articles introduced as “Top Papers”. This collection of articles was cited 77710 times. Rate coverage of articles in ResearchGate was 99.6%. In addition, 99.5% of the articles indexed in ResearchGate were viewed at least once. The results showed that the correlation coefficient between variables of view, download and citation number of the articles in ResearchGate and citation number of the articles in SCI were positive and significant. The results showed also that network coverage and counts of view and downloads in ResearchGate were excellent. Increased number of views of articles in ResearchGate increased the number of citations of papers too. The results showed the significant effect of ResearchGate in increased visibility of scientific works. Therefore, scholars can use Scientific Social Networking Sites as a means of “self-archiving” and as a tool of “Finding information”. This Social Network can also be used as a criterion for scientific-research evaluation of academics and scholars in science policy-making.