Acta Scientific Medical Sciences (ASMS)(ISSN: 2582-0931)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 12

A Systematic Review on the Sufficiency of PubMed and Google Scholar for Biosciences

Yun Hwee Teo1 and Maurice HT Ling1,2*

1School of Applied Sciences, Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
2HOHY PTE LTD, Singapore

*Corresponding Author: Maurice HT Ling, School of Applied Sciences, Temasek Polytechnic and HOHY PTE LTD, Singapore.

Received: September 23, 2020; Published: November 10, 2020



  NCBI PubMed is the de facto bibliographic database for biosciences but has been shown to be insufficient for the purpose of systematic review and meta-analysis, which requires comprehensiveness. Among bibliographic databases, Google Scholar is most comprehensive. With arguments that PubMed, supplemented with Google Scholar, may be sufficient for a systematic review in biosciences; we reviewed 18 studies to determine whether a combination of PubMed and Google Scholar is sufficient. Current literature shows that the combined coverage of Google Scholar and PubMed is between 85% to 98% of the universe of bioscience articles, which may be sufficient. However, Google Scholar alone is not sufficient as the concordance between PubMed and Google Scholar is 30.3% with 20.3% of the articles unique to PubMed.

Keywords: Systematic Review; PubMed; Google Scholar



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Citation: Yun Hwee Teo and Maurice HT Ling. “A Systematic Review on the Sufficiency of PubMed and Google Scholar for Biosciences". Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 4.12 (2020): 03-08.


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