I need to access the data from both SCOPUS, Web Of Science and/or Google Scholar. The data is needed in the following form:

paper1 paper2 date1
paper3 paper4 date2
paper10 paper3 date3

where, paperA paperB date means: paperA cites paperB on 'date'.

I tried using this API to access citation data from scopus without any success. And I have no clue of getting this kind of data from Google Scholar or Web of science either. But I have seen a few papers making use of data from these portals. Can anybody help me?

  • Do you have access to SCOPUS and Web of Science? You or your university needs a license to even use the web interface. Using the API might be even more complex. In addition, I assume that the exact publishing dates aren't part of the metadata, at least not in Google Scholar. Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 21:25
  • Yes, My university has access to these portals.
    – user328441
    Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 4:19

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Neither WoS nor Scopus nor Google Scholar offer such data openly, not even with the usual licensed, university-mediated access.

However, there is a good and open alternative: OpenCitations' COCI-dataset.

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