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Scholarly Impact Research Guide

This guide provides information and instruction on the different types of metrics used to evaluate and locate one's scholarly metrics.

Using Web of Science

Using Web of Science, an author can locate:

  • a list of citing publications (both with and without self-citations),
  • the total number of citations,
  • the average number of citations per article, and
  • the researchers h-index

Limitations of Web of Science

  • Focus is on sciences, especially the biomedical sciences. 
  • Focus is on English language materials
  • Book, book chapters, patents, conference proceedings, dissertations and theses, patents, and technical reports are not included. 
  • Only goes back until 1976
  • There may be a time lag. 

Citation Report

  • Only reflects the articles indexed in Web of Science from 1976 onwards
  • Does not take into account Author name variants

Important: you should run both a Citation Report and a Citation Reference Report to ensure nothing crucial is missed. 


Conduct a Citation Report

1- To do a search for an Author. Enter the Authors Last Name and any Initials used. By sure to include any name changes or name variations using OR. 

2- Select "Author" from the drop-down menu on the right

3- Press Search

Note: If you are only looking for the publications of an author at a specific University, School, Organization Add the name of the institution in the "Organization- Enhanced" or "Address" field.

4- Be sure to verify the results to ensure that articles retrieved are written by the desired author. Use the "Research Domains", "Research Areas", and "Source Titles" limiters on the left-hand side of the search results page. 

5- On the search results page click on "Create Citation Report"

6- That will bring up a Citation Report. 

7- Remove any articles not associated with a particular article by Selected the article and pressing "Go" 

8- All articles will be displayed in order of their citation count

9- On this page you can view the authors h-index and the sum of times cited (without self-citations)


10- You can then also export the results in Excel for further analysis. 


**Tip - If you need help identifying the name variants or identity of an author - Conduct a Guided Search

To Begin a Guided Search 

A- Instead of searching All databases. Make sure you are in the "Web of Science Core Collection"

B- Select "Author Search" from the drop-down menu

C- Enter in the author name and any variants

D-Try to include or Exclude as much information as possible. It will be useful to consult an authors CV or portfolio. 



Citation Reference Report

  • Shows all citing articles, even if they have  not been indexed in Web of Science
  • Accounts for all variants of an author name, title, or publication information

Important: you should run both a Citation Report and a Citation Reference Report to ensure nothing crucial is missed. 


Conduct a Cited Reference Search

1-  Choose Cited Reference Search from the Search bar.

2- To do a search for an Author. Enter the Authors Last Name and any Initials used. By sure to include any name changes or name variations using OR. 

3- Press Search

4- Review the lists of variation and include or exclude relevant information

5- Finish search

6- This will bring up the total number of articles citing the author. This number will also include articles not currently available in Web of Science. 

7- Click on Analyze results to have a better understanding of who is citing this authors work

In order to take into account of Author name variation or common author names. It is highly recommended that authors create a ResearcherID or an ORCID, which is a unique researcher identifier which you can use in grant, journal, and book submissions. Now more than ever funding agencies as well as publishers are requiring authors to include their ORCID in the submission process. 

Researcher IDs are a fast and easy way to make sure you get full credit for your work and nothing is missed. 

ResearcherID information integrates with Web of Science and is ORCID compliant, allowing you to claim and showcase your publications from a single one account.

Also, ORCID works with Crossref, DataCite, and SciENcv to automatically update your ORCID record, once you authorize this process. 


Make the most of your ResearchID

1- Create a Profile. You can use the same login and password as your Web of Science or Endnote accounts. 

2- Enter in as much information as possible, including variations of your name that you have used in the past. 

3- Be sure to also include your ORCID so that both accounts can work together. 

4- Add publications to your account. You can do this via Web of Science. Do a search for your name or articles, and then select "

5- Once you have a Researcher ID, you can find your impact on the Researcher ID website. 


6- Or find more detailed level information in Web of Science by searching with your Researcher ID. 

Note: Only the articles indexed in Web of Science will contribute towards an authors h-index.  

Once you conduct a search, it is very easy to create search alerts. You will need to register for a (free) Web of Science account to create and manage searches. 

Author Search Alert

1- Do a search by author name

2- On the search results page. Click on "Create Alert" 


Article Citation Alert

Be notified anytime one of your articles gets cited. 

1- Do a search for the article title

2- Bring up the article. On the right-hand side of the screen click on "Create Citation Alert" 

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