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Publication Metrics: Citation Analysis


Citation Analysis

Citation analysis, at its most basic, is simply counting the number of times an article has been cited in other publications.  The USA Libraries have a number of resources that can help you do this, and there several that are publicly available as well.


Citation counts for authors listed in Scopus go back several years. To find them:

  1. Choose Authors
  2. If you have an ORCID ID, use the ORCID ID search; this will give you only the author you are looking for.
  3. If you do not have an ORCID ID, enter the author's last name and first initial, if you have it. Some names are really common, so if you have an institutional affiliation, enter it, and click on Search.
  4. Click on the name of the author you are interested in.
  5. This displays an author profile which includes the author h-index, number of documents by that author, and total citations to that author's works.
  6. TIP: The graph you see does not, for some authors, cover all years of their publications; instead, to see citation counts broken out by year, choose Citation overview under Document & citation trends.

Scopus citation information

Web of Science Citation information

As in Scopus, search for an author by name along with a combination of other factors such as affiliation. If you have an ORCID ID, that works best. Many researchers who have published in journals covered by Web of Science will also have a Researcher ID affiliated with WoS. Use that if you have it.

An author's profile looks like this:

Web of Science Citation Numbers

You can also view a complete citation report and export the report.

Web of Science author citation report