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Publication Metrics: Web of Science Article Metrics

Article Metrics

Article metrics give readers information about the relative reach and impact of a specific article. These metrics include:

  1. Citations to the article in Web of Science
  2. Cited references
  3. Usage in Web of Science

Article Citation Information

On the results screen, the number of articles retrieved is displayed with the number of citations to the article displayed.

WoS individual results screen

To see more information about this article, you can either click on the article title or choose Citation Report. Each option provides different results.

Choosing the Article Title

WoS individual article metrics screen

Web of Science provides two types of information on an article's information page:

  1. Times cited: this number gets separated into two numbers -- the number of times an article is cited in the WoS Core Collection (Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index), and then the number of times it is cited in other Web of Science databases (BIOSIS Citation Index, Chinese Science Citation Index, Russian Science Citation Index and SciELO, among others).
  2. Usage count in Web of Science:  The number of times users have clicked on links to the full text or saved the article for use in a reference manager. Numbers are provided for the past 180 days and for the usage since 2013.

The usage data is farther down the screen to the right and includes all usage, not just that for USA. The journal impact factor is also available in the same area.

WoS usage and journal impact factor

Citation Report

The citation report provides similar information but also allows you to see citations over time, h-index. and average citations per year.

WoS citation report