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The main sources for finding citations counts for your articles are Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar. For each article these will show you how many documents indexed in the source have cited your article.
Consider the following when choosing a source to use:
You are likely to get different results from different tools as the range of literature they cover differs, so it may be worth trying more than one source of citation counts
Search for your article on Web of Science. There will be a “Times cited” link on the right hand side of the page with a count of the number of citing articles.
You may also see either “Hot” or “Highly cited” next to your paper. “Hot” articles were published in the past two years and received enough citations in the last two months to place it in the top 0.1% of papers in the academic field. “Highly cited” articles are in the top 1% in the academic field.
Search for your article on Scopus. There will be a “Cited by” link on the right hand side of the page with a count of the number of citing articles.
Search for your article on Google Scholar. When you find your article there will be a link below it to the citing articles and a count of the number. For example: ‘Cited by 46’
When using citation counts, there are various issues you should consider:
You should also remember that discipline citation patterns vary dramatically For example, the average of citations per paper 2006 – 2016 (from Thomson Reuters (2016). Baselines: citation rates), in two subjects are shown below:
It is therefore not recommended that you compare articles in different disciplines based on citation counts – there is no normalisation for field or subject.
You can use Essential Science Indicators to find these field baseline citation rates which are annualized expected citation rates in Web of Science for papers in your research field. This may help you to understand citations counts in that broad field when you are using Web of Science citation counts. Please read this information about Citation Rates to help you to interpret the numbers appropriately.
Scopus also provides citation benchmarking, showing how citations received by an article compare with the average for similar articles in Scopus. See the Scopus Article Metrics help page for more information.