Tracking citations to your work

It can be interesting to see how many citations there have been to your outputs by finding citation counts.  However, it can be more useful to find out the details of the documents that are citing your work.  For example, you may want to read the documents that are citing you.

Finding documents that have cited your work

The databases and services that show you citation counts for your outputs usually also enable you to link to the citing documents.  The main multidisciplinary tools that enable this are described below:

Search for your article on Web of Science. When you find it, there is a “Times cited” link on the right hand side of the page with a count of the number of citing documents – click on this link to view the documents citing your article.

Search for your article on Scopus. There will be a “Cited by” link on the right hand side of the page which you can click on to view the documents citing your article.

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’.   Clicking on this link will allow you to view the citing articles.

Setting up citation alerts

You can create email alerts which will let you know if an article or other publication of yours is cited.

Search for your article on Web of Science and click on it to see the full details.  Click on ‘Create Citation Alert’.

Search for your article on Scopus and view the full details.  Click on the option to “Set citation alert”.

Search for your article on Google Scholar. When you find  your article click on the ‘Cited by n‘ link below it, to view the citing articles.  Then click on “Create Alert” to set up an email alert to inform you when any new articles on Google Scholar cite your chosen article.  If you have a Google Scholar profile you can also track the citations to your outputs in your profile. You can set up a Google Scholar profile using Google Scholar Citations.

Analysing citing documents

The tools below can help you analyse the documents that are citing your work.

Web of Science

You can analyse the citations to your body of work as formed by your articles on Web of Science.  You can do this by using the author search to identify your papers and then clicking on ‘Create citation report’.  This video shows you how to use the citation report function in Web of Science:

Web of Science also enables you to analyse the citations to a particular article by searching for one article and using the ‘Create citation report’ option or by viewing the full details of the articles and then clicking on the ‘View citation map’ option.  To generate a citation map for the articles citing your article, click on ‘Forward only’ and then ‘Create Map’.  You will see a map of the articles citing your chosen article. You can choose to see the journals, authors, years, etc. of the citing articles by changing the ‘Appearance’ of the map.

Scopus

You can use Scopus to find out more about the citations to your body of work as formed by your articles on Scopus.   To do this, choose the author search option by choosing ‘Authors’ on the main page.  Search for your name  (for help, see the Searching for authors in Scopus video). Click on  your name to see the details about you and your outputs, including the number of citations your outputs have received.

Choose “View citation overview” to see more about the citations to your outputs.