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Counting Your Citations

Web of Science General Search

This method is easiest and works fine for most purposes. Its drawbacks include:

  1. Connect to Web of Science.
  2. Open the More Settings menu in the lower part of the window, and de-select all but "Science Citation Index Expanded" and (optionally) "Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science".
  3. Select Author Search from the pulldown menu and enter your last name and initial(s) in the search box. If you always use a middle initial on your papers, include it as well [jones ab]. Click "Select Research Domain" to continue.
  4. "Research Domain" choices are somewhat arbitrary and often not useful as filters, so skip this step and click "Select Organization" to continue.
  5. Scan the Organization list carefully and select any/all institutions that you have been affiliated with. The form of entry of institution names can very so be sure you find all the variants. Then click Finish Search.
  6. Once you have a results list that looks fairly accurate, click on Create Citation Report. The Citation Report ranks the results in descending order of citations received, and provides a year-by-year summary of citations, a sum of Times Cited, an average citations-per-article figure, an option to remove self-citations, and the h-index for this set of articles. Browse the entire report, and mark and remove any entries that don't belong there.
  7. To avoid having to repeat this process every time you want to see your citations and h-index, you should register for a ResearcherID (RID). This allows you to claim a unique ID number for yourself and then attach it to all your publications. After that, you can get regular updates and reports, and avoid the Author Name problem when you want to repeat this procedure. The RID can be linked to your ORCID and cross-populate references.

Google Citation Tools

Citation metrics are only as reliable as the underlying data. Google Scholar's metrics are generally not reproducible and will differ - sometimes significantly - from data found in Web of Science. Google indexes a different, wider (and largely unknowable) universe of publications. It is difficult to resolve author name ambiguity.

The h-index

The h-index is a measure of "citedness" as a surrogate for productivity and impact. It is the number of articles h in a group of publications N that have received h or more citations. For example, an h-index of 20 means that there are 20 items in the selected group N that have received 20 or more citations. It is like a median, and useful because it discounts the disproportionate weight of highly cited and uncited papers that would skew a mean. However, the h-index will vary considerably depending on a person's number of credited publications and the length of time they've been active: older and more prolific authors will usually have higher h-indexes than younger or less prolific authors. If you want to compare your h-index to someone else's, you need to use the same methodology to calculate them and then normalize the values by dividing them by a second factor, e.g. years since PhD. The standard caveats apply when using h-indexes in personnel and funding decisions.


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