A Comparison of Citation Totals From the Quick and Thorough Methods

Take this well-known paper as an example:

Author(s): SCHWAB, P (SCHWAB, P); FRANCE, MB (FRANCE, MB); ZILLER, JW (ZILLER, JW); GRUBBS, RH (GRUBBS, RH)
Source: ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION IN ENGLISH
Volume: 34 Issue: 18 Pages: 2039-2041 Published: OCT 2 1995

The Times Cited figure for this paper's master record in Web of Science was 1,047 (as of 8/1/2011). That's the number you'd get using the Quick Method.

If you look it up as a Cited Reference under the first author, SCHWAB P* and count all the additional variant citations, including those from the German edition of this journal, the manual citation count jumps to 1,267! This is probably an extreme example but it illustrates the discrepancies between the two methods, and shows how messy some of the citation data is.

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