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Measuring Research Impact

Provides the common tools and methods to evaluate the impact of research

What is Citation Report?

Web of Science’s Citation Report provides citation analysis for a set of search results. If the search results are an author's publications indexed in Web of Science, a Citation Report can then be created to show the graphs and aggregate citation statistics for this author's publications, including:

  • total number of records in the set
  • number of published items in each year
  • number of citations made each year to any items in the set
  • total number of citations to any items in the set
  • total number of citations (without self-citations) to any items in the set
  • h-index

How to create a Citation Report and get the h-index of an author?

1. Access Web of Science.

2. Either i) perform an author search or ii) use the "Author Finder".

i) Basic Search:

Search by "Author". Enter the name and initials of an author. Be sure to search for all likely variations of an author's name.

If desired, also include an institution's name in the "Organization-Enhanced" field to limit your search.

A list of results is displayed. If the author has a common name, you may want to refine the results or add terms at this stage to focus your search and get a good list of desired results.

ii. Author Search:

You can also use "Author Search" if you need help identifying an author. Select "Author Search". Enter the last name and inititals (up to 4) of an author. When desired, also select "Research Domain" and "Organization" to distinguish this author from other authors.


3. When done, a list of works written by the author will be displayed. If needed, further refine the list by research areas or other categories. Then click the "Create Citation Report" link on the Results page (Note that if the list contains more than 10,000 results, this link does not display and Citation Report is not available).



4. The Citation Report - It contains at the top graphs indicating when the works in the set were published and cited, and summary data about this group of records. The summary data include the publication count, the citation count and the h-index, which measures the researcher's relative impact on his/her discipine (refer to the "Impact of Authors" page to learn more about the h-index).



5. Detailed citation information for each publication is shown underneath the graphs. If you find that there are papers not by the author you intended, use the check boxes to the left of the items to remove them. Click "Go" to re-run the Citation Report without those items.

Refer to the quick links in the "Citation Report - guide & tutorial" box on the right to access the search guide and tutorial to learn more.


More tools in WoS to measure citation impact

Cited Reference Search is a tool available via Web of Science to measure and analyze the citation impact of articles. Click here to learn more.

Your ResearcherID in Web of Science

If you have publications indexed in "Web of Science", remember to verify your ResearcherID profile in this database to ensure accurate measurement of your publication activities. You can register for a ResearcherID and manage your profile to distinguish between your publications and those written by others with similar names.

Make sure your ResearcherID profile contains all your publications indexed in Web of Science. If not, add them to your profile. If you have just joined CityU, remember to add “City University of Hong Kong” as an assembling affiliation in your author profiles.

Once you have made your ResearcherID profile public (which is the default setting), your profile can be searchable and viewed by anyone with internet access. This is an example of a ResearcherID profile:

Refer to this guide for more.

Citation Report - guide & tutorial


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