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Research Impact and Evaluation

Citation Analysis for an Author

  • Using the Basic Search function, type the name of a known author to retrieve the articles that the author has published in the journals indexed in the Web of Science database.  Choose an article to view Citing References to that article. This search also demonstrates the "Create Citation Report" function.
    6 minute video on Citation Report
    2 minute video What is Cited Reference Search
  • For an author that published under different initials, make sure you include all the initials to retrieve all the published papers in the Web of Science.  For example, for author Smith JA, search for smith j* OR smith a*.
  • The Citation Report gives the numbers for published items in each year, citations in each year, total citations, average citations per item, and the h-index (h number of articles have at least h number of citations).


  • When you search for an author, especially with a common name, some of the articles in the results will not belong to the searched author. These need to be removed from the results.  Do do so, scroll through the list of results and click the ones that do not belong to the author. Then, at the top, click on the GO button to remove those marked. This has to be performed on each page of results.
  • Also, remember that if you have books or papers in non-Web of Science indexed journals or in older indexed journals before they were included in the Web of Science, you need to add them manually to your h-index calculation.