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Who's Citing Me?: Web of Science

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Web of Science includes the Arts and Humanities Citation Index (1975-present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1965-present), and Science Citation Index Expanded (1965-present), but the sciences receive the most thorough coverage by far.

To find articles that have cited you,

  1. Click Cited Reference Search from the set of white tabs near the top
  2. Fill in your name in the Cited Author box as your last name followed by your first initial and an asterisk. In the screencapped sample, we're looking for Jeff Doom as Doom J* .
  3. If you're looking for citations of articles you've published in a specific journal, fill in the abbreviated title of the journal and optionally the year of publication in the appropriate search boxes. Click journal abbreviation list if you don't know the abbreviation of a journal's title.
  4. At the bottom of the screen, you can select a timespan to limit your search. You can also limit to one or more of indexes; by default, all indexes will be searched.
  5. Click Search.
  6. On the next page, you'll see a list of articles published by you or anyone who shares your last name and first initial. Depending on how common your name is and how prolific you and the people who share it have been, you may see only a few results or several pages of them. If you're overwhelmed by results, you might want to go back and limit your original search.
  7. For detailed information about an article, click View Record. This can be helpful if you're not certain that a result is yours.
  8. Put checkmarks next to the articles you want to find references to. The Citing Articles field lets you know how many citing references will be returned for each one.
  9. At the bottom of the screen, you can select particular types of sources and languages to limit your results. By default, the search will return all formats and languages.
  10. Click Finish Search.

The next screen returns a list of articles that have cited yours. You can click on their titles for more information. Note that this search will not provide metrics.

Setting Up Alerts in Web of Science

To set up alerts, first create a personal account by clicking Sign In at the top of the screen, then Register.

You cannot set up an author-based alert in Web of Science. Instead, you should select "Create Citation Alert" Create citation button on the right side of the screen for an individual article. You will prompted to sign in if you haven't already.

For a much easier way to track citations in Web of Science, see the ResearcherID box on the right column of this page.

Web of Science Researcher Metrics

The citation report generated within the Web of Science provides detailed information on selected items including total citations, average citations, citations by year, and the h-index. The report is based on records selected from the Web of Science database, does not include cited references, and may not be comprehensive.  If a significant number of your publications are not listed the resulting metrics may be significantly impacted. 

To generate the h-index of your publications in Web of Science,

  1. Identify all of your publications indexed in the Web of Science. Use the author finder located on the Web of Science search screen to be prompted through the narrowing process.  For each limiter select as many choices that are applicable.  For example, select all institutions with which you have a publication affiliation.  
  2. After completing the narrowing process, you'll be directed to a results page.  Review and further refine your results with the left hand toolbar if necessary. Only your publications should remain listed to create an accurate report. Do not mark records.
  3. After all relevant results are displayed, select "Create Citation Report".
  4. The h-index will be displayed on the right hand side. 



Want to simplify and automate this process? Set up a Researcher ID profile and see all your metrics in one spot!