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Web of Science (EN): For researchers

Introduction for researchers

Web of Science is not only a search engine, it is also a citation index.  You can search for all articles that are cited in that article, or that cite a particular author or  source. You can also find out how often and by whom your own articles are cited.  A commonly known tool is the H-index. It is also possible to receive an alert if someone cites your article. 

Journal Citation Reports

The Journal Citation Reports contain quantitative data about journals (based on the Web of Science): number of articles, number of citations, impact factors and more. Every year in June, the data about the previous year become available.

Journal Citation Reports are only available for Sciences and Social Sciences. A number of Humanities disciplines can be found under Social Sciences. In Web of Science you will find, in the entry for an article, a reference to the journal citation report, when available.

How often am I cited?

Do you want to know who your work is cited by, or in what article?

  • In the tab 'Web of Science' choose 'Cited Reference Search' in the top bar on the Basic search page.
  • Do not enter your name yourself, but use 'Select from index' to find all occurring name variants.
  • When you are only interested in the citations of one particular article, you may browse the 'cited work index' to find abbreviations of journals and other publications. View the 'abbreviation list' to find the abbreviation of the journal in which your article has appeared.
  • The next screen will again allow you to select articles of which you want to see the citations.
  • The result is a list of publications that cite your work.
  • Please note: the option 'citation report' gives the H-index and other data for publications citing your work.

Follow who follows you

Web of Science allows you to receive notifications of references to your own publications. Look up your own article and select  . You will receive an email any time someone cites your article.

Your h-index

Your H-index is calculated as follows: h is the biggest number for which there are h publications which are all cited at least h times.

This way the H-index expresses in one number the extent to which your work is cited ánd the quantity of your publications. H-indexes of starting researchers are always low, even when they have written some widely cited articles. Your H-index can never fall, not even when you have stopped publishing or when your work does not receive citations anymore.

Besides, the H-index is a relative index. A low score in one subject area, may be very high in another. An H-index is only meaningful when you compare it to that of colleagues in your own discipline.

You can check you h-index easily using author search in Web of Science or Scopus. Because the coverage of these databases varies, the h-index for the same researchers are also different and depends on the database used. You can also manually calculate your h-index using Google Scholar or any other database with citation information.

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