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Journal Citation Reports

The Journal Citation Reports contain quantitative data (based on the Web of Science) about journals: number of articles, number of citations, impact factors and more. Every year in June, the data about the previous year becomes 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: click on the article title and you will find, in the journal section below the article abstract, information on the articles source journal, for example journal rank and Impact Factor.

Other multidisciplinary search engines with citation-information

How often am I cited?

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

  • On the start page choose 'Cited References'
  • You can enter your name after choosing the default option 'Cited Author', but you can also use the 'Select from index' option 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 and choose to enter a journal title or abbreviation (or use the Select from Index option), a DOI or the title of the article itself
  • Click Search to see the results. This screen will again allow you to select articles of which you want to see the citations
  • Click See results to see the final list of publications that cite your work

  • The 'Analyze Results' button leads you to a page where you can further analyze and visualize the data
    NB!  In this place the 'Citation Report' option gives you information regarding the combined group of citing articles, not of the original articles by the author you searched for
  • You can also create an alert to receive notifications of references to your publications (for this you have to have an account)

Your h-index

In Web of Science you can find your h-index via the Authors option. Search for your name and make sure you include all name variants, or search for your author identifier such as ORCiD or Web of Science ResearcherID. In the next screen you can again combine author records if needed.

The 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. For example, if an author has five publications, with 9, 7, 6, 2, and 1 citations (ordered from greatest to least), then the author's h-index is 3, because the author has three publications with 3 or more citations. However, the author does not have four publications with 4 or more citations (source: Wikipedia).

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 get lower, 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.

An h-index is determined by the content of the search engine. At Web of Science, the coverage is not equally good for every discipline. For a more complete overview, you should therefore also view your h-index in, for example, Scopus or calculate your h-index using Google Scholarh-indexes from different databases are therefore not mutually comparable!

Author Impact Beamplots

The Author Impact Beamplots (you can find them via the Researchers search option) visualize the range of an author's publication and citation impact.  They make use of a field-normalized citation metric and do not unduly penalize researchers with gaps in their publication record.

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ResearcherID and ORCID

A Web of Science ResearcherID (now on Publons) is a unique identifier that connects you to your publications across the Web of Science. 
It helps to solve author identity issues and ensures correct attribution between you and your publications on the Web of Science.

A ResearcherID can also link to your ORCiD.

An ORCID iD is a personal digital identifier that links your name automatically to your publications and professional profile. 
Use your ORCiD when you apply for grants or submit a publication. It ensures that your publications are visible and you will receive recognition for your contributions to science.  
If you want to know more about the advantages of an ORCiD and how to get one, please go to the Utrecht University website.

You can import your publications from Web of Science ResearcherID into ORCiD and vice versa (see for guidance this libguide page).