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Pharmacy: Citation Metrics: Web of Science

This guide has been written to help you with your study and research in pharmacy.

Citation Metrics via Web of Science

Citation Alerts

Web of Science includes the Science Citation Index. A citation index allows you to track who has quoted whom - so following influences on academic research forward and backward in time. Citation Alerts - notify you by email whenever an article you select is cited by a new article.

To create a Citation Alert, perform your search in Web of Science then click the Create Citation Alert button in the record display. You will be prompted to login or register at Web of Knowledge. The record will be added to your My Cited Articles List in Web of Knowledge and you will get an email whenever someone else quotes it.

Citation Alerts are also available from ScienceDirect and SCOPUS

Using Web of Science to find Citation Metrics for an Author

Web of Science® provides multidisciplinary coverage from nearly 9,300 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals. You'll find current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, with coverage available to 1900.

Click here to download a Web of Science Quick Reference Card (pdf)

There are 2 ways of searching for author citation information in the Web of Science:

1. Perform an Author Search

  • On the Web of Science Search page select Author from drop-down menu and type family name and first initial/s (Use 'Author Finder'   to help  you to find variants of the same author name or to distinguish one author from another by field of research and/or address.) 
  • Click  Create Citation Report link which can be found under the Sort by menu on the Results page.  This report includes a sum of the times the author's articles have been cited, as well as a more detailed analysis, including graphs and a calculation of the author's h-Index see example of Citation Report showing h-index.

2. Perform a Cited Reference Search to include citations to items not indexed within Web of Science.

  • On the Web of Science Search page click the Cited Reference Search tab
  • Enter the name of the primary Cited Author and then click Search.
  • After you click Search, you will see references from the citation index that contain the cited author you entered. Select reference(s) from the citation index, and then click Finish Search
  • When you click Finish Search, you will retrieve records of articles that cite the references you selected from the citation index.

If the author has published in journals not indexed in the Web of Science, a Cited Reference Search will  result in a more complete listing of that author's works.

A Citation Report is not available for:

  • Cited Reference Search Results
  • Citing Articles
  • Related Records