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Research Impact: Step-by-step: Web of Science

Research impact, publishing for impact, research communication tools.

Why Use Web of Science?

  • Great depth of coverage prior to 1996
  • Good coverage of non-science subject areas but not as broad as Google Scholar
  • Great for finding citations to books (using Cited Reference Search)
  • Collects some citations to non-journal publications such as books, artworks and newspaper articles.

Researcher ID

ResearcherID is a free website which lets you:

  • create a research profile, including a publications list
  • receive a unique ResearcherID number, which can be used to eliminate author misidentification
  • generate citation metrics, including h-index

You may make your profile public or private.

Calculate your H-index using Web of Science

For most accurate results: create a ResearcherID and add all your publications. You can then get your h-index automatically.

Basic search without a ResearcherID:

  • Get a copy of your CV to make sure you have a complete list of your publications
  • Go to Web of Science
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Remember to cite h-index calculations carefully, indicating how you obtained the data. For example, "H-index calculated using Web of Science on 6 December 2012". The data is not static.

Finding even more citations - Cited Reference Search

Sometimes other researchers cite your work incorrectly or cite works that are not themselves included in Web of Science (such as books). Doing a Cited Reference Search can help you find these: