When you are up for tenure or promotion, you can build a stronger case for the impact of your research by showing how often your work has been cited by other researchers.
The Scopus database was specifically created for researchers o locate scholarly works and analyze citation patterns. Here are some of the advanrtages of using Scopus to identify citations.
In many cases, Google Scholar will help you locate the majority of the works that cited your research, but to be thorough, you should search multiple sources. Here is an important caveat:
|More likely to be cited||Less likely to be cited|
|Peer-reviewed journals or books||Book chapters or conference proceedings|
|Indexed in periodical databases||Not indexed in periodical indexes|
Evaluated by journal ranking sources (such as SCIMago or Eigenfactor)
|Journals without citation metrics|
|Open source article||Article behind a paywall|
|Reputable publisher||Predatory publisher|
|Popular, timely topic||More obscure topic|
|Google Scholar is more comprehensive than any single database for locating sources that have cited your work, but be mindful of the quality of the resources that cite your work.|
|The single most comprehensive source for locating your citations||
Quality of citations varies- a mix of peer-reviewed journals and working papers
|Periodical databases only include citations that appear in the journals they index, but Google Scholar will contain citations from multiple sources such as journals, working papers and books||Not as effective for locating older resources that haven't been published on the web|