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How many times has my work been cited?

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.

  • Scopus curates journals and only includes journals that meet its selection criteria
  • Metrics that place citations in context by accounting for discipline, type of scholarly work and year of publication
    • Citation benchmarking shows the percentile ranking for similar documents, For example, an article with a citation benchmark of 80th percentile means that an article is in the top 80% of articles for that discipline and publication year 
    • Field Weight Citation Impact (FWCI): Scholarly works are assigned an index with 1.00 for documents that receive an average 

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:

  • While citations from high quality journals are included, many working papers and low quality journals (including those from potentially predatory publishers).
  • Google Scholar is especially helpful for locating citations to books.

How likely is that my work will be cited?

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

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Google Scholar

  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