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Tracking Your Research

Using main citation count databases

Scopus also calculates the number of citations to a document from other documents within Scopus. This is shown in the right-hand column of the search results screen.

Field-Weighted Citation Metric 

Field-Weighted Citation impact takes into account the differences in research behaviour across disciplines.

This metric is sourced from SciVal and indicates how the number of citations received by a researcher's publications compares with the average number of citations received by all other similar publications indexed in the Scopus database.

  • A Field-Weighted Citation Impact of 1.00 indicates that the publications have been cited at world average for similar publications.
  • A Field-Weighted Citation Impact of greater than 1.00 indicates that the publications have been cited more than would be expected based on the world average for similar publications, for example a score of 1.44 means that the outputs have been cited 44% more times than expected.
  • A Field-Weighted Citation Impact of less than 1.00 indicates that the publications have been cited less that would be expected based on the world average for similar publications, for example a score of 0.85 means 15% less cited than world average.

Similar publications are those publications in the Scopus database that have the same publication year, publication type and discipline.

Field-Weighted Citation Impact refers to citations received in the year of publication plus the following 3 years.

Field-Weighted Citation Impact metrics are useful to benchmark regardless of differences in size, disciplinary profile, age and publication type composition, and provide and useful way to evaluate the prestige of a researcher’s citation performance.

A Cited Reference search in Web of Science will display the number of articles which have cited a particular article.

To carry out a Cited Reference search:

  • select Cited Reference Search from the drop-down menu above the search box

  • enter the details of the article you wish to find citations for and click Search

  • the article details will be listed, including a 'Citing Articles' column

  • click View Record to access the article record in Web of Science

Google Scholar @ MQ allows you to set up a profile which contains your publications and citations counts.

To create your profile:

Go to Google Scholar @ MQ and click the "My Citations" link at the top of the page

  1. Log in with an existing Google account, or create a new one

  2. Complete the form with your details, and click the "Next step" button

  3. Review the list of publications, and use the "Add" button to add them to your profile. When you've added them all, click the "Next step" button

  4. Choose how you would like to deal with changes to publication and citation data, and click the "Go to my profile" button to view your profile

  5. If there are articles you've written which don't appear in your list of publications on your profile, you can add them manually by selecting "Add" from the "Actions" drop-down menu

  6. To make your profile public, click on either the "Make my profile public" link in the yellow box at the top of the page, or the "edit" link next to "My profile is private"

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Citations count metrics

Citations are a established measure of research impact, however, analysis offered by different tools will have varying results.

When reviewing citation counts consider: 

  • databases collect data from different sources and calculate their metrics differently
  • a journal you published in might not be indexed by the main citation analysis tools: Web of Science, Scopus or Google Scholar
  • recent research articles may not yet have been cited
  • not all contributions to journals are citable e.g. letters to the editor
  • formats such as books and web sites may not be counted
  • publication dates may affect counts
  • frequency of a journal may affect counts
  • highly cited articles don't always mean excellent research, esteem must also be taken in to account
  • research measures across disciplines may differ

Use article level citation metrics to:

  • discover who is citing your research
  • find other articles that are highly cited in your discipline
  • demonstrate evidence of sustained growth in citations
  • demonstrate evidence of high quality refereed publications, creative works or other scholarly activities

Discipline specific databases that include citation counts