How do I find out how many times an article has been cited?

You can search for the number of times an article has been cited in the published literature by using Web of Science which is linked in the "Quick Links" section on the lower left side of our homepage. From the Web of Knowledge homepage, follow these steps:

  1. Locate your article via a normal search; "times cited" should be displayed both in the list of results and in the full record for the article.  If you can't find your article, proceed to step 2.
  2. Click on Cited Ref Search in the main search screen.
  3. Fill in the boxes using the format shown. Author and Year may be sufficient depending on how prolific the author is.
  4. Select all variants of the article/work since this database includes correct and incorrect citation information from bibliographies.
  5. Click on the "Finish Search" button to see all the items which cited your article/work.

Other resources that will provide this information are Scopus and Google Scholar. Simply look up your article in either source. In Scopus, "cited by" should be displayed in the initial ist of results (right hand side of the screen), and in the full record for a given article. In Google Scholar the number of times the article has been cited will be displayed after the entry in the initial list of results; the number is a clickable link leading to a list of the citing articles.


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Last modified: 01/15/2014