Journal Articles - Look in Web of Science for Evidence of Scholarly Engagement

This tool will allow you to carry out a detailed evaluation of the impact made by your article.
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The Web of Science database contains records of articles from over 9,000 peer-reviewed journals which include counts of, and links to, later articles that have cited them.  It should be searched  for all your articles - even if your area is well covered by Scopus or other databases. 

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You will see  citation details to the right of the record -

Information on the journal your article was published in

Before we look at citations of the article this is a good time to capture data about the journal that your work was published in. Click on the journal title for more detail

The Research Domain information indicates the broad disciplinary areas into which this journal has been placed by Web of Science and the Impact Factor data allows you to benchmark it according to citations the journal has received within these subject areas.

The Impact Factor (IF) measures how often articles from this journal are cited by other journals in Web of Science. In this case articles in the journal Preventive Medicine from the years 2011 and 2012 were cited an average of 3.068 times in the year 2013. You can click on the blue link to Journal Citation Reports to see more detail on this, although that is probably more than you need to do for evaluating research impact. What is more important is the information on the comparative position of the journal in its Research Domains.The IF of Animal Behaviour places it in Quartile 1  - the top 25% - for the Zoology Domain and in Quartile 2 for the Behavioral Domain. Journals in the top two quartiles are cited more often than those in the other quartiles.

Looking at the citations of your article

  On the right you can see how many times it has been cited by other articles in Web of Science. Click on the blue number to see the citing articles.

Looking at the left hand side of the Web of Science results page, you will find a lot of information about the citations of your article.

The Publications Year data may show that interest in it is still increasing or that it has peaked and is declining. Typically it will take one to two years after publication for citations to begin and then after a few years they will begin to tail off - this will vary somewhat by discipline, with the process happening more quickly in the sciences than it does in the social sciences, humanities or business.

Citations by Author

This will indicate which authors cite your work most frequently. Do you know who these people are? What is their status in the field? Why did they cite you?  You probably have a good idea who regularly cites your work already, but if not you should have a closer look at them.

Tick an author's name and click on Refine to show only the articles this person has authored -

Unfortunately control of author names is not good in Web of Science, and when we try to follow through to all articles authored by Ludwig Huber in order to see the metrics, what we get is all articles from any L Huber and a consequent h-index of 76 which is incorrect. Use Scopus rather than Web of Science for this purpose.

Evaluating individual citations

Citations can be of at least four types -
Having established that Huber is a very relevant citing author we can go back to the three citing articles to take a closer look at why the citations were made. To do this we need to access the articles themselves which can be done through MasseyLink

Clicking on the MasseyLink icon beneath the second title we can link through to the full-text article -

Open the full article

Now press Ctrl-F and search by the first author's name of the original article that you are evaluating (in this case Marzluff) -

In this case Marzluff et al. is cited because it raises an "interesting question" which suggests that it is seen as significant and credible.

It is a good idea to check the citations of your work in this way for the following reasons -
It is good practice to set a citation alert on each one of your articles in Web of Science so that you are able to monitor the reception of your work on an ongoing basis

Citations by Citing Journal

Go back to the list of articles that cited your original article.

On the left you will see the Source Title box which lists the journals and other publications your article was cited in -

Note which journals cite your work most often, as well as any particularly notable titles among them. You can click on more options/values to see all the citing titles, and as we did with citing authors you can refine the results to a particular citing journal and take a closer look at them. Citing journal information is not a particularly strong proxy for value but if there are not many total citations it could be worth drawing attention to. Note that -


Fill out a worksheet with the following headings for each article of interest

Number of times the work was cited

SNIP value of the journal it was published in (if available)

Author(s) who cited the work most often

Notable authors who cited the work

Positive or negative comments about the work from citing articles

A reflection on its significance to the audience

Journals which cited the work and a reflection on their significance