Promotion and Tenure Resources
Who is citing an author's work and how often?
Who is citing an author's works and how often the works are being cited:
- Web of Science/s Cited Reference Search (WOS)
Published by the Institute for Scientific Information, the Web of Science database allows users to search for articles gathered from over 5,700 science and engineering journals, 1,700 social sciences journals, and 1,100 arts and humanities journals.
Users can search the database 3 ways: 1) General Search, 2) Cited Reference Search, and 3) Advanced search. Use the Cited Reference Search interface to find articles whose authors cited your publications. When searching for who cited your publications, enter your last name and your first initial followed by a period, for example, Pianta, R. You may also need to search by entering the last name, first initial followed by a period, middle initial followed by a period
As some authors did not consistently sign their names on their publications as first name, middle name or initial, last name; you should also search using the author's last name, first initial, and an asterisk. You will then need to discriminate among the articles as to which are by the author you are seeking.
Citation Searching in the Web of Science: Tips
Cited Reference Searching a video created by Georgia Institute of Technology
Citation Searching in Web of Science, a 2 page handout created by the University of South Florida
Web of Science Instructions for Eliminating Self-Citations
Created by the University of South Florida
- Google Scholar
Type the author's name into the search box and you will get a list of scholarly publications by that author. Underneath the hits you will see "cited by 14" or "cited by 4" etc. Click on that link and you have the sources that cite the article. Be sure to search using all the variations of the author's name as the names have not be standardized, for example, you should search:
"Robert C. Pianta"
"R. C. Pianta"
ISIHighlyCited.com is a freely accessible website tool developed by Thomson Scientific that researchers can use to identify individuals, departments and laboratories whose collected publications have received the highest number of citations across the past two decades. ISI Thomson Scientific is the same group that created the Web of Knowledge/Web of Science databases. New researchers are added as Thomson Scientific completes analysis of successive 20 year files.
- Publish or Perish
Offers free software you can download to your computer that will retrieve and analyze academic citations taken from Google Scholar. It presents the total number of papers, citations, average number of citations per paper, average number of citations per author, average number of papers per author and other parameters related to faculty productivity. An interesting alternative to ISI's Web of Science.
- Citation Alerts
Web of Science and Science Direct permit researchers to receive e-mail alerts on future citations to specific articles. The articles that interest you must be indexed by Web of Science or Science Direct. You will need to register to use these services. The registration is free.
Open WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. This catalog can tell you how many libraries own your book or your favorite journal.
How selective are the journals that publish your articles?
- Education Journal Acceptance Ratings. This is an Excel file compiled by Judy Walker from University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Data is from 2007.
- Cabell's Directories - Educational Set
Cabell's Directories provide information about journals such as editorial board members, acceptance rates (often not available on publisher web sites), percentage of invited articles, and what type of review process is used to evaluate submitted manuscripts . There are three separate directories in the Educational Set:
- Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
JCR is a companion publication to the Web of Knowledge can provide interesting and informative measures that complement citation counts compiled for individual publications or authors. JCR offers analysis of data gathered from 9,000 source journals carefully surveyed by ISI. Among the attributes that can be identified through the JCR the most frequently discussed is the "impact factor" associated with each journal. By indicating the frequency with which the typical article in a particular journal is cited in subsequent years, impact factors provide one measure of the influence and reputation of the journal that has accepted an author's contribution. High impact factors generally correlate with low acceptance rates, and the highest impact factors are usually found in widely recognized journals such as Science and Nature. Wikipedia has posted information on impact factors. This link shows a step-by-step set of instructions for searching JCR for impact factors.
- Ulrich's Periodicals Directory
Offers users access to serials information beyond the title level, with links to tables of contents, article abstracts, journal full-text, and document delivery. The database is designed to handle complex combined searching, usage statistics, the ability to create annotated lists of periodicals, and e-mail and download functionality in either ASCII text and ASCII-delimited formats. The Ulrich's print annual is published in five volumes, with ten indexes, and its content is limited to active titles plus three years' worth of ceased titles.
- Citation Statistics: A Report From The International Mathematical Union
This is a report about the use and misuse of citation data in the assessment of scientific research. The report was issued bythe International Mathematical Union (IMU) in cooperation with the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (ICIAM) and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS)
- Constructing Core Journal Lists: Mixing Science and Alchemy
Identifies best practices in motivation and methodology for creating core journal lists in the social sciences.
- Method or Madness? Educational Research and Citation Prestige
This article by Kate Corby, one of the top education librarians in the country, points out that only 27 per cent of the 1,124 journals indexed by ERIC or Education abstracts are indexed in Social Sciences Citation Index. An argument is made for why an assessment of a researcher's stature, based only on citation counts recorded in SSCI would potentially miss far more than it found.
- The Agony and the Ecstasy--the History and Meaning of the Journal Impact Factor
Eugene Garfield, the founder of ISI and a noted bibliometrician," discusses impact factor. He has long held that it must be used discretely. He is a noted authority and his writings are available at the ISI Web Site
- The Number That Is Devouring Science
An October 14th 2005 article from The Chronicle of Higher Education that includes an in-depth study of the rise of the impact factor's importance.
- The Rise and Rise of Citation Analysis
An interesting article about standard and new tools for citation analysis.
- The Tyranny of Citations
Inside Higher Education. May 8 2006 article takes the position that citation prestige has been taken to extremes both for the assessment of individuals and of the productivity and influence of entire universities or even academic systems.
- College and University Rankings
- A New Standard for Measuring Doctoral Programs
The Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, partly financed by the State University of New York at Stony Brook and produced by Academic Analytics, a for-profit company, rates faculty members' scholarly output at nearly 7,300 doctoral programs around the country. It examines the number of book and journal articles published by each program's faculty, as well as journal citations, awards, honors, and grants received. The company has given The Chronicle exclusive access to some of its data, including rankings of the top 10 programs in 104 disciplines.