The Web of Science database (composed of: Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Conference Proceedings Citation Index, and Book Citation Index) is THE original citation research source and, along with Google Scholar, is the most interdisciplinary and most comprehensive citation resource available to the FSU community. Web of Science extracts the citation information from the articles in over 12,000 journals from almost every discipline.
A citation search in the Web of Science is not a complete citation search:
This guide will show how to use the Web of Science to:
If you would prefer a more visual representation of citation analysis, try the new citation mapping feature.
Be Aware: Citing publications that are from the conference proceedings module, are not part of the data in the citation analysis reports.
For those who prefer a more visual presentation of the data in the Analyze Report feature, a new citation mapping feature was introduced in July 2008 which will display a map of both forward and backward citation analysis for a single article.
The Citation Report feature displays bar charts for the number of items published each year and the number of citations each year, plus counts for the average number of citations per item, the number of citations per year per publication, average number of citations per year per publication, and the h-index.
Be Aware: The Citation Report only analyzes the correct citations to the author's journal articles from the journals covered in the Web of Science; variant-citations are not covered, nor can an analysis be done on an author's books, conference papers, patents, other non-journal documents or from journals not covered by the Web of Science.
The Citation Report feature displays bar charts for the number of items published each year and the number of citations each year, plus counts for the average number of citations per item, the number of citations per year per publication, average number of citations per year per publication, and the H-index.
Be Aware: The Citation Report only analyzes the correct citations to the unit's journal articles published in the journals covered by the Web of Science; variant-citations are not covered, nor can an analysis be done on the unit's books, conference papers, patents, other non-journal documents or on articles from journals not covered by the Web of Science.
There are two methods for determining the most highly cited papers by an author:
This method can only be used for journals covered by the Web of Science; variant citations are not included in the citation determination.
To be notified whenever an article of interest is cited, use the "Citation Alert" feature. This feature is only available for articles that appeared in a journal covered by the Web of Science.
**To find the citation count, use the "Cited Reference" search so that variant forms of citation can be found; the citation count listed in the regular search portion of the database does not include the variant citation data and you may be undercounting by using this number.
**If possible, avoid using all 3 fields in the "Cited Reference" search form as this may limit results to just the correct citation. Variant citations need to be found so that a more accurate assessment of citation can be made.
The less put in the search form, the more likely variant-citations will be found.
**Use truncation liberally in the "Cited Reference" search form to capture mistakes/variants by citing authors.
**Secondary authors are not always traced in the "Cited Reference Search"; therefore, when doing a citation search for a publication, search by it's first author.
** If it takes more than one search to find all the publications for which you would like to Analyze Results or do a Citation Report, you can combine your individual result sets together to form one large set of results by using the “Advanced Search” feature ("OR" the set numbers together). Once everything is in the same results set, using the Analyze Results or Citation Reports features will be more accurate.
Example: #1 OR #2 OR #3
For prolific authors or authors with common names:
**Use the author name with first initial, then add "OR plus the author's name with first and middle initials".
Example: smith j or smith jr
**Combine the author with a date or range of dates. If using the "Cited Reference" search form, be sure to include likely typo errors in the date.
Example: 1998 or 1993 or 1989
**Combine the author with the Publication Name. If using the "Cited Reference" search form, be sure to include likely variations such as abbreviations, acronyms and known misspellings in the cited work field.
For example, if the cited work is Journal of Solid State Chem, put “ J Sol* OR Sol* OR JSSC”. This would retrieve Journal of Solid State Chemistry (the correct journal name), Solid State Chemistry (an incorrect journal name in which the “Journal of” was dropped – a common occurrence), and the acronym if this is in common usage.
See the tutorials tab on this guide for Web of Science tutorials.
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