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Citation Tracking

Some databases allow you to track how many times your paper has been cited. This is useful for PBRF purposes. For further training, please contact your Knowledge Specialist / liaison librarian.

Citation tracking is useful when you have a journal article of interest and you wish to see which subsequent articles have cited your original article. You can use citation tracking when:

  • you want to see how your original article has been received and discussed in the literature
  • you want to use your original article as a starting point for getting to other relevant articles

There are a number of databases which allow citation tracking.

Google Scholar

* Broad subject coverage

  • Search for your original article.
  • From the results list, click on the appropriate link, eg ‘ Cited by 15’, to view the details of articles that have cited your original article.
  • Google Scholar Citations allows you to keep track of citations to their articles, to check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics.

Scopus

* Covers scientific, technical, medical/health (including all Medline) and social sciences literature.

  • Search for your original article.
  • In the 'Cited By' column on the results page, click on the linked number, e.g. '15', to view the details of articles that have cited your original article.
  • Click on 'View Citation Overview' to see a table showing citations over time, and to obtain citation metrics.

Ebsco databases

* See individual Ebsco database for subject coverage.

Only some of the Ebsco databases allow citation tracking.

You can only search one Ebsco database at a time while doing citation tracking.

  • Search for your original article.
  • From the results page, click on the appropriate link e.g., ‘ Times Cited in this Database (15)’, to view the details of articles that have cited your original article. Do not get confused with the link to ‘Cited References’, this is an (often partial) list of the references from the original article.
  • Alternatively you may use the ‘Cited References’ button on the green search bar. Enter details for your original article and click ‘Search’. Mark the checkbox for the correct article and click on ‘Find Citing Articles’ in order to view the details of articles that have cited your original article.

Other databases

In some other databases, a search of the full text may include a search of the article references, so this may be worth trying (particularly if you have had limited success elsewhere or if you need to be as thorough as possible). In this case you would need to search the text field for the author and title, eg “Porter AND how competitive forces shape strategy”.

Limitations

No single database is comprehensive. For the best citation tracking results you should try a combination, e.g. Scopus plus Google Scholar, or the appropriate Ebsco database(s) plus Google Scholar.