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Research Impact and Citation Analysis: Web of Science

About Web of Science

Subject Focus: science, technology, medicine, social sciences and Arts &Humanities.

Coverage: See Factsheet


  • Only citations from journals indexed in WOS are counted.
  • Citations from books, dissertation & theses, patents and technical reports are not included. 
  • Subjects are not covered evenly by date; the science journal coverage goes back further than that for the arts & humanities and social sciences.
  • Some subject areas area not well covered.

ResearcherID (WOS)

A ResearcherID number is a unique author identifier specific to Thomson Reuters. It consists of alphanumeric characters and contains the year an author registers.  There are two ways to register for a ResearcherID account. If you are an Web of Science subscriber, you can register from the Web of Science homepage. Otherwise, you can request an invitation.  Authors can: update their profile information, build their publication list using Web of Science or by uploading a file, make their profile public or private. Registered and non-registered users can search the Researcher Registry to view profiles.  See:  ResearcherID and ORCID Integration

Using WOS Citation Report

Connect:  Web of Science
Search by author (last name, first initial* ), try all variations

Click: Search

YOu may need to expand the author limit on the right and select all appropriate names

From results page, click: Create Citation Report, to the right, just above the results.


You may also search by ResearcherID numbers or ORCID identifiers

The Citation reports provides:

  • Total number of results found (Results Found);

  • Total number of times all records have been cited (Sum of Times Cited);

  • Total number of citations to all results found in the results set minus any citation from articles in the set (Sum of Times Cited without Self-Citations);

  • Total number of citations to any of the items in the set of search results (Citing Articles);

  • Citing articles minus any article that appears in the set of search results (Citing Articles without Self-citations);

  • Average number of times a record has been cited (Average Citations per Item);

  • Total number of times a record has been cited for all years in the results set (Total column)

  • H-index count that is based on the list of publications ranked in descending order by the Times Cited count.