Library:Citation Analysis & Impact Factors/Tools

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While many publishers and scholarly databases support searching for cited references, the feature is generally limited to articles within their own database. These academic and altmetric tools are commonly used for more thorough citation analysis.

Academic tools

ISI Web of Science Core Collection

ISI Journal Citation Reports

  • One of the most standard commercial tools for finding journal Impact factors, article citation counts and other author metrics
  • Favours sciences over social sciences and humanities
  • Journal-based (i.e. Uses journal articles as a source for citations. Books, patents, etc. are included only if they have been cited by a journal article.)

Video example of creating citation reports for journals, articles, authors, etc. via the Web of Science Core Collection

Video example of creating citation reports for journals via the separate Journal Citation Reports database.


  • Large database of bibliographic citations, plus tools for comparing institutions, departments, research groups and individual scholars.

Google Scholar Citations; Sample Profile UBC Math Professor Nassif Ghoussoub

  • Video Tutorial of Google Scholar Citations
  • Allows authors to curate their own list of publications
  • Calculates citation counts, h-index, and i10-index
  • Tracks conference proceedings, chapters in edited volumes, and books, but not consistently
  • Better for humanities and many social sciences than ISI Web of Science or Scopus/SciVal

Google Books

  • Tracks references in books to books, book chapters (and journal articles)
  • Finds unique citations, i.e. not included in Google Scholar, Web of Science or Scopus/SciVal
  • Books to journal citation ratio, roughly: Philosophy 4:1 |Sociology, Fine Arts 3:1 | Psychology 1.5:1 | Physics .001:1

Publish or Perish



  • Set up your own researcher profile and share all the "diverse impacts" your research has made, from journal articles to data sets and blog posts. (Free 30-day subscription; 60 USD/Year.)

  • "Captures hundreds of thousands of tweets, blog posts, news stories and other content that mention scholarly articles." Add the free Altmetric Bookmark to your bookmarks toolbar and see the metrics for any article with a DOI and items in digital repositories.

Other Tools

Top Ten (10) indices measuring scholarly impact in the digital age from The Search Principle, April 2012