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Citation Research & Impact Metrics

Getting Ready

The first step for searching each citation database (Google Scholar, Scopus, Web of Science) is to search your own publications in the database and save the publications list for creation of citation reports, future updates and use.

This publications list can then be used to check against the author ID and author record (for Scopus and Web of Science) to identify missing/wrong publications.

Once the author ID and author record are updated, they can be linked to ORCID and Publons (for Web of Science).

Here are instructions on how to manage the different author profiles:

Google Scholar

Google Scholar keeps track of citations to your publications. Once you have created your profile, Google Scholar will try to find all of your publications and add them to your profile. You can then check who is citing your publications, view citations over time and also compute various citation metrics including h-index.

Citations and h-index: displayed on the citations profile page; mouse over selected year to view citations for that year

Publication count: click 'Show More' at the bottom of the citations profile until it greys out

For additional information, refer to Google Scholar Citations Guide.

Web of Science (WOS)

In Web of Science, you can generate a citation report that provides citation counts and the author h-index for a set of publications. Before generating the citation report, ensure that you only have one ResearcherID and your publication list has been kept up to date.

Here are instructions on how to:

Generate Citation Report

Step 1: Under Basic Search, enter your ResearcherID, then select Author Identifiers from the drop-down menu.


Step 2: Click Create Citation Report at the top of the records page. If you have correctly added and identified your publications, there should not be any irrelevant records remaining.


The citation report includes total publications, h-index, citation counts (including self-citations or excluding self-citations), etc. Mouse over selected year to view publication counts for that year.

To export citation report, choose Save to Excel File from the Export Data drop-down menu.

Detailed Instructions on how to generate citation report from Web of Science


In Scopus, you can obtain up-to-date citation metrics (total publications, citations over time, h-index, citation counts) to your works in publications indexed by Scopus. Before generating the citation report, ensure that you only have one Scopus Author ID and there are no wrongly attached or missing publications in your profile.

Here are instructions on how to:

Generate Citation Report

Step 1: Under Author Search, enter the name of the author, then click on the search icon.


Step 2: Check the box beside the correct author profile(s) and click View citation overview.

Note: When you select more than one profile, the Scopus Author ID will not be displayed.

The citation overview includes total publications, citations over time, h-index (including self-citations or excluding self-citations), citation counts (including self-citations or excluding self-citations), etc. 

To export citation overview to Excel, choose Export at the top of the citation overview page.  

Note: You can choose to exclude self-citations if necessary, then click on Update button.

Detailed Instructions on how to generate citation report from Scopus


We wish to thank Professor Rebecca Ang for allowing us to use her author profile as illustrations.