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Scholarly Metrics : Web of Science

An overview of scholarly metrics and the tools you can use to find them.

Pros and cons

  • Covers extensive time period and journal range
  • Most thoroughly indexed data and disambiguated authors
  • Can only compare 10,000 resources at a time (may be problematic when looking for institutional/journal h-index
  • Fewer interactive tools compared to other options (e.g., Scopus)

Available Metrics

The following metrics are only available through the Web of Science interface:

         Author Search

  • Ability to create citation report which has a breakdown of times cited by year, h-index, average citation per year, and sum of non-self citations for the author.
  • Use selection and refining tools to disambiguate from other authors. 

         Citation Mapper

  • Creates a map of citations going forward, backward, or both from the article you search for.
  • Ability to view information for each citation in the map and subsequently create a new citation map for those records as well.
  • Option to change display of the map.

         Cited Reference Search

  • Run search for the number of times an article has been cited.
  • Display of possible variants on article/author name to help with selection of all records of this article.
  • Access to records and/or full text of articles that have cited the text you are searching.
  • Ability to create citation report which has a breakdown of times cited by year, h-index, average citation per year, and sum of non-self citations for the articles citing the text.
  • Option to create a Citation Alert.

Other metrics-related tools

InCites: Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is available through Web of Science Core Collection interface, or directly here:
https://arch.library.nyu.edu/databases/proxy/NYU02556

It offers these features: 

  • Option to search Science or Social Sciences Edition of JCR together or separately.
  • Can select the year you wish to view the JCR from.
  • Ability to view and search by journal title or category. Additional option to analyze impact by Categories by Rank or Journals by Rank, with a visualization map that lists aggregate impact factor, number of journals in each category, title changes, and offers a comparison of journals.
  • Record offers visualizations and graphs to show rank, box plot, journal relationships, and more.
  • Journal record lists abbreviated title of journal, ISSN, Total Cites, Impact Factor, 5-Year Impact Factor, Eigenfactor Score and Article Influence Score for 2007-present, Immediacy Index, and Cited Half Life.
     

InCites: Essential Science Indicators is available through Web of Science Core Collection interface, and also directly here: https://arch.library.nyu.edu/databases/proxy/NYU01573

It offers these features:

  • Citation Rankings for research fields, authors, institutions, countries, and journals.
  • Information on "Highly Cited Papers," "Hot Papers," "Top Papers," and "Research Fronts."
  • Citation Analysis is offered on "baselines" (including averages per field, percentiles, and field rankings) and "research fronts."
  • Graphs to show citation impact for each selection and also a map displaying amount of papers per geographical location.