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Advanced Writing in the Disciplines (AWD) : Citation Analysis

A guide to online and print resources for Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

What is Citation Analysis?

Citation analysis refers to the process of analyzing the quality of a work by counting how many times it is cited by others.  Citation analysis can apply to a journal, a book, an article, or any body of work.  Common types of citation analysis are "impact factor", "h-index", "eigenvalue" and many more. 

Citation Analysis

Analyzing citation data is one way to measure research impact of individual articles and authors.

InCites Journal Citation ReportsEvaluate journals using citation data drawn from over 7,500 scholarly and technical journals. InCites Journal Citation Reports can show you the:

  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field

Web of Science (ISI)  Citations and abstracts from scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Includes over 8,500 high impact research journals, conference proceedings, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions also included. Cited reference searching allows you to track prior research, see who is citing your work, measure the influence of someone's work, and navigate forward, backward and through the literature of your discipline. Coverage 1975-present.  How to do Cited Reference Searching (video)

see also Finding the Impact Factor of a Journal