Get your citations quickly, easily and accurately anytime!

For busy researchers like you, here’s a shortcut – use Researcher ID, Scopus Author Profiles and Google Scholar profiles to do the job!

Here’s why:

  • It takes literally just a few mouse clicks to get your latest citation counts anytime with well-maintained researcher profiles
  • You might miss out publications in Web of Science and in Scopus if you only do name searches (e.g. name variant issues, indexing errors in the databases
  • If you have a common name, a name search to obtain your publications and citations will be difficult as filtering of search results will be tedious
  • A well-maintained Google Scholar account allows Google Scholar to crawl the net to capture your citation counts optimally

How can NTU Libraries help you?

  • Pointers on managing your Researcher ID, Scopus authors IDs and Google Scholar account
  • How to effortlessly obtain your citations in Scopus and Web of Science
  • Possible ways that DR-NTU can further value add to your citation counts in Google Scholar

Contact us today to find out more!

Release of Impact Factors for Year 2016 – JCR 2015 Edition

The impact factors released for the year 2016  i.e. Journal Citation Reports 2015 Edition are now available.

For our NTU users, simply log into with your NTU network account via our NTU Libraries Homepage > Databases Titles > Journal Citation Reports > JCR Science Edition 2015/JCR Social Sciences Edition 2015 to access them.

Here are some highlights for JCR 2015 Edition:



New Platform for Journal Citation Reports

Dear NTU users,

Journal Citation Reports® is getting a facelift with a brand new interface and range of functions.

Here are two new features worth highlighting:

  1. New Visualising Tools – allow you to obtain citing and cited information and relationships of various journals
  1. Compare Journals – select, mix and match journals titles to obtain your own customised list of journal titles for easy comparison (e.g. Impact Factor, Article Influence Score)

You can now access the new Journal Citation Reports® using our NTU Libraries Database Page or via this link.

More information on the new Journal Citation Reports® can also be found here.

Feel free to email us should you have any enquires about using the new Journal Citation Reports®.

Release of Impact Factors for Year 2015 – JCR 2014 Edition

The impact factors released for the year 2015 i.e. Journal Citation Reports 2014 Edition are now available.

For our NTU users, simply log into with your NTU network account via our NTU Libraries Homepage > Databases Titles> Journal Citation Reports > JCR Science Edition 2014/JCR Social Sciences Edition 2014 to access them.

Here are some notable new updates/indicators that can be found in. JCR 2014 Edition:

  1. Journal Impact Factor Percentile – compares the performance of journals across categories
  1. Percent Articles in Cited Items – tracks the proportion of articles in non-review journals
  1. Normalized Eignefactor – indicates the relative influence of a particular journal in relation to another journal in the same pool

More details about these updates and more can be found here.

Below are some examples of titles that are added for the first time in JCR.

JCR Science Edition 2014 JCR Social Sciences Edition 2014
Journal Title Impact
Journal Title Impact Factor
Analysis and Mathematical Physics 0.475 Contemporary Southeast Asia 0.469
Journal of Visualized Experiments 1.325 Critical Sociology 0.491
IET Biometrics 0.857 Journal of Socio-Economics 0.505
European Journal for Philosophy of Science 1.195 Sport Management Review 1.214
Biomaterials Science 3.831 Social Psychological and Personality Science 2.561
International Journal of Aerospace Engineering 0.481 First Language 1.400
Nanophotonics 5.686 Journal of Destination Marketing & Management 1.000
JAMA Internal Medicine 13.116 Global Strategy Journal 3.694
Journal Of Environmental Health Science and Engineering 0.500 Historical Journal 0.479
IEEE Journal On Emerging and Selected Topics In Circuits and Systems 1.524 Journal of Behavioral Addictions 1.873

The full list of the 272 titles that are added for the first time in JCR can be found here.

Need assistance or more information about impact factors and citation counts? Feel free to contact us Our friendly scholarly communication librarians will then get in touch with you to assist you.

Maintain and update your Author Profiles to get your citation numbers easily!

Getting citation and publication information need not be so painful, especially nearing the critical period of annual performance appraisal or Promotion & Tenure (PT) exercises.  It can be a breeze when you consistently maintain your author profiles that group your publications so that you can quickly access the citation information.

Here’s how you can create & maintain your author profiles for commonly used citation databases – Web of Science, Scival Scopus and Google Scholar.

Database: Sciverse Scopus

Scopus has a built-in Scopus Author Feedback Wizard to let you manage your publications and citation numbers of publications indexed in Scopus.

Scopus assigns each author with a unique Author Identifier (Author ID) and automatically groups publications by the same author under the Author ID. This automatic population comes with its pros & cons – the good thing is you don’t have to build your publication list from scratch. The not so good thing is that sometimes you have missing or additional publications!

The Scopus Author Feedback Wizard allows you review and to remove and/or add publications under your Scopus Author ID.

Details on how to use the Scopus Author Feedback Wizard is here.


Database: Web of Science (WOS)

Unlike Scopus which has a built-in feature to manage Authors and their publications, WOS uses the ResearcherID platform to allow authors to manage their publications. Authors will need to create a ResearcherID account and update their publications on the ResearcherID platform. They can search within Web of Science using their ResearcherID number to pull out publication and citation information.

Many of our NTU Authors already have a ResearcherID set up for them in 2010 using their NTU email address.

You can find out more about creating a ResearcherID including updating your publications here.

Please note: Changes made to ResearcherID will be reflected in WOS after 2 weeks. This means that if you update your ResearcherID with new publications, you can only find these publications and their citation numbers in WOS using your ResearcherID after 2 weeks.


Database: Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar Citations lets authors keep track of citations to their scholarly articles available on the web.

More information on setting up Google Scholar can be found here.


I cannot stress enough how important it is to set up the profiles and regularly maintain them.  Setting up these profiles alone is not sufficient. You need to spend some time to regularly maintain them, for example, ensuring that your latest publications are added. By doing these two steps, getting an accurate citation count for all your publications indexed in these databases will become much easier!

If you need help with any of the above citation databases, do approach your Subject Librarians and we would be glad to assist you.

2014 Highly Cited Researchers by Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters has revealed the people behind the most influential research, the Highly Cied Researchers in different research fields of science. Data deriving from InCites Essential Science Indicators.

The 2014 highly cited researchers could be searched by their names, institutions, and subjects via site:  It originally known as ISIHighlyCited, first launched in 2001. ISIHighlyCited identified researchers according to the total citations to their work. The new compilation of highly cited rsearchers adopted a different approach by analyzing at citation data over the last 11 years to identify those who published the highest-impact work (2002 – 2012 and 2012 – 2013).

In addition to the site, the highly cited researchers are compiled in a report,The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014. The 1st part of the report spotlighting on 17 hottest-of-the-hot researchers who have published the greatest number of hot papers (ranked in top 1% by citation for their field) during 2012-2013. Prof Zhang Hua from the School of Materials Science & Engineering, NTU made it to 17 list of scientists with 16 hot papers. The 2nd part of the report lists 3200 researchers who published the hightest number of highily cited papers (ranked in the top 1% by citations for their field and year of publication) in one of the 21 broad field from 2002 to 2012.

Interested in this topic? Visit for more information.

ORCID – What, Why and How

ORCID stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID and is a unique and persistent digital identifier to let you distinguish yourself from other researchers, specifically those who have the same names or initials as you.

By using ORCID, your scholarly works can be correctly attributed to you right at the point of publishing and you will have an easier way to consolidate your publications and citation counts in indexing databases such as Scopus and Web of Science.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Register for ORCID at

  • Complete the form and click “Register”
  • You will receive an email. Click on the link in the email to verify your email address
  • Your registration is complete

  Step 2: Add information about yourself

  • We recommend that you complete at least the “Employment” portion so that you can be easily distinguished from other authors of the same name.

Under Employment please add “Nanyang Technological University”.

Integration between ORCID and Citation Databases

You can also integrate your ORCID with citation indexes such as Scopus & Web of Science (via ResearcherID). This way, ORCID will have a consolidated list of your publications that are indexed in these 2 databases. Also, Scopus & Web of Science (via ResearcherID) will be able to recognize your ORCID and reduce author ambiguity thus allowing  author attribution to take place faster and more accurately.

We strongly recommend that you choose only ONE database (Scopus or Web of Science) to integrate with ORCID. This is because, at this point, ORCID platform cannot distinguish duplicate articles.

For example, if you integrate ORCID with both Scopus and Web of Science and you have an article that is indexed in both databases, this article will appear twice in your ORCID. You will have to manually remove duplicate articles from your ORCID profile. Therefore, we recommend that you choose the database that best showcases your publication & research to be integrated with ORCID.

More information on integrating ORCID to Scopus & Web of Science:

1.  Web Of Science (Via ResearcherID)


2.  Sciverse Scopus


Scopus2ORCID Feedback Wizard:


Should you need assistance with regards to ORCID, ResearcherID or Scopus Author ID,  please contact


NISO to develop standards for altmetrics

Type ‘altmetrics’ in google scholar today and it will pull out more than 4,000 records. Interest and discussion in the use of alternative metrics to measure research impact is growing but there is no agreement on what gets measured, what are the criteria used for assessing quality of the measures, etc. The National Information Standards Organization (NISO) has taken the lead to address these questions and to “develop community-based standards or recommended practices in altmetrics”.

In their June 2013 press release, Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director, stated that “The creation of altmetrics standards and best practices will facilitate the community trust in altmetrics, which will be a requirement for any broad-based acceptance, and will ensure that these altmetrics can be accurately compared and exchanged across publishers and platforms.”

This project is scheduled to complete within 2 years.

altmetrics : how librarians can help prepare faculty?

In their 5 page document, Riding the crest of the altmetrics wave : how librarians can help prepare faculty for the next generation of research impact metrics, the authors Scott Lapinski, Heather Piwowar and Jason Priem suggest the following :

1. Know the literature : eg. . keep current on the discussion around altmetrics.
2. Know the tools :
3. Integrate altmetrics into library outreach and education

Article-Level Metrics – A SPARC Primer

Curious about altmetrics and want to learn more about it? SPARC recently released a 14 page document, Article-Level Metrics — A SPARC Primer.

Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) is an emerging hot topic in scholarly publishing and this primer aims to give campus leaders and other interested parties an overview of what ALMs are, why they matter, how they complement established utilities and metrics, and how they might be considered for use in the tenure and promotion process.

Table of contents :
1. Executive summary
2. Article-level metrics defined
3. Article-level metricxs and open access
4. article-level metrics capture
5. ARticle-level metrics in action (A mention of info providers that have incorporated ALMs in their user experiences, eg. PLOS, Scopus, Nature …)
6. Article-level metrics and the tenure and promotion process (include some recommendations for institutions interested in exploring ALMs)
7. Limitations of article-level metrics
8. Potential of article-level metrics
9. Appendix : Altmetrics tools

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