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Here’s a good slide to summarise what is citation and the traditional methods of counting.

In recent years, there has been much studies too on the use of alternative metrics as a complement to the traditional citations and the impact of the social media counts with the later traditional citation.

Brody, T., Harnad, S., & Carr, L. (2006). Earlier Web usage statistics as predictors of later citation impact. Journal Of The American Society For Information Science & Technology, 57(8), 1060-1072. doi:10.1002/asi.20373

Priem, J., Piwowar, H., & Hemminger, B. (in press). Altmetrics in the wild: Using social media to explore scholarly impact. Retrieved from

When in doubt whether a metric is applicable, you may also refer to Jeffrey’s Beall‘s very useful guide on misleading metrics.

  1. Go to Library Database > Web of Science (includes Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index)
  2. Select “Cited Reference Search”
  3. Type in different permutations of the author name e.g. Wong, S Wong, B* Wong, S* Wong, Beng Soon BS, Wong B*, Wong S*, Wong Soon Beng, Wong Soon, W Soon, BW

Using * will give you Wong, B. Wong, Beng Soon Wong, Brian. Wong, Ben. etc.


  • You can limit your search by using Cited work or Cited.
    • For Cited work, you will need to input the exact Journal abbreviation. Click on “Journal abbreviation list” if you are unsure.
    • If your first publication starts in e.g. 2000, you can set the date range from 2000 onwards for “Cited Year”
  • You may limit your search to specific citation database e.g. Science Citation Index
  • Do take note that a cited reference may have variations in Web of Science as it is subject to how the data was indexed and loaded.
  • For example, Then the total citation in this case should be 17 instead of 16 or 1.
  • See training videos from Thomson Reuters.



Pay attention to use “Cited Reference Search” and not “Search”. Cited Reference Search includes inaccurate citations (or mis–cites). It will also search for cited articles and books or other items that are not published within the Web of Science coverage time span or not published in one of the journals indexed by the Web of Science. Please also know that such inaccurate citations retrieve only the first author of the paper.

  1. Go to Library Database > Scopus
  2. Select “Author Search”

Fill in the necessary fields

  • From the results page, select the right results and then click “View citation overview” scopus2
  • You may select “Request to merge authors” to get Scopus to merge the results.
  • You can view the total citation and h-index from the citation overview scopus3


Harzing Publish or Perish (PoP) is a software that uses Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search to count your research citations.

  1. You can download the program for free in Win or Mac version.
  2. Select “Author Impact”
  3. Type in the author’s name in full, abbreviations, etc. POP1
  4. Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide on using POP for measuring author and journal’s impact.

Google Scholar

  1. Other than using Harzing PoP to get citations from Google Scholar, you can also create your profile using Google Scholar Citations to track your citations. This option also allows you to add your co-author to improve the search.
  2. Search for your articles using Google Scholar.
  3. Go to the correct article that you were looking for in the results list.
  4. Click “Cited by… ” to view who has cited this article.

Google Book

  1. To improve your books’ chances of discoverable, you can consider to submit your book to Google Book.
  2. Do be mindful to check the restrictions tied to the agreement with your publishers before submission to Google.
  3. Here’s a good read on the impact of google book on books citations – Kousha, K., Thelwall, & M., Rezaie, S. (2011). Assessing the citation impact of books: The role of google books, google scholar and scopus. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology,62(11), 2147-2146. doi:10.1002/asi/21608
Certain disciplines for example, Humanities and Social Sciences will not be so well-represented in citation databases like Web of Science, so it will be helpful to explore Journals databases that contain a concentrate amount of journals pertaining to your discipline – e.g. EconLit.

  1. Click on “Cited References” in the navigation bar on top
  2. Search for the author or article title to be cited
  3. Check the box next to each relevant item in the results page. You will only be able to selected item with “Times Cited in this Database”.
  4. Click the “Find Citing Articles” button at the top of the results to see the articles that are citing these items
  5. See guide on how to find citations using some of the major databases eg. PROQUEST, JSTOR, Elsevier, etc.


When searching for articles in EconLit, the article records from the results list will also show “Cited References”. This refers to the articles attached to the reference list of that original article that were cited. While “Times Cited in this Database” will present a list of records that cite the original article.

Alt-metrics derived from Alternative metrics and refers to counting of the number of times an article was mentioned online via blogs, twitter, facebook, mendeley, etc. It provides a quicker scanning on the popularity of your research output. You can find out the altmetrics of your research output by installing the altmetrics bookmarklet.

Below is a detailed and simple to follow presentation on the use of alternative metrics for counting of research output via social media.

In recent times, many altmetrics tools have emerged to assist you in determining your altmetrics :-

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