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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Citation Chart

This is pretty cool. You can ask Google Scholar to collect all citations to your published articles and display them as a chart [Citations]. I don't have a lot of citations but it's still fun to see them.

[Hat Tip: Ford Denison of This Week in Evolution: A citation a day keeps ideas in play. He has hundreds of citations every year.]


  1. Those who don't want to have their reference linked to their Google profile may use Thomson Reuters ResearcherID. It is based on their Web of Knowledge but in contrast to the later it is freely available. It provides links to citing articles. However, in contrast to Google's citations it is limited to the journals in the Thomson Reuters database and doesn't contain books and patents. The good thing about ResearcherID is that it links back to Web of Knowledge which helps to identify single researchers within that database which is helpful in cases of people with common names like Smith or Kim. You'll find an example here. For H-index and citations per year you have to click "citation metrics"
    getCITED is another alternative although without any citation metrics. Like in Google's citation you can add books and patents. Since it is fully member controlled even material not available online (e.g. a PhD thesis from pre-internet ages) can be included. To my best knowledge though, there is no way to automatically upload reference lists and links to citing papers have to be added manually for the very same reasons. Here's an getCITED example

  2. On the other hand, your blog gets many more comments.

  3. You can also search on Google Scholar by name or by topic for other authors who have GS profiles, if you like seeing this kind of bibliometric detail. Anyone can set up a GS profile for their own work. I hope many more researchers will do so. As SPARC says, this approach is needed to resolve similarly-named authors. It is pretty crazy that major journals still attribute works to authors by only first initial and surname - often the author's full names are never shown at least in print. Journal website metadata can help, as the new journal-reading tool "ReadCube" illustrates.