Manage Your Research Identity and Track Your Impact
The academic impact of particular works, such as journal articles, conference proceedings, and books, can be measured by the number of times they are cited by other works.
Limitations of document impact
Tracking the number of times an article has been cited can work well in some fields, but has many of the limitations of other metrics tools. The most important limitation is that the "times cited" count in any one tool only reflects cites from other articles known to that particular tool. For example, Web of Science can only tell you about citations from other documents indexed in Web of Science. The depth of a tool's "backfiles" -- that is, how far back in time the tool goes, will also affect metrics.
As such, if you look up a particular document in more than one tool, you are likely to get different "times cited" counts for the same document.
Particular strengths and limitations of common tools are noted below.
How to access document impact metrics
These databases offer an index of citations between publications and a mechanism to establish which documents cite which other documents. As such, they are the most robust tools to track article impact.
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