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Scholarly Impact and Citation Analysis

Tips and step-by-step directions on how to find citing articles, impact factors, and journal rankings.

Citation Analysis Using Google Scholar


Google Scholar
  1. Enter the author's name in quotations: "j golec". If you're finding too many papers which mention the author, you can use the "author:" operator to search for specific authors. For example, you can try author:bird, author:"r bird", or author:"robert c bird". For more accurate results, go to Advanced Search to search by author, publication.
  2. Look for the "Cited by" link below each result. This is the number of citations to this work that are indexed by Google Scholar. Click on that link to retrieve them.

Hints: Setting your Scholar Preferences will give you more functionality by:

  • Showing the OhioLINK FindIt link to help you find items owned by OhioLINK libraries. (Set the Library Links option in preferences)
  • Providing an Import Citation link for each item so you can import it to RefWorks or another citation manager. (Set the Bibliography Manager option in Preferences)

Caveats: Google Scholar is not as sophisticated as Scopus or Web of Science. It cannot remove self-citations and so you have to look for them yourself which can be time-consuming.. It sometimes has multiple entries for one work which can inflate results.


To learn more consult the Help and Advanced search tips page for Google Scholar.


Publish or Perish

Publish or Perish is a software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these and presents the following statistics:  Definitions of the following metrics from the Publish or Perish site.

  • Total number of papers
  • Total number of citations
  • Average number of citations per paper
  • Average number of citations per author
  • Average number of papers per author
  • Average number of citations per year
  • Hirsch's h-index and related parameters
  • Egghe's g-index
  • The contemporary h-index
  • The age-weighted citation rate
  • Two variations of individual h-indices
  • An analysis of the number of authors per paper.