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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.

Suggested Readings for More Information

Aguillo, I. (2012). Is Google Scholar useful for bibliometrics? A webometric analysis. Scientometrics, 91(2), 343-351. doi: 10.1007/s11192-011-0582-8

Andrés, A. (2009). Measuring academic research: how to undertake a bibliometric study. Oxford, United Kingdom: Chandos Publishing. [library link]

Bar-Ilan, J. (2008). Which h-index? - A comparison of WoS, Scopus and Google Scholar. Scientometrics, 74(2), 257-271.  DOI: 10.1007/s11192-008-0216-y

Borgman, C. L., & Furner, J. (2002). Scholarly Communication and Bibliometrics. Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, 36, 3-72. [library link]

Garfield, E. (2006). The history and meaning of the journal impact factor. JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 295(1), 90-93. DOI:10.1001/jama.295.1.90

Garfield, E. (1979). Is citation analysis a legitimate evaluation tool? Scientometrics, 1(4), 359-375. Retrieved January 8, 2013, from

Garfield, E. (1999). Journal impact factor: a brief overview. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 161(8), 979-980. Retrieved January 8, 2013, from

Garfield, E. (1983). Perspective on citation analysis of scientists, In Citation indexing -- its theory and application in science, technology, and humanities, edited by Eugene Garfield. pp. 240-252. Retrieved January 8, 2013, from

Gonzalez-Pereira, B., Guerrero-Bote, V. and Moya-Anegon, F. (2009) The SJR indicator: A new indicator of journals' scientific prestige. Retrieved January 8, 2013 from

h-index. In Wikipedia. Retrieved January 8, 2013, from

Harzing, A.-W. (2008). Comparing the Google Scholar h-index with the ISI journal impact factor. Retrieved January 8, 2013, from

Harzing, A.-W. (2008). Google Scholar - a new data source for citation analysis.  Retrieved November 8, 2012, from

Harzing, A.-W. (2012). A preliminary test of Google Scholar as a source for citation data: a longitudinal study of Nobel prize winners. Scientometrics, 1-19. doi: 10.1007/s11192-012-0777-7.

Hirsch, J.E. (2005) An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102(46), 16569-16572. doi:10.1073/pnas.0507655102.

Howard, J. (2012, February 29) Tracking scholarly influence beyond the impact factor. Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved January 8, 2013, from

Impact factor. In Wikipedia. Retrieved January 8, 2013, from

Maximizing the impact of your research: a handbook for social scientists. London: London School of Economics and Political Science, Public Policy Group, 2011. (PDF)

Moed, H. F. (2005). Citation analysis in research evaluation (Vol. 9). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer. [ebook]

Moed, H. F. (2009). Measuring contextual citation impact of scientific journals. Retrieved January 8, 2013, from

Moed, H. F. (2009). New developments in the use of citation analysis in research evaluation. Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis, 57(1), 13-18. doi:10.1007/s00005-009-0001-5.

Pendlebury, D. (2010). White paper using bibliometrics in evaluating research. New York, NY: Thomson Reuters. [PDF]