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Evaluation based on scientific publications

This guide is based on the LibGuide created by Tritonia Academic Library.

What is a Citation report?

The Citation report is, in its basic form, a report from Web of Science including citations to a researcher's articles as well as the h-index based on these.



It can be hard to find and recognize ALL the publications of a certain researcher, especially if he/she has a very common name.

It is always a good idea to do multiple searches in WoS and refine your results, for example, by research area, country, organization or search by author or author identifier. The marked list feature enables you to save articles of your choice.

You can save your searches in your own Web of Science profile or on your own computer (Search history -> Save history). The citation report can be saved to an Excel file.


Comparing citation reports

If you want to compare citation reports and h-indexes for a certain university department, you need to decide beforehand how the search will be performed:

  • Will you search in all citation databases of Web of Science? What about Scopus and Google Scholar & Publish or Perish?
  • Will your search include all publication years or only the last 5 years, for example?
  • Will your search include all publication types or only articles, peer-reviewed articles and proceeding papers, for example?
  • Will you include self-citations?



How to find h-index in Web of Science

Access Web of Science from the link below or via other ResearchGuides.  

Find publications

0. Choose Web of Science Core Collection from the Search drop-down menu.

1. Write the author's last name, followed by the initial of the first name into the author field (example: Pekka Vallittu -> vallittu p*). Scandinavian letters are not always recognized by the database, so it is recommended to write, for example, järvinen -> jarvinen.

2. Choose timespan (all years or published 2005-2015, for example) and other settings

3. Refine your results. If you, for example, wish to include only peer-reviewed articles and proceedings papers (not editorial materials), you can select these document types. If you, on the other hand, wish to narrow results by affiliation (organisation), choose Organizations-Enhanced, and from there e.g. University of Turku (univ Turku).

4. If your result list still includes articles written by a wrong author, you can select the articles you want to keep one by one and then click "Add to Marked List". Note that if there are several articles on different pages, you will have to pick the articles one by one and then add them to marked list one page at a time.


Create a citation report

Method 1:  Creating a citation report in the Marked List area

5a. If you added the publications you wish to include in your citation report to Marked list, open the list by clicking the Marked List icon at the top of the page. Here it is still possible to remove wrong publications from the list by clicking the red cross. When the correct articles are displayed on the list, click “Create Citation Report”. The database will automatically calculate, e.g. the h-index for the publications on your Marked List.


Method 2: Creating a citation report for all search results

5b. If  all search results have the correct author, you may create the citation report directly from the result list display by clicking on ”Create Citation Report” on the right side of the Results page.  

Citation report results

6. The citation report shows, for example, the number of citations to the researcher's articles as well as the researcher's h-index.