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Research and Publishing Support: Citation Count

Research guide for information resources on citation count, journal impact, author identification, publishing, rankings and statistical analysis of publications

What is a Citation Count?

A citation count refers to the number of times a research work such as a journal article is cited by other works. It is considered as a reflection on the quality of the work, the assumption being that important or influential works will be cited more often than others.

An increasing number of databases include the citation count, a select list is given below. However, one needs to be aware that this count is not a true number of the times an article is cited because the citing article must be in the database for counts to be accurate.   

Databases with Times Cited for Articles

Databases for Citation Analysis

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