Bibliometrics and Impact Factor: Finding Article-Level Metrics in Web of Science

This guide explains how impact factor is used and calculated in journal and article rankings, as well as other methods of citation analysis.

Web of Science

The Web of Science database (composed of: Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Science Citation Index Expanded) is THE original citation research source and, along with Google Scholar, is the most interdisciplinary and most comprehensive citation resource available to University of Utah patrons. Web of Science extracts the citation information from the articles in over 10,000 journals (aka the "source journals") from almost every discipline.  

But ...

A citation search in Web of Science is not a complete citation search:

  • Only citations from their 10,000 source journals are counted.
  • Citations from books, dissertation & theses, patents and technical reports are not included in the database; therefore disciplines that publish heavily in the journal literature (such as the Sciences) are better covered than those that don't (such as History). 
  • Subjects are not covered evenly by date; the science journals used for the source of citation data go much farther back in time than the source journals in the arts, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Some subject areas are poorly covered including business and education.

1. To get to Web of Science, go to the library homepage at

2. Click the “Databases” tab in the gray ribbon below the search bar, choose “W” and navigate to Web of Science.

3. Once you’re there, click on the arrow next to the search box and choose Authors. Make sure the dropdown menu says "Name Search." In the search box , type in the author's name. It may be better to search as lastname firstinitial*

Example: Smith J*.

Sometimes there may be multiple versions of your name, so it is better to include less information so that you can find more citing references. However, you can also try your full name.

3. Click on the appropriate profile. You will be taken to a profile page that includes basic information about the author. If you scroll down, you will see a list of the author's publications and the number of times they have been cited

4. You can also click on "View Citation Report" to learn more about the citations. 

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