My RI- Measuring your Research Impact. The main bibliometric tools

Web of Science

The Web of Science (WOS) is a subscription-based service produced by Thomson Reuters (formerly ISI). WOS is the oldest and possibly the most widely known citation database. Its bibliometric data is used in many studies both nationally and internationally. For example its publication and citation data is used by the Times Higher world ranking of universities. The WOS is part of a suite of resources available through the Web of Knowledge platform. WOS is made up of three citation indexes which can be searched independently or together

  • Arts and Humanities Citation Index. (1975-date) Approximately 1,000 journals
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (1945-date) Approximately 7,000 journals
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-date) Approximately 2,000 journals

Thomson Retuers provide a listing of the journals indexed in all three databases. You can view their journal selection criteria. You can also see how to recommend a journal for inclusion in WOS. It is also useful to note how they categorise the journals. You can view the "subject category listings" for each of the databases by selecting the databse from the a-z listing and selecting subject category. It is worth noting that the journal title determines the subject category in which a paper is placed rather than the subject of the paper itself.

When you search all databases on WOS, you get citation data from all three databases previously mentioned plus Biosis Citation Index and the Chinese Citation Database. This gives a more complete picture of the citation activity for a paper.

In module 3 we will look in more detail at another key product available via the Web of Knowledge. The Journal Citation Reports which are used to identify a journal's impact factor.

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My RI by University College Dublin, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology, The National University of Ireland, Maynooth and the NDLR adapted by Marion Kelt, Glasgow Caledonian University is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at