My RI - Measuring your Research Impact. 

Main citation analysis tools

Throughout this tutorial you will see sample searches and analysis using the three most commonly used citation tools:

  • Web of Science
  • Scopus
  • Google Scholar (Publish or perish)
Which tool should I use?

The answer to this question is to never rely on one tool alone. The number of citations retrieved for a particular individual or group of individuals will vary depending on the tool used. The content (sources) covered by each tool varies as does the depth of coverage and discipline coverage.

The next page summarises some of the main strengths and weaknesses associated with our three main citation analysis tools.

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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