How to Count Your Citations

For better or worse, academics use citation counts as one of several ways to assess the value of a researcher's output.  Here's how to find these numbers.

  • Go to the Web of knowledge at This is a commercial site but most universities have a subscription.
  • Click on Web of Science
  • Click advanced search
  • You will need to develop a search that gets only your publications.  The best way is to start with your name:
    AU=Harrington, J
    Look under Search History.  292 publications listed, mostly not by me.  I guess someone else is named Harrington, J.
  • So, I restrict to my institution.
    AU=Harrington, J and OG=Univ Cent Florida
  • Only 7 pubs.  Looks like I need to add all the other places I've worked.
    AU=Harrington, J and (OG=Univ Cent Florida or OG=Cornell or OG=NASA or OG=MIT)
  • 32 pubs.  That's more like it.  Let's check them out.  I click on the number 32 under Results.  I see a paper that isn't mine.  It's a paper with a long author list.  Probably one author is Harrington, J. and another has MIT affiliation.
  • Go back and eliminate an author from that paper from the search.  I've never had the privilege of working with someone named Acosta, so
    AU=Harrington, J and (OG=Univ Cent Florida or OG=Cornell or OG=NASA or OG=MIT) not AU=Acosta
  • 31 pubs.  I double-check my CV and it has all my papers, so I record these search criteria on my own machine and also on their system.  I will use this search a lot, throughout my career!
  • To get a citation report, I click "Create Citation Report", which is a tiny link on the results page on the right side near the top of the papers list. This gives me charts for items published per year and citations per year, number of times cited per year and per paper, total cites, h-index, and so forth.