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Citation Analysis for Promotion & Tenure — Getting Started

This guide covers resources for conducting citation analysis, finding impact factors and journal rankings.


What is citation analysis?

Citation analysis is a way of measuring the relative importance or impact of an author, an article or a publication by counting the number of times that author, article, or publication has been cited by other works.

Why conduct citation analysis?

Citation analysis may be conducted for following purposes:

  • To establish the impact that a particular work has had by identifying which other authors based their work upon it or cited it within their own papers.
  • To learn more about a field or a topic by identifying seminal works in that area.
  • To determine what impact a particular author has had within his/her own discipline and beyond by looking at his/her total number of citations broken down by discipline and by country.
  • For promotion and tenure purposes by looking at the quality of sources where a scholar’s work has been published and cited

Commonly Used Terms and Definitions

Explanations of terms related to citation counts and journal rankings.

Cited Reference Searching

Scopus Searching:

  • Searching for a Specific Article or an Author
  • Measuring the Scholarly Impact of a School, Department, or an Academic Unit
  • Set up alerts for both articles and authors. To create an alert for an article, search for it and then click on the title in your search results. 

Alternate Sources:

  • Google Scholar
    If the article has been cited by others, a link reading “cited by” will be part of the Google Scholar record. Clicking on that link will take you to the list of articles that cited the scholarly item.  
  • Other UConn Subscription-Based Database Sources for Finding Citing References
     Some of the Libraries' databases include a cited reference search option. These numbers are based on the the total number of times as publication has been cited
    within that specific database. 
  • Harzing's Publish or Perish (PoP)
    The Publish or Perish software can be downloaded at no cost.  It analyzes Google Scholar data.

Google Scholar allows for the creation of email alerts to keep you notified of new publications. Here are a few of the reasons why you might want to create alerts:

  • To stay up to date on a topic of interest
  • To make sure you're notified when your name is included in a new publication
  • To track the citations to a particular article or author over time

Journal Rankings

Journal Impact Factor: What is it and How is it Calculated?

  • Analyzing Journals using Journal Citation Reports
  • Analyzing Journals Using Scopus
  • Analyzing Journals Using SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
  • Google Scholar Metrics