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Both subject and institutional repositories are excellent sources of citation data for publications located within those repositories. Most repositories allow an author access to a variety of citation data, including number of citations, geographical sources of citations, and sometimes the type of users. 

UConn's Open Commons repository is an example of such a repository. Authors with articles or other materials preserved there can find out numbers, locations and the type of links accessing a publication. Authors can set up an alert for regular updating of download statistics. Repository information is generally NOT included in altmertric sources. Examples of other repositories in which authors may have scholarly data include: 

PubMed Central








Patent citation information is available through the website Patcite, which is run by, a non-profit group out of Australia. Their data partners include ORCID, PubMed, US & Suropedan patent offices, and the WIPO. The database is updated every 3-4 weeks and a global scope is planned. The information is open source and the APR's are sharable.

PatCite includes patent sets from Europe, the US, Autralia, and the WIPO. An expansion of coverage is planned in the comin gyears.

PateCite provides an intersection between patents and literature, and allows a search for patents which cite a specific publication as well as searching for which literature is cited by a specific patent. In addition to titles and authors, input can be DOI's, PMID's and PMCID's. 

For help using Patcite, go to the Basic Help Document provided by, with links to other help sources as well.