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How do I find times cited for an article?


Use the Cited Reference Search feature in Web of Science (WOS). Containing Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Web of Science (WOS) provides citation information for articles from over 6,650 science and engineering journals, 1,950 social sciences journals, and 1,160 arts and humanities journals. The Cited Reference Search feature can be used to find citations to a specific article or a number of works by an author.

NEW: the Library can generate a report with Times Cited, Impact Factor, Journal Category and Journal Rank data for SOM faculty publication lists. This saves a great deal of time on this process. To get help, request a consultation with a librarian, or email

Step by Step: 
  • On the Library's homepage, locate the Top Resources column, then select Web of Science.
  • Change the drop-down menu to the right of the Search (in orange) to All Databases.
  • To find citations to most authors' works, you may do a Search using the author last name and initial(s) and the publication year. However, to be entirely comprehensive, you should use the Cited Reference Search. Below are tips for an effective Cited Reference Search

    Select Cited Reference Search from the drop-down menu:
  • Even when the complete citation is known, begin a search by entering only the cited author's last name and initials and cited work on this screen.
  • Search using the first author's name of a multi-authored work.
  • Always search using the ISI abbreviation for the cited work available from the journal abbreviation list link below the "Cited Work"search box:
  • Click Search . The Cited Reference Index page will display the results. Find the paper of interest and look at the Citing Articles column to determine how many times the paper was cited:

    Important: Look for variants because articles are sometimes cited incorrectly. In the example below, A.J. Stunkard's 1981 paper in Am J Clin Nutr, volume 34, page 1593 has been cited 471 times. But look carefully at the other references on this page. Some are very close matches to the citation, listing a similar page number (e.g. 1591, 1598, or 1953). These most likely are all citing the same article, so you will want to count all the variants that seem to refer to the same article. In this case the 1981 paper was really probably cited 480 total times.
  • To see full article titles and journal titles on this page, click Show Expanded Titles .
  • Click View record to go to the full record of a cited item as well as a link to the impact factor for that article's journal.

If a reference cannot be expanded and has no View Record link:

  • The item is a reference to an article published before 1970 (the UVa Library subscription to WOS covers 1970 - present).
  • The source publication (journal, book, thesis, etc) may not be covered by WOS
  • The item contains incorrect or missing information. Typically, these are varations of the correct citation, that is linked to the WOS record.

Ellipses (...) before an author's name signify the author is not the first author of the cited article. Searching by first author will show the original record as well as citation variations.

Finding the Journal's Impact Factor and Rank

You can link to the Impact Factor for journals found in a Web of Science search.

  • From the results list, click on the title of the article to get to screen with the full reference display
  • Near the bottom of the page, you will see Impact Factor: Journal Citation Reports:
  • The hyperlink will open Journal Citation Reports in a new window. Note the impact factor from the graph or the text below.
  • To learn more about impact factor and journal ranking, see "How do I find the impact factor and rank for a journal?" page.
  • Return to the Web of Science window to continue searching.

For additional information about searching cited references in Web of Science, Ask a Librarian here or at