Web of Science is a multidisciplinary database that can be used to gather and organize author information for the purpose of evaluating Author Impact.
Author Search in Web of Science is a guide to finding articles written by a specific author.
Web of Science Citation Reports shows how that Web of Science feature can be used to get information about how an author is being cited, including the author's H-Index.
Results Analysis shows how that feature can be used to sort an author's output by various categories.
Like all databases, the Web of Science does not include all articles published, but its selection of journals is highly respected and thus useful for citation analysis.
Cited Reference Search in Web of Science (under Article Impact) can also include references to non-Web of Science indexed works (thus increasing the citation counts for an author), however a Citation Report from a Cited Reference Search analyzes the citing works, not the author's works.
It is crucial to remember that all the tools of citation metrics have limitations. For best results use multiple tools.
Also remember that this is a quantitative tool, and that citations do not necessarily indicate a positive review of an article.
Accessing the Web of Science
Here is a link to the Web of Science database. Off-campus users (UCLA students, faculty and staff) will need to use the proxy server or VPN.
The default screen is the Search page.
Using Author Search in the Web of Science
You can search using the author field on the Web of Science search page, but for a more controlled search try using Author Search. Click on the Author Search tab in the menu bar, or under the author field search box.
Enter Author Name. Use the full name and first initial. Since names in citations vary in degrees of completeness, for a more comprehensive search only enter the first initial and do not specify exact matches. If a name can be spelled more than one way, you may wish to click on Add Author Name Variant to include those alternative spellings.
Click on Select Research Domain.
To narrow multiple results, indicate the research domains most applicable to the author you're looking for.
Click on Select Organization.
If you know an author's affiliated organizations, this can be another way to limit search results. Organizations can include companies, institutes, groups and academic institutions with which the author has been and is currently associated.
Use these limiters with caution, however. They can be helpful in narrowing results, if the information is accurate, but there is also the danger of missed references.
Click on Finish Search.
The results can be further refined by either using the options in the Refine Results pane or by selecting Record Sets. The goal is define the author as accurately as possible in order to focus on the correct author, but broad enough to include variant names of the same author.
Clicking on # Record Sets allows you to see results grouped by name variations. You can then select the sets that are most likely to correspond to the author you are searching for.
After you narrow the list of results to a specific author's articles, you can:
- Print, email, or export the list to a citation manager.
- Flag your own articles for your Researcher ID list.
- Create sub-lists, by checking the boxes of individual articles.
- Click on an article to see its full record; where you can view the lists of article that cited it (Times Cited) and articles it cites (Cited References); and link to its full-text (if available) using UC e-Links.
- Tag an article for a Citation Alert, where you'll be notified whenever that article is cited by an article indexed in the Web of Science.
- Create a Citation Report.
- Analyze Results.