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Cited Reference Searching: Web of Science Example

Identifying publications that have cited an article of interest.

Two Approaches for Finding Citing Publications in Web of Science

There are two ways to find citing publications in Web of Science.

  • Approach #1: All references in Web of Science contain a link to citing publications, so no matter what kind of search you do in the database, you'll be able to connect to citing publications.
  • Approach #2: Web of Science also offers a unique Cited Reference Searching tool that helps you find citing publications even when the article was cited in different ways.  This can be a more thorough search for cited references.

Web of Science: Key Facts

  • Multidisciplinary coverage of literature of sciences, social sciences, and arts & humanities. 
  • Long time period of coverage (some journals covered back to 1898).

Web of Science Caveats

Caveat #1: Web of Science will connect you to the publications in that database that cite your article.  This might not include ALL citing publications that exist. 

Caveat #2: Web of Science enters citations exactly as they are found in published bibliographies, even if they are incorrect citations.

Caveat #3: A citation count doesn't tell you why an article was cited.  You'll need to review the citing articles to find out.

Video: Conducting a Cited Reference Search in Web of Science

Conducting a Cited Reference Search in Web of Science: Approach #1

Go to Web of Science. Search for the title of the article you're interested in.

Screen shot of a Web of Science search for an article title.

When you find the article, you'll see a link to the articles that cite it (along with a link to the references from its bibliography).

Web of Science reference showing a link to the articles that have cited it.

Conducting a Cited Reference Search in Web of Science: Approach #2

In Web of Science, click on Cited References.  Then enter pieces of information about your article of interest, preferably the first author's name, the name of the journal, and the publication year.  You'll want to look up the official abbreviation of the journal in the abbreviation list. In this example, this is the official abbreviation for Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Cited References Search Screen

There will be one or more matches.  In this case, this article has been cited two different ways.  Most of the time this article has been cited, it's been with the full citation, but two articles didn't include the volume or page numbers.  Those two articles wouldn't have been captured with Approach #1 above.  Click on all the citations that match your article, and then click on see results.  You'll see 90 citing references.

Search results show two matching citations