Veterinary Medicine

Tools to help locate and use information in the veterinary sciences.

Article Citation Metrics

What is it:

The citation count:
  • Per article that you wrote
  • With and without self-citations
  • For your articles overall and per year


  • No one citation index includes all of your articles
    • Pick one that represents your work and supplement it with your Quality Indicators narrative
  • No one citation index includes all of the publications that cited you
    • Again, pick one and supplement it with your narrative
  • Alternative/supplemental article impact measures: altmetrics, use as reading in courses or board exam reading lists, etc: include in your narrative

Sources of article citation data:

Finding your article citation count in Web of Science:

  1. Select the Researchers tab to search for yourself as author, using your name or an author identifier such as ORCID. 

  2. Run your search, select yourself from the results, and refine if necessary, then click Create Citation Report.

  3. Remove any publications that aren’t yours.

  4. Export your citation report as a text or Excel file and include it as a supplement to your Quality Indicators narrative in your dossier.
  1. Select Authors and search for your name (and affiliation, if necessary; it will still return results from your whole career.)

    If you have an ORCID ID, this process is more reliable.
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  2. Select your Author Identifier(s) and click “View citation overview.”
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  3. Remove any citations  that aren’t yours from the table.

  4. Export to a CSV (spreadsheet) file.  Repeat with your self-citations excluded.
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  1. Sign in to your Google account (or create a new account) to set up a profile and claim your citations.

  2. Delete articles that don’t belong to you.  Add any of your publications that don’t appear.


    (a)  Make your profile public and link to it from your dossier, or

    (b)  Copy and paste the data into a file for appending to your dossier.
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Harzing's Publish or Perish is a free program for Windows, Mac or Linux that will help you find your works and citations to them across multiple sources, including Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, CrossRef, and Microsoft Academic.  The tool provides a way for you to quickly summarize, limit, and export your citation information. 

You can read more and download Publish or Perish at

Journal Impact Metrics

What is it:

A ratio of citations of articles published in a journal over a period of time to the number of articles published in that period of time.  The exact calculation varies according to the metric being used.


  • Not predictive: Citation rate of past articles does not predict how highly cited yours will be.
  • Skewed distribution of article citation count in any given journal: A high impact factor may be influenced by a few highly cited articles while many go uncited.
  • Inputs are opaque: These are proprietary metrics and it's not always possible to reproduce their calculations.
  • Reductive: Citation rate is not the only indicator of journal quality (some metrics factor in things like reputation.)

Sources of journal metric data:

Clarivate's Journal Impact FactorTM is the measurement that was calculated automatically in Research in View.  It can be located in the Journal Citation Reports.

“The Journal Impact Factor is defined as all citations to the journal in the current JCR year to items published in the previous two years, divided by the total number of scholarly items (these comprise articles, reviews, and proceedings papers) published in the journal in the previous two years.”  (Source)

Finding a journal's Impact Factor in the JCR:

1. Search for the journal title

Screenshot of a search for JAVMA in the JCR search box.

2. Under Journal Impact Factor Trend, select the impact factor for the year your article was published.  Click "View all years" to see impact factors from before the most recent five years.

Screenshot of the Journal Impact Factor trend chart from 2016-2020 for JAVMA.

Additional journal citation metrics are available from other vendors, including the suite of metrics from CiteScore from Elsevier.  Information about these metrics is available here