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Web of Science: Using a Citation Database: H-Index via Citation Reports

Create Citation Report to Find the H-Index

Web of Science enables you to create a Citation Report for any general Search result set with fewer than 10,000 results. The search may be for an author, but it may also be for a group of authors working in a lab, an institution, a subject, etc.

A WoS Citation Report provides productivity and performance metrics, including publications per year, citations per year, the h-index, total citations for all documents, average cites per item, and number of unique citing articles.

To find an h-Index for an author using the Citation Report application:

1. Search for all papers by the author of interest. (You can review doing a comprehensive search for an author's papers in Module 2 of this tutorial.)

2. On the search results page, click the Create Citation Report located on the top right of the page. The Citation Report automatically calculates the h-index and other metrics based on the complete results of your search.

3. To remove any individual items you mya wish to exclude from the analysis, scroll down to the list of citations included in the citation report, check the checkbox next to items you wish to exclude, and then click the Go option at the top of the list to remove the selected citations.  You can also modify the date range, if, for example, you only wish to see this author's h-index for publications published in the last five years.

4. Scroll back up to see the revised the h-index. It will appear in a list of measures next to the graphs at the top of the Citation Report page.

Thomson Reuters' video tutorial and the PowerPoint presentation below review creating a Citation Report.


Citation Reports In the Web of Science: 6 minute 08 second video from Thomson Reuters. Retreived March 26, 2014. Available at