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How do I find Times Cited of 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.

NOTE: 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

Cited Reference Searching

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

    Click on Cited Reference Search:
  • 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
  • Under the citation information, click the link for View Journal Impact
  • A window will appear with the Journal Citation Reports information
  • Return to the Web of Science window to continue searching
  • To learn more about impact factor and journal ranking, see this guide

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

How Do I find Journal Impact Factor, Category and Rank

  1. To find Impact Factors, on the Library's Home page, click on the Journal Citations Report link under Top Resources.

  2. In InCites Journal Citation Reports, use the "Go to Journal Profile" search option to enter your journal title or abbreviation and click on the search button.
  3. You will be taken to the Journal Profile for that journal:

  4. Scroll down to the Key Indicators table. The Journal Impact Factor will be displayed, with the most recent year available at the top of the column:

  5. To get to the journal ranking, scroll down below this table and click on Rank from the lower left menu.
  6. A table called JCR Impact Factor will appear, with the Rank for each Category the journal is in (see below).
    IMPORTANT: you may have to scroll right to see all the categories. 


For additional information about Journal Ranks in Web of Science, Ask a Librarian here or at

How do I obtain citations, times cited, Impact Factor, and journal categories and rank


Use Health Sciences Library services and databases to retrieve necessary information for your Papers Published or In Press section of your CV for School of Medicine Promotion and Tenure. See the following for instructions on how to obtain Times Cited, Impact Factor, Category, and Rank data for each article.


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, email or request a consultation.


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