Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How are the number of citations for each article determined for display in the Scholarly Publications Repository?
The number of citations for each article that is shown in the Scholarly Publications Repository (SPR) is derived from the Web of Science Times Cited database.
While the Web of Science database counts citations from all years (from 1900 to the present) and all five citation indexes in Web of Science, it is possible that the list of citing articles will be limited by the particular indexes included in the NCSU Libraries' subscription. In other words, the list of articles that cite a publication ("citing articles") in our subscription to Web of Science may not include the full scope of possible citing articles from the full Web of Science set of products.
The number of times an article has been cited in the published literature is measured by several major databases including: Web of Science, Google Scholar, SciFinder Scholar, PsycINFO, Citeseer.
Each of those databases only counts citations for the journals that it indexes. When looking up the number of times an article has been cited, it is important to understand that the citation counts can be different depending on which database is used. It is best to look up citation counts in several different databases (e.g., look up the number of citations to an article using Google Scholar and Web of Science) to gauge the possible range of citations counts for a particular article.
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