Determining Who Has Cited a Work

There are usually multiple ways to find out who has cited an article or other scholarly work. One way to is to use the Cited By tool in Google Scholar.  The other is to use Cited By tools in library databases. Neither source will necessarily include perfect citation counts, as neither tracks all scholarly works that are published and there may be a lag time before new publications are included.

OneSearch


If Altmetrics data and Web of Science citation counts are available for articles, OneSearch will include this information in search results. Just look in the right-hand corner of the OneSearch result for the citation count.

Screenshot of a journal article search result in OneSearch with an "Almetrics" badge enclosed in a red square, which indicates its location in the search result. This "Altmetrics" badge has the number "48" inside the badge. There is also a cover image of the journal, Science, plus five gray icons: two interconnected links, quotation mark, envelope, a folder with a plus sign, and an ellipsis.
Screenshot of a journal article search result in OneSearch with an "Almetrics" badge enclosed in a red square, which indicates its location in the search result. This "Altmetrics" badge has the number "48" inside the badge. There is also a cover image of the journal, Science, plus five gray icons: two interconnected links, quotation mark, envelope, a folder with a plus sign, and an ellipsis.

Library Databases


A number of library databases also offer a similar service by tracking which other scholarly works have cited an item. For instance, in Web of Science, you can see how many times an article has been cited by looking at the right side of each entry. (Web of Science data is also displayed in OneSearch article results.) Other databases offer a similar service—just look for mentions of “cited by” or other similar phrases when looking at an article record to see if that database offers the service.

Screenshot of a database article search result with respective publication information. The phrase "Times Cited: 10728" is enclosed in a red rectangle to indicate its location in the search result. There is also a blue and yellow "Find It" button, a light gray rectangle with the words "Free Full Text from Publisher" in black letters inside. Also, in the light gray rectangle is a blue "open lock" icon.
Screenshot of a database article search result with respective publication information. The phrase "Times Cited: 10728" is enclosed in a red rectangle to indicate its location in the search result. There is also a blue and yellow "Find It" button, a light gray rectangle with the words "Free Full Text from Publisher" in black letters inside. Also, in the light gray rectangle is a blue "open lock" icon.

Most databases do not track all scholarly works, meaning they will likely miss some works that have cited a particular article or book. Thus, these citation counts are likely incomplete. 

Google Scholar


After conducting a search in Google Scholar, it will include the number of times each article in the results list has been cited by other people. You can click on this to go explore those works. 

Screenshot of a Google Scholar search result with a "Cited by 418" link, which is enclosed in a red rectangle to indicate its location in the search result. There are other links along the bottom of the search result: "star" icon, "quotation" marks, "Related articles," "All 11 versions," and two "arrow" symbols indicating more. "Cited by 418" indicates that this article has been cited 418 times.
Screenshot of a Google Scholar search result with a "Cited by 418" link, which is enclosed in a red rectangle to indicate its location in the search result. There are other links along the bottom of the search result: "star" icon, "quotation" marks, "Related articles," "All 11 versions," and two "arrow" symbols indicating more. "Cited by 418" indicates that this article has been cited 418 times.

Be aware that the Cited By tool can feature errors. Google Scholar uses automated algorithms that may create double counting of the same citation or include false positives.