Business Journal Evaluation And Citation Analysis

Citation Analysis:

How to Learn who Has Cited An Author's Work

There are a number of databases that you can search in order to learn if an article has been cited by other authors. If you want to be as comprehensive as possible, search them all. Each database indexes a different array of publications. Citation analysis can be a useful exercise for discovering related research resources, and to judge the impact of a particular article. Citation analysis is done primarily for peer reviewed journal articles.


The Main Citation Tracking Databases

Do your search and select the relevant article. Click on the number in the Cited by field, or, do your search, mark the article(s), then click on the View Cited by and/or View Citations Overview tabs.

Web of Knowledge / Web of Science
Allows detailed searching for science, social science and humanities references. Select: Cited Reference Search. Find the citations to a person's work by entering the author's name, the source of the work, and/or the publication date.

Other Citation Tracking Databases
(that may include non-peer reviewed resources)

Google Scholar
Do your search. Results have a Cited By link that will take you to works that cite the work you searched.

Business Source Complete
Use the Cited References search (right-hand side banner), or, do a regular search and look for the Times Cited in this Database link in the results set.


Journal Evaluation:

How to Assess the Importance of a Journal to its Field

Journal Citation Reports
Use a measure called the Impact Factor. It provides a systematic, if controversial, way to determine the relative importance of journals within their subject categories. From 2007 onwards, Eigenfactor Metrics are also included. The Journal Citation Reports are available online from 2007 onwards. From 2002-2007, they are available in cdrom format and can be used in the Library on computer workstation M1028, which is on the first floor of the main building. From 1991-1998, they are available on microfiche in the Reference Collection (Basement, West Building) under call number: Z7401.S3652

SJR: SCImago Journal & Country Rank
Provides several measures to help assess the relative importance of a journal to its field: the SJRIndicator, the H Index, and Cites per Document (2 year period). Years of coverage include 1999 onwards and the data is taken from the Scopus database. For the years 1996 onwards, countries' scientific output can also be compared.