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Research Impact

Analysing citations of an article

Scopus uses a Cited reference search to find citations of an article and analyse these citations.

Find how an article has been cited in Scopus:

  • On Scopus Document search, search by an article title and author's name 
  • On the search result, find the number of publications cited this article in the Cited by column. Click the number to find these publications.

  • You can find more information about these publications by selecting All article and Clicking Analyze search results

  • You can also exclude self citations from the list of publications that cited this article. On the left column, under Author name > select Smythe, E. and Smythe, E.A.> click Exclude


Watch this online tutorial Using Scopus article metrics, or the YouTube video How to view article metrics in Scopus.

Citation overview

Find how an article has been cited over a range of years:

  • Scopus Document Search > search for an article title
  • Find the article. Select the article > click View citation overview

  • The next screen will show a graph of citations by years.
  • You may select the checkbox Exclude self citations of all authors
  • Move your mouse to the points in the graph to see how many citations in each year

  • Also see citation numbers in a table

Field-weighted citation impact

Field-weighted citation impact is the ratio of an article's citations to the average number of citations received by all similar articles over a three-year window.

A FWCI greater than 1.00 means the article is more cited than expected according to the average.

It takes into account of the year of publication, document type and the disciplines associated with its source.

Find FWCI on the right hand site of an article record in Scopus.