Citation counts measure the impact of a publication or author by counting the number of times either is cited by other works. Although this sounds simple, it is complicated by the fact that there is no single citation analysis source that covers all publications and their cited references. Additionally, some disciplines and publications are covered in much more depth than others.This section introduces the sources available to the NMSU community for performing citation analysis.
Apart from use in evaluating a researcher or research group's impact, citation searching and analysis may be used to determine who has influenced areas of research (who are the "major players"), what are the emerging areas of research, and who might be potential collaborators.
To Note: Web of Science has an alerting system that you may set up to notify you whenever one of your research outputs that is indexed in WoS gets cited. See the Tutorials page of this guide for instruction in setting up an alert.
The following factors may provide additional evidence of research impact and/or research capacity. These measures may be relevant for competitive grant applications and academic promotions.