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How to Use Metrics in Promotion and Grants - a self-help guide: International reach

Who reads your work

Use citation databases, like Scopus and Web of Science, to view qualitative measures of your research - for example, who is citing your research and which country and institutions they are from.

Example statements:

"My publications in Scopus have been cited internationally, including researchers in United States, China and United Kingdom from institutions such as Michigan State University and Lincoln University." (Source: Scopus, 1 November 2021)

"The study has been cited by researchers in 15 countries including five papers by Chinese researchers." (Source: Scopus, 1 November 2021)

Find International Reach in Scopus

For a researcher:

  • Go to Scopus.
  • Select Author search and search for the name of the researcher. Include institution to limit search results.
  • Select the tick box for the researcher and Show Documents link in the search results to view the author's publications in Scopus.
  • Select the 'All' box, and then View cited by to see all the citing articles.

  • In the filters on the left-hand side, select the author's name and select Exclude to remove them as a citing author.
  • Select Analyze search results to see who is citing the author's work - e.g., by author, affiliation, country, subject area and source.

For a single publication:

  • Go to Scopus.
  • Search for paper.
  • In the search results list, select the tick box of the paper and click on View cited by to see all the citing articles.
  • In the filter on the left-hand side, select the author's name and select Exclude to remove them as a citing author.
  • Select Analyze search results to see who is citing the paper - e.g., by author, affiliation, country, subject area and source.

Find International Reach in Web of Science

For a researcher:

  • Go to Web of Science.
  • Search for the researcher by entering the Researchers tab and searching by Name Search or Author Identifiers.
  • Select researcher name from results list.
  • Select View citation report.

  • Under Citing Articles (without self-citations) select Analyze
  • Then select Countries/Regions from the Web of Science Categories drop down menu.

For single publications:

  • Go to Web of Science.
  • Search for the paper in the Documents tab.
  • Select XX Citations from the right hand side menu.

  • Select Citation Report 
  • Under Citing Articles (without self-citations) select Analyze
  • Then select Countries/Regions from the Web of Science Categories drop down menu.

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