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Using the Web of Science: Bibliometric tools

Searching, quantitatively analysing and keeping up to date using the Web of Science multidisciplinary and international bibliographic database.

Accessing the WOS bibliometric tools

For each reference that is accessible from the result page, you can access:

  • The number of articles citing the reference

  • The number of articles cited by the authors

For the entire set of results returned for a query, you can access:

The icon for displaying the citation report. It is available on the result page near the Marked List.

It can be used to display the number of citations, the number of citations excluding self-citations, the number of citing articles, the number of citing articles excluding self-citations, the average number of citations per reference and the h-index:

A table lists the references. For each reference, the number of citations per annum since publication is given, as well as the average number of citations.

Finding the journal’s impact factor from a reference

If your organisation has a subscription to the Journal Citation Reports, also published by Thomson Reuters, the JCR and WOS will automatically be linked.

If an article’s reference is opened in WOS, the link View the journal's impact factor goes to a graph illustrating how the impact factor of the journal in which the article was published has changed over the past 5 years.

Calculating your h-index using WOS

  • Enter your own name in the Author field and run a search. E.g.: Dupont V.

  • If there are too many results,

    Run a new Search and in the Address field specify the cities where the relevant articles were published: Brest or Plouzane or Rennes 
    OR refine the results using the
    Refine Results option (Publication YearsOrganizations, etc.).
    OR search for individual references by entering words from the title in the
    Title field and place them in the Marked List where the Create Citation Report feature is available.

  • Go to where the h-index is displayed:

  • You can delete the references that aren’t yours:


If you are a PhD. student, having a low h-index is quite normal since you haven’t published a lot yet! 
For the purpose of comparing the output of researchers at the start of their career and experienced peers, researchers are sometimes asked for their

n-index = h-index / number of years since an author’s initial publication in WOS

Calculating an adjusted h-index

References are not always properly cited by authors. People can make mistakes with regard to the volume number, page, etc. Cited references containing such mistakes will not be acknowledged by WOS and will not be taken into account for calculating the number of citations received.

In order to locate all the publications that haven’t been properly cited you must go to , and run a search on the author’s name, or on words in a publication’s title if you decide to look for mistakes publication-by-publication..

If you are running a search on an article, the system will indicate the reference saved in WOS with a View Record link. No link will be provided for the other references.

You can then add the citations that hadn’t been taken into account to the citations already found by WOS. For example:

Here, 15 citations have been found for the article in Botanica Marina of 1985, vol. 28, no. 7, p. 317.
You must add the 2 citations in which the authors indicated vol. 38 as well as the citation in which the author indicated vol. 18, as all are referring to the same article. Overall, the article has received 18 citations, not 15.
The same will apply for every article.

You can then calculate the new h-index by sorting references by descending order of the number of citations. The h-index corresponds to the n-th rank for which the n-th reference has at least n citations.

The Cited Reference Search also makes it possible to find the number of citations for documents that haven’t been indexed in WOS (reports, theses, some journal articles, etc.).