Skip to Main Content

Research impact evidence

Guide to finding research impact evidence that may be used in research impact statements

Citation network

Analyse the publications citing your research to find:

  • Who is citing your publications?
  • Why are they citing your publications?
  • Where are they from?
  • What areas do they work in?

Publications citing your work (via Web of Science)

For a single paper or a group of papers you've authored, you can use the Analyze Results tool on the citing articles to reveal interesting data points about your impact (i.e., whose work did you impact, what is the impact of your work in other disciplines, what is the geographical distribution of your impact, etc?).

Watch Using Web of Science to find your publication and citing information (YouTube, 3m23s) or follow these step-by-step instructions.

Go to the citing articles of a single paper

From the full record view of any paper you've authored in the Web of Science, you can click on the Times Cited count to view the citing articles.

Then use the Analyze Results tool to explore data points that are interesting to you. For example, you could examine the subject categories of the articles that cited your work. You can use either Research Areas or Web of Science Categories for this kind of analysis. Choosing Research Areas provides fewer, less granular subject categories to work with than opting for Web of Science Categories.

Go to the citing articles of a group of papers

For a group of papers that you've authored, you can view the citing articles for the whole group by using the Citation Report feature.


1. Search Web of Science by your ResearcherID or ORCID unique identifier.

Note: If you have not yet set up a ResearcherID or ORCID account and added all of your publications to your profile, please see Build your profile

2. You'll find the Citation Report tool available for any result set of 10,000 or fewer records.

Create Citation Report button

3. Run Citation Report on all of your publications. This report will show you the total number of citing articles for all of your publications: you'll see a Citing Articles count and a Citing Articles without self-citations count, which is the number of citing articles minus any articles that are appearing in the set of publications you are examining (in other words, for the scenario described here, this count would show you only citing articles that you have not authored).

Citing articles analysis

4. Click on the citing article count to go to the citing articles. Click the Analyze tool next to the Citing Articles count, to analyze where your citations originated (which authors, organizations, countries, subject categories, etc. cite you).

Publications citing your work (via Scopus)

Watch Using Scopus to find who is citing your publications (YouTube, 2m34s) or follow these step-by-step instructions. 

  1. Go to Scopus
  2. Click on Authors, enter the author details (you don't need an affiliation) and click Search
  3. Click the link to citing documents

Scopus author profile screenshot


  1. Click View all in search results format 

  1. Select all and Analyze search results


Here you can select:

  • Documents by author (who is citing your work)
  • Documents by affiliation (which organisation they are from)
  • Documents by country/territory (where they are from)
  • Documents by subject area (this shows if there is uptake in areas beyond your immediate discipline)