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Medicine: Keeping Up To Date: Citation tracking

Citation Tracking

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Citation tracking

Some databases such as Scopus and Web of Science allow you to track citations.


  • Go to Scopus (link opens in new window) (log in with Raven if you're not using a University computer)
  • Type in the title of the article you're interested in, then search
  • You can see the number of articles a paper has been by on the right of the screen under "Cited by"
  • Click on this number to view the articles
  • Alternatively, click the title of the article to have the option to set up an alert by clicking on "Set citation alert". (You will need to create a login to set up an alert even though you've already logged in with Raven.)
  • You can manage your alerts (edit or delete them) using the Alerts button on the top menu
  • Go to Web of Science (link opens in new window) (log in with Raven if you're not using a University networked computer)
  • Click the "Access Web of Science HERE" link in the centre of the screen
  • Type in the details of the paper you're interested in and search
  • Alternatively, click the "cited reference search" and use this interface to find the paper in question
  • You can see the "Times Cited" number on the right of the screen. Click on the title
  • On the right you have the option to see all the citing articles, and also the chance to "Create Citation Alert"
  • You'll need to log in to set up a citation alert, even though you've already logged in with Raven
  • A saved confirmation is shown to confirm that your alert is set up
  • When you want to stop the alerts, go to "My Tools" on the main search page and select "Saved Searches & Alerts". Select the search and click "Delete"

Citation tracking in Google Scholar

  • Go to Google Scholar (link opens in new window) and search for the name of the paper you are interested in
  • Click on the number of times the paper has been cited, then click on "create alert"
  • Select the options that suit you best. It helps to have a Google account associated with the email you are having the alerts delivered to, since this is where you manage alerts

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