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Course Research Impacts: Finding citing articles

Finding citing articles

Scopus offers access to the reference lists of articles in this database since 1996 and is in progress of updating pre-1996 cited references going back to 1970. This makes it possible to search for citations: which article cites a known article or book?

  • Of documents indexed in Scopus
  • Of documents not indexed in Scopus
  • Creating a citation alert

Finding citing articles of documents indexed in Scopus

In the list of search results the number of citations a document received within Scopus is shown in the last column. This number is a link to the citing documents.

Scopus  search results with cited byWhen you are viewing the document in Scopus, you can use the box Cited by at the right side of the screen to see the times cited and to link to the citing documents.

Scopus cited by on document details page

Finding citing articles of documents not indexed in Scopus

It’s also possible to find citations in Scopus to documents that are themselves not indexed in Scopus, for example articles published before 1970 or books. Scopus uses the reference lists of the documents ín Scopus to find these citations.

For example: the report “Generations Online in 2009”, written by Sydney Jones and Susannah Fox, published by Pew Internet & American Life Project in 2009.

A search in Scopus gives no exact result, but when you click the link View secondary documents, you’ll find the documents found in the reference lists of documents in Scopus. From there you can find the citing documents.

Scopus secondary documents

Please note: Scopus doesn’t correct mistakes made in reference lists. If an author uses the wrong startpage of the article in his article, this can be treated as a different cited reference by Scopus. So, even when the articles is indexed in Scopus it can be useful to have a look at the Secondary documents as well.

Creating a citation alert

You can receive a notification when a document is cited within Scopus: click the title of the document and use the link Set Alert in the box Cited by. To receive the information by e-mail, you need a Scopus account. If you prefer RSS feeds, you can use the link RSS feed (for this no Scopus account is needed, but you need a RSS reader, like Outlook).

Scopus Citation Alert