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Otto Muskens Otto Muskens 19 February 2011

Increasing your h-index by reclaiming misspelled citations

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webofsci Increasing your h index by reclaiming misspelled citationsHere is a short contribution on how to correct misspelled citations in Web of Science. Citations have become the currency of science, which is used to reward scientists and scientific institutions. Small variations in citation scores can make millions of pounds difference in the financial outcomes of national Research Assessments . Therefore keeping your citation record updated is of critical importance.

ISI Web of Science has the possibility of reclaiming citations which have been misspelled in the original manuscripts. To do this, go to ‘Cited Reference Search’ and type in your name and initials in the author field. You will get a list of articles with the number of citations. Importantly, the articles which do not have a record assigned to them (i.e. the ‘View Record’ link) have not been correctly assigned to your citation record. This may be because the year, volume number, or page is incorrectly referred.

Next thing to do is select the miscited articles and click ‘Finish Search’. You should now see a list of all the articles that have miscited your work. Open a new text document and copy/paste all these items into it. Now you will have to find for each article the IDS-number, which is shown when you click on the title. It will also be useful to find which reference number in the article actually cites your work.

After this is completed, you can start sending corrections to Thomson/ISI by clicking on the ‘Feedback’ link at the bottom of the page. Click ‘report a data/citation correction’ link. Annoyingly, now a form appears which has to be filled out partly. A guaranteed method is to work your way through the list by sending a request for every paper that has miscited your work; however it may be possible to send a form for each of your articles and then copy in the ‘Change requested’ field all the papers that miscite your article. Once you are done with this it should take up to two weeks for Web of Science to be updated. Note that you are only allowed to send 8 changes per day.

In addition to searching the miscitations for your own work, you may also want to search for the names of all first authors that have appeared on papers where you were not a leading author. In addition, it may be worthwile to search for variation of your name and initials.

Note that correcting miscitations is not tweaking, but merely reclaiming your credits. If you don’t want to go through the effort of correcting each and every one of them, it may be worth looking for those papers that are on the edge of being counted in your h-index, or those that contribute to your institutes research assessment score.

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  1. Unregistered

    19 Feb 2011 18:44, Nevada Analytical Services Blog Site 775.284.3970 | Blog | Five picks from the science news

    [...] Fix your H, increase citations and get more grant money – Citations have become the currency of science, which is used to reward scientists and scientific institutions. Small variations in citation scores can make millions of pounds difference in the financial outcomes of national Research Assessments . Therefore keeping your citation record updated is of critical importance. [...]

  2. Klaas Wynne

    21 Feb 2011 14:33, Klaas Wynne

    Thanks Otto, that’s very helpful. Not sure if my h-index will go up but I did find a few mis-citations.

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    23 Feb 2011 16:36, Jadranka Stojanovski

    I was sure missing “view record” is when the journal (paper) is not included in Web of Science (indexed), not necessarily miscited ;)…

  4. Otto Muskens

    23 Feb 2011 18:17, Otto Muskens

    @Jadranka, I am not an expert on Web of Science, but I understand that “view record” can be missing for various reasons. For example references to journals / book chapters which are not indexed, or papers which are cited as “to be published” etc. These cannot be changed of course.
    @Klaas, I found 44 mis-citations for my own record over a ~10-year period of which at most 15 for one paper, so it can be worth the trouble.

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    24 Feb 2011 17:19, Jadranka Stojanovski

    @Otto, you are right. I just wanted to point out not all missing “View record” are due to miscitations, but other reasons too.
    Anyhow is good to hear Thomson is correcting errors in two weeks, last time I waited much, much longer for some corrections in address fields…

  6. Unregistered

    30 Jun 2011 14:06, Anaísa

    ISI Web of Science is an efficient contribution to the work. Saves time and ensures a good job!

  7. Unregistered

    22 Aug 2011 20:27, Simone Tocco

    Hello, I wanted to tell you about an plugin to calculate the h-index using Firefox with Google Scholar: H index

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    8 Nov 2011 3:40, Olly

    Nice to hear ISI Web of Science has this function . I hope other indexes catch are as vigilant.

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