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How Many Times is an Article Cited?: ScienceDirect

Steps for Finding 'Times Cited' in ScienceDirect

To find out how many times an article has been cited when using the ScienceDirect database, follow these steps: 

Step 1) 

Enter the information about the article [or your topic - in this example I am searching for articles on "bone density"] into the Advanced Search search bar (see Screenshots for Step 1). Be sure to put the title or search term between quotation marks so that the words will be searched for as a phrase!

If you know the name of the Author, input their name under the section labeled 'Author(s)'. Do the same if you know the Title, Journal, Year, and so on.

Next, be sure to choose the correct Article Type(s). Since I am specifically looking for a 'Research Article', I have checked that box. You can choose multiple Article Types depending on your research needs and to further filter your results.


Step 2) 

Once your search results page loads, scroll down the page until you see Access Type and choose the Open Access* option for more recent articles, and/or Open Archive** to limit your results to article where the Full Text is available.

Step 3) 

Once you click on the article of your choosing, scroll down a bit on the page and on the right-hand side you will see a section called Citing Articles. Click on the arrow to expand this section, and the article(s) which cite the one you have chosen will be listed and their Full Text PDF linked!

You can also explore the Article Metrics powered by PlumX or view the recommended articles which may provide more resource leads for your research.

References for the article refers to how many articles a particular article cites [i.e., how many entries are on their own article's reference list].

* An Open Access resource is an article which is published with the Author's choosing/consent to be available free of charge (Open Access).

** An Open Archive resource is an article which has been deemed as available free of charge (Open Access) by the Publishing Company after it's initial publication.

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