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Support on scientific publishing

Support on scientific publishing

Support on scientific publishing

There are three major databases with indexes to find citations of a scientific paper or author: Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar.
These indexes are used as tools to assess research activity and to count the number of citations of scientific papers.


Web of Science


The Web of Science provides various options for finding citations. Once the search has been completed, information on the citations that an article has received can be found in the "Times Cited" section.


A more comprehensive search can be carried out via the "Cited Reference Search" tab, which can be used to search by cited author or paper. In addition, this option covers citations of papers that are not indexed in the Web of Science.




A Scopus search gives a list of results, including the number of citations that papers have received. Author searches give the total number of citations that an author has received for all his/her works in the Scopus database.

Google Scholar


This search engine provides data on citations of authors and their works. It searches journals, books and book chapters. The results show information on the number of citations a paper has received among the documents in its database.


In addition, we recommend a tool devised by the EC3 research group at the University of Granada.

Standard criteria for listing the authors of scientific papers. CRAI recommends the following two documents:

 Recomendaciones para la normalización de autores y para las direcciones electrónicas, This documents were written by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) and includes some minimum guidelines for standardizing the way Spanish researchers (authors' names and surnames) and the institutions in which they work are listed on science papers. This documents also includes recommendations for email addresses and webpages.


 Recomanacions per a la correcta identificació d'autors i institucions de la Universitat de Barcelona en les publicacions científiques, This document is an adaptation of the FECYT recommendations for the University of Barcelona.



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