Scholarship Tracking Sites

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The Goodson Law Library can offer guidance on locating citations to your publications, as well as the creation of individual author profiles in databases that provide citation metrics. This page describes some of the top sources for citation data in legal scholarship.

Google Scholar Citations
  • Strengths: Citation tracking and author metrics
  • Content: Documents, books, court opinions, & other online sources indexed by Google
  • Profile: Manually created (documentation available from library)
  • About: "Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name."
HeinOnline Author Portal
  • Strengths: Citation tracking and author metrics
  • Content: Law review articles & court opinions within HeinOnline
  • Profile: Automatically generated; authors can manually "enhance" profiles with online form (documentation available from library)
  • About: "Automatically displays a list of an author's articles and ScholarRank statistics and can be enhanced to include a photo, biographical information, and links to the author’s website and social media accounts. Use email alerts to be notified when an author’s articles are added, or when the author is cited by new articles added to the database."
  • Strengths: Graph of citation trends over time
  • Content: Interdisciplinary journals and books indexed in Scopus platform
  • Profile: Automatically generated; authors may request corrections
  • About: "Scopus indexes content that is rigorously vetted and selected by an independent review board of experts in their fields. Using sophisticated tools and analytics, Scopus generates precise citation results, detailed researcher profiles, and insights."
Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN)
  • Strengths: Download counts and metrics; distribution in topical eJournals
  • Content: Working, accepted, and published papers uploaded into SSRN
  • Profile: Automatically generated
  • About: "Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences. We now have hundreds of journals, publishers, and institutions in Partners in Publishing that provide working papers for distribution through SSRN's eLibrary and abstracts for publication in SSRN's electronic journals."
Web of Science
  • Strengths: Citation tracking
  • Content: Web of Science database publications
  • Profile: Automatically generated (in beta); can manually "claim" in order to enhance, or search manually for author name to view statistics
  • About: "Web of Science is an online subscription-based scientific citation indexing service maintained by Thomson Reuters that provides a comprehensive citation search."
Lexis: Shepard's® Citation Services
  • Strengths: Citation alerts
  • Content: Lexis legal materials, including secondary sources and primary law
  • Profile: No author profiles; citing references are provided at individual article level
  • About: "Keeping pace with legal authority requires proven resources you can trust. For generations, attorneys have relied on the Shepard’s® Citations Service for the clearest, most comprehensive picture of how courts have treated cases and statutes. "
Westlaw KeyCite
Strengths: Citation alerts
  • Citation Sources: Westlaw legal materials, including secondary sources and primary law
  • Profile: No author profiles; citing references are provided at individual article level
  • About: "KeyCite®, the industry’s most complete, accurate, and up-to-the-minute citation service. You can use it to instantly verify whether a case, statute, regulation, or administrative decision is still good law, and to find citing references to support your legal argument."