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Investigating Journal Prominence & Options

Who's Citing Me?

There is no one-stop shopping when compiling a list of citations to your works because all resources use different criteria and collections of journals to search.

One easy way to do this is in Business Source Complete, which can track citations to a particular article (rather than all the citations to your body of work.) Log in and call up your article. If it is at least a few years old, you may see a list of articles contained within Business Source Complete which cited it. Please note, the "Cited References" are the articles from the bibliography. "Times Cited in the Database" is other articles which have referenced your article. This method tends to underestimate the number of times cited, because Business Source Complete may not have access to the full-text of all the articles it indexes, and thus can't compile a complete list of citations. 

You can also search for your article in Google Scholar, which will almost always list a much higher number of references. This is because Google Scholar scoops up citations from things like conference papers, book chapters, white papers, powerpoint presentations, or other things not counted by traditional journal citation indexes.

Web of Science. Don't be fooled by the name...Rollins subscribes to the Social Science component, so Business journals are included. This is probably the most highly respected means of gathering citations, but it has its limitations due to the highly selective nature of the journals it indexes. This is especially true in the Social Sciences. Here is a six minute tutorial on how to use it (it is not intuitive):

Predatory Publishing

Predatory publishers:

  • Take advantage of scholars who want to publish in open access journals
  • Exist only to charge the article processing fee required by some Open Access journals
  • Often invite scholars to publish, but make no initial mention of an author fee

A number of open access journals require a fee, and this is not automatically a sign of a predatory publisher. Here are a few tools to help you assess a journal's quality. You can also contact your librarian if you are in doubt.