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Scholarly Communications for the Humanities

An introduction to Table of Contents updates, creating RSS feeds, and other strategies for keeping up to date on articles, book reviews, and other forms of scholarly communications in the humanities.

About Web of Science and AHCI

Arts & Humanities Citation Index is accessible via Web of Science, a citation index owned by Thomson Reuters that indexes over 12,000 of the highest impact journals worldwide, including Open Access journals and over 150,000 conference proceedings. Coverage begins in 1900, and includes data from more than 250 disciplines, including science, social science, arts, and the humanities.  With Web of Science, you can identify an author and generate Citation Reports, which includes times cited, citations per year, and the h-index.

There are two ways to search for yourself in Web of Science: 1) an author search or 2) a Cited Reference Search.

N.B.  Remember, although Web of Science indexes many journals, it doesn't index all of them.  This is why we recommend searching in multiple places.  However, if you know that Web of Science indexes a journal you've published in, and you're not finding that publication through an Author Search or a Cited Reference Search, you might have better luck searching for the article itself through the main "search" tab.

Author Search

The first way to find yourself in Web of Science is to begin with an Author search for your last name and initials.  Be sure to follow the format shown below for entering your name: only use your first and middle initials and do not use any punctuation (no periods or commas).  If you want to search for only your first initial, then you'll need to include as asterisk (*) (see the example in the screenshot, below).  If you've published under multiple names, finding all of your articles in Web of Science may require multiple searches.


One good way to narrow your results is by clicking on the arrow to expand "More Settings," and selecting only those databases relevant to your research.  For example, if you only publish in the humanities and social sciences, you might try deselecting the Science Citation Index.


Each citation in your results list should include the number of "Times Cited," with a number that links to all of the citations that have been found.


Clicking on this number will return the citations for all of the publications that cite your article.  You can then click on the check box next to each of the citations and export them into a citation manager like EndNote.

Cited Reference Search

The "Cited Reference Search" uses a different data set than the author search, so in some cases it may return results that don't come up in the simple author search.  Begin by selecting the "Cited Reference Search" from the drop-down bar of search options.


You'll want to format your name the same way here: last name, first and middle initial, and no punctuation.


On the results page, you'll then want to click the check boxes next to each of your articles.  Once all of your articles have been selected, click the button to generate a new results page with citations for all of the articles that cite you.  You can then export these citations into a citation manager as shown above.