Category Archives: citation databases

Thing 21 – Managing citations

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Welcome to Week 8! We’re almost at the end of the programme and this week’s theme is Pulling It All Together.

For Thing 21, we will be looking at managing both your own citations for your research as well as other people’s citations of your own work. First up, we’re looking at managing all those citations of useful resources with one handy tool: Zotero.

Check out our video on Zotero to find out why using a bibliographic management tool can save you time, stress, and a whole lot of effort.

Video transcript

But what about managing citations of your own work and making sure you get credited appropriately? Well registering for an ORCID is an excellent first step. ORCID (or Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is an alphanumeric code that is unique to you so you don’t have to worry about someone with a similar name to you…

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InCites Journal Citation Reports and InCites Essential Science Indicators

This is where to find robust citation data.


Further to our post in November 2015, it is now possible to link to the new InCitesTM versions of Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators direct from the Web of Science platform.  (Until May 2 this week, this was not possible due to a misconfiguration at Thomson Reuters.)

The links in the eresources@cambridge A-Z and in the LibGuides Databases A-Z have been updated.

Collectively Journal Citation Reports and Essential Science Indicators comprise Journal and Highly Cited Data, offering a much greater ease of use and flexibility for analysing and presenting citation data to support research (and ultimately to support the REF 2020).

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ScienceDirect to cease support of Internet Explorer 8 on January 1, 2016

This might affect you.


From January 1, 2016 ScienceDirect will discontinue supporting IE8.

ScienceDirect advises that where possible, you move to a current version of IE,  Firefox, Chrome for the optimum user experience.

Please note that, until January 1, 2016, ScienceDirect will continue to support Internet Explorer 8.

More on the reasons for this from ScienceDirect

We are following Microsoft’s directive to focus our support on newer, officially-supported IE browser versions. Microsoft announced in 2014 that, as of January 2016, it would only support the most recent IE browser version with technical support and security updates. We strongly encourage our customers to follow Microsoft’s directive as well by updating to more recent versions of IE. Additionally, users can move to the latest versions of the Chrome or Firefox browsers for an optimal ScienceDirect experience.

By removing IE8 from our support list, we will be able to provide the following future enhancements:


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Emerging Sources Citation Index – Web of Science

This may be of interest to you as part of your search strategy on citation databases.


There is a new index in the Web of Science Core Collection:  Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI).  The index expands the citation universe and reflects the growing global body of science and scholarly activity.

“ESCI complements the highly selective indexes by providing earlier visibility for sources under evaluation as part of SCIE, SSCI, and AHCI’s rigorous journal selection process. Inclusion in ESCI provides greater discoverability which leads to measurable citations and more transparency in the selection process.”

Emerging Sources Citation Index can be searched by selecting the Core Collection on the Web of Science platform and clicking on “More Settings”.  Tick the Emerging Sources Citation Index box.

ESCI is starting with 1,500 titles and aims to reach 5,000 within 2 years.  40% are in the sciences, 40% in the social sciences, 20% in the humanities.  46% are Open Access titles.  By positioning ESCI in the Core Collection, users are…

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ORCID Launches Crossref and DataCIte Auto-Update

Why not sign up for your free ORCID identifier today? For more info on ORCID and to get your ID visit


ORCID, the non-profit organization that is working to address the name ambiguity problem in scholarly communications by providing a registry of persistent identifiers for researchers, today announced the launch of Auto-Update functionality, in collaboration with Crossref and DataCite.

Now, ORCID registrants who use their unique ORCID identifier (iD) when submitting a manuscript or dataset can opt to have their ORCID record automatically updated when their work is made public.

In addition, other systems that have integrated the ORCID APIs and connected a researcher’s ORCID record — their faculty profile system, library repository, webpage, funder reporting system — can also choose to receive alerts from ORCID, allowing research information to move easily and unambiguously across multiple systems.

Crossref and DataCite, both non-profit organizations, are leaders in registering DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers – a unique alphanumeric string assigned to a digital object) for research publications and datasets. Each DOI is…

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Access to Journal and Highly Cited Data from November 2015

Use these databases to see who has cited your work.


Advance notice from MIMAS of forthcoming availability of Journal and Highly Cited Data:

Information Update:  Access to Journal and Highly Cited Data from November 2015

Thomson Reuters is delighted to introduce Journal and Highly Cited Data (JHCD) which comprises the NextGen Journal Citation Report (JCR) and NextGen Essential Science Indicators (ESI).

Effective from 31 December 2015 JCR and ESI will no longer exist independently and will cease to exist in their current format. The data from both JCR and ESI will be integrated and together will be available on the new InCites platform, which is fully integrated with Web of Science.

In order to ensure a smooth transition to the new platform, access for the new JHCD will be made available to all JCR subscribers from mid November.  This will enable users to become familiar with the new environment before JCR and ESI are switched off at the…

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Reaxys – new ‘@cam find full text’ buttons

Now you can link directly to the full text of journal articles (if subscribed to by the University) from within Reaxys while on the University network, by using the new ‘@cam find full text’ buttons that have been added to the database.

(Click on the screenshots below to enlarge them).

How does it work?

These buttons act as link resolvers, directing you (by way of the DOI for an article) directly to the article. This functionality is also available when using Google Scholar and other e-resources from within the University network.

This means that when you have performed a search on Reaxys and wish to download an article that you have found a reference to, as shown in the following screenshot, you should see the ‘@cam find full text button’ by each citation:


Click on the button and you will be taken to a record for the article on the ejournals@cambridge website:


Here, you will see the exact details of full-text coverage available for the journal that the article is published in. If the University subscribes to content that covers the date your article was published you will see the orange ‘Article’ button. Click on this and you will be taken directly to the article and you should be able to download the full text.

What if the University doesn’t subscribe?

When you click on the ‘@cam find full text’ button from within Reaxys you may be directed to a record on ejournals@cambridge that tells you that the full-text of an article is not available (because the University does not subscribe):


You can see that there is a ‘By Title’ link (Step 1) to the library catalogue, LibrarySearch, which will search for the print version of the journal in Cambridge. You will usually have to visit the holding library in person but in many cases we do have arrangements with libraries whereby they will scan articles for us for free if we request it – please ask us. Otherwise, you can ask us to request a copy of the article via the British Library’s Document Supply Service, please see our website for more information. The University Library does offer the same service and cheaper (you will find details on this by clicking on the ‘Inter-library Loans’ link as shown in the above screenshot) but they will not be able to charge it back to your Grant/Ledger code for you, as we can).

How does this work if I’m away from the University network?

Off-campus access to Reaxys is best achieved by going to the Chemistry Library website at and clicking on the link to Reaxys on the left-hand side menu (under the ‘Resources’ section). At this point you should be prompted to enter your Raven login and password. When you have clicked on the ‘@cam find full text’ button next to a citation and then click on the orange ‘Article’ button (if the University subscribes) you should be able to go directly to the article without having to enter your Raven credentials again.

What if the ‘@cam find full text’ button doesn’t work properly?

This is very new functionality – if you find any anomalies or the button doesn’t appear to be working properly please do report it to the ejournals@cambridge helpdesk at, including the full details of the article you are trying to access.