The iCite: Citations module is a powerful web application that provides summary citation information and link-level data for journal publications within a defined analysis group (where an analysis group can consist of a single article or a very large group of articles). The data produced by iCite: Citations can be downloaded as a customized report from the dashboard and could be used to understand the citation dynamics of articles within an analysis group. An example application for iCite might be to compare how the citation counts of a portfolio of articles.
The following data are produced using iCite: Citations:
Link-level citation data in iCite: Citations is public domain information; these citation links can be reused without restriction, for academic, non-commercial, or commercial purposes.
Once the data have been processed, two summaries appear on screen: a table with summary data, and graphs with a year-by-year breakdown.
Metrics describing the set of selected papers that were uploaded are displayed in this table. The metrics given in the table are Total Pubs, Pubs/Year, Total Citations, and Citations/Pub. Total Pubs, Pubs/Year and Total Citations are given as single values, but for Cites/Pub, the maximum, mean, Standard Error of the Mean (SEM), and median are all shown. Users can click on the column labels to see detailed descriptions of how these metrics are calculated. These are summary statistics for the whole group, but yearly breakdowns are shown for Total Pubs, Total Citations (by publciation year of the articles in the analysis group), Total Citations (by publication year of the articles citing those in the analysis group), and Citations/Pub/Year in the graphs below.
Below are the descriptions that are shown when users click on the column labels:
These histograms show:
There are some options for selecting and deselecting subsets of the data based on publication year or type.
The year field has dropdown menu filters, which can be used to select a specified year range. Filters set in this way can be cleared by clicking the "Clear filters" button.
In the article-level table, there are further customization options. You can see the title, authors, journal, total citation and total reference of each paper:
Users can select and deselect individual papers with the checkbox on the left (for example, deselecting a person's middle-author papers). In addition, whole years can be selected or deselected. Selecting all or deselecting all, by clicking the check box next to the "PMID" column header, can be used to reset the individual selections. Note that other filters that have been set will remain in place. Columns are sortable, which is done by clicking the columns header. Clicking on "Year" will sort by publication year, for example, and clicking on RCR will sort by RCR.
Columns are sortable, which is done by clicking the columns header. Clicking on "Year" will sort by publication year, for example, and clicking on Total Cit. will sort by total citations.
Citation and Reference counts in the "Total Cit." and "Total Ref." columns are interactive. To view the citing and referenced articles for a paper, click the number in that column, and a new window with their PubMed records will be opened.
Users can navigate the citation network by clicking the "Citing Papers" and "Referenced Papers" buttons. Clicking "Citing Papers" will open a new iCite page to view the papers that cited the ones in this analysis group, while clicking "Referenced Papers" will open a new iCite page to view the papers that were referenced by those in the analysis group.