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GEOL 1121/1122: Physical Geology & Historical Geology: Course Tools: Articles

Citation Tracking: How Scholars Operate

Citation Tracking is tracing who has cited a particular paper. As a literature search strategy, it can be useful for identifying important papers, discovering who else is doing research on a topic of interest, and finding more recent research on a topic.

Citation tracking is also critical to impact factor, a measure of an article's, or entire journal's, influence on a field of research. The more citations a paper or journal has, the higher the impact factor.

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