How to track and improve the reception and success of your Open Access paper.

Today, all papers in Meteorologische Zeitschrift (MetZet) are published as Open Access publications1, i.e., they may be distributed widely and without restriction2. You may, for example, make your paper available on your home page and additionally deposit it in repositories of your choice. This should considerably boost the number of citations of your paper.

Do you know how often (and by whom) your paper has been cited already? Does your institution request information about the impact of the journal you published in?
There are ways to find the number of citations to your paper and the impact of MetZet. We subsequently show you where to find this information on the internet3,4,5.

Section 1 describes a service which helps to identify authors uniquely. Sections 2 to 4 introduce three different systems which maintain and publish citation statistics. Section 5


At ORCID you will be assigned a unique identifier. Furthermore, you are enabled to create and manage a list of your publications. ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) does not provide any citation data. The lists of your publications (or parts of it, it’s your choice) are freely accessible to other researchers and provide a way to make your papers known to the world. Meanwhile, several journals request your ORCID ID during the submission process. This is a free offer.

2 Clarivate Web of ScienceTM (WOS, ISI Web of KnowledgeSM)

At WOS, you may search for your papers and those of any other author and create citation reports for them showing the development of citations to it since the year of publication. Your Hirsch factor (h index) is indicated as well. You may store the results as spreadsheets on your own computer. WOS also provides links to the publications citing your papers. You will need credentials to access WOS. These may either be available from your institution; alternatively you may have to order them from Thomson Reuters. The WOS is now run by Clarivate Analytics (

2.1 Clarivate Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports® (JCR) are part of the Web of Knowledge (see above). They are accessed via the above link to WOS. JCR allow analysing the impact of scholarly journals as a whole. No search for single articles is offered. For instance, the well-known 2-year impact factors for MetZet are available there back to 1999, 5-year impact factors back to 2007. The 5-year impact factor is more appropriate for meteorological journals.

Upon registration to ResearcherId you will be assigned a unique identifier which enables you to manage a list of your own publications and to view the number of citations of your papers and simple citation metrics including the Hirsch factor (computed from the data stored in WOS). You may also make your publication lists (or parts of it) freely available to other researchers. Managing your publication lists is easy if you have access to the Web of Science (see above), but is also possible without this access (you then have to upload a RIS formatted text file. The RIS file format is a tagged format for expressing bibliographic citations which can usually be produced with some reference software.). This is a free offer.

3 Scopus (Elsevier BV)

Scopus allows searching your papers (and those of any other author) in order to create citation reports and citation metrics - including the Hirsch factor - for them. A unique author ID is given to you by Scopus. You may download the results as a spreadsheet. Scopus furthermore provides links to the publications which reference your papers. You will need login credentials to access Scopus. These may be supplied by your institution; alternatively you will have to order them from Elsevier BV.

3.1 Scopus Preview (Elsevier BV)

At Scopus Preview you may search for your name or those of other authors. You may view the number of citations to your papers and some simple citation metrics including the Hirsch factor. You may not manage your publication list yourself (but you may request to merge your lists in case Scopus has generated more than one list of your papers and different author IDs). Scopus Preview is a free offer and provides a very limited part of the information available in Scopus (see above). Only the top 20 entries of the list of publications is presented together with a few working links in blue. You must log in to Scopus in order to follow the other links printed in grey colour.

3.2 CiteScore

Scopus has created CiteScore ( which is essentially a three-year impact factor, calculated in the same way as the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports (see 2.1 above) do. CiteScore is based on data collected by Scopus and updated monthly. This is a free offer.

3.3 SCImago Journal and Country Ranking (SCImago Lab)

SCImageo Journal and Country Ranking ( offers journal and country rankings for any year back to 1999. The journal rankings are partly comparable to Thomson Reuters JCR (see above) but offer some additional information such as cites per article for a three-year and a four-year period. Search for specific journals such as Metzet is possible and offers a history of the development of the metrics from 1999 on. No search for single articles is offered. This is a free offer, based on data in Scopus (see above).

3.4 CWTS Journal Indicators (Leiden University)

CWTS Journal Indicators provides journal rankings comparable to those of Thomson Reuters JCR (see 2.1) back to 1999. The information listed here is different from JCR but similar to a subset of the information available at SCImago (see 3.3). The CWTS indicator IPP seems to be identical to the CiteScore (see Section 3.2) in its definition but nubmers are slightly different. Values for Meteorologische Zeitschrift are found at CWTS Journal Indicators is a free offer based on data in Scopus (see above).

4 Google Scholar

Google Scholar allows searching for your papers and papers of other authors. It displays the number of citations to a paper and provides information (including links) on the papers citing it. Google Scholar defines a citation much broader than the ISI Web of Knowledge and Scopus by considering references in books and web pages. This leads to higher citation rates. If you register for a Google account and log in while you are searching you may click to “My citations” in the top line of the screen. This displays a list of your papers and the Google citation count (see above) and some simple citation metrics including the Hirsch factor. This is a free offer.

4.1 Publish or Perish (Tarma Software Research Limited)

Publish or Perish (PoP, is free desktop software which may be downloaded and installed on your computer. The software analyses the citation data available from Google Scholar and produces citation lists and statistics including the Hirsch factor. PoP provides several types of searches for author names or journals and produces lists where clicks to single items are possible. You may store the results as spreadsheets to your own computer.

5 Scientific networks

There are several scientific networks where you can post your work and discuss them with other colleagues. The basic offers of these networks are freely available, although you have to be aware of a few more e-mails in your mailbox. Some of the networks offer additional “premium contents” for payment.

5.1 Mendeley

Mendeley ( is an intermediate offer between a social network and a publication database. You may open a free account. Mendeley then finds your papers listed at Scopus and displays the total number of citations to your papers and your h-factor from Scopus data plus additional statistics from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect and Mendeley. Especially, you are informed which and how many other Mendeley users have read your papers.

5.2 ResearchGate

A similar social publication platform is “ResearchGate” ( You can create and keep a publication list on this platform. pdfs of Open Access papers (such as all papers in MetZet since 2014) can be uploaded to this platform and are then immediately available to other scientists all over the world. ResearchGate offers weekly statistics on who looked into which papers of your work. Please, be aware that ResearchGate sends emails, if something happens in your account.

5.3 Academia

“” ( is another scientific network where you can post your work. Academia then sometimes suggests reads of papers with similar topics to you. Some simple statistics are available as well. Some additional information is available on commercial basis only.

6 Fakes freely listed the 2-year impact factor computed by Thomson Reuters/Clarivate of the last about eight years for a very large number of journals including the Meteorologische Zeitschrift ( but has been suspended now. This service seems to be a fake (see A similar (most probably fake) product is:


The success of your publication today very much depends not only on the journal you publish in, but also on what and how much you do to make your paper known to other scientists. Thanks to the Open Access, availability is no longer an issue today. The selected services listed in this document may help you in tracking the citation (hence success) of your papers.

Services 2, 2.2, 3, 3.1, 4, 4.1 and 5 listed above are suitable for obtaining the citation statistics of single papers or single persons. Services 2.1, 3.2, 3.3, and 3.4 are designed for checking the impact of scientific journals. Services 1, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, and 5.3 (partly) are free; services 2, 2.1, and 3 require credentials.

Are you satisfied with your citation statistics? If not, enhance the visibility and distribution of your paper. For instance, you may use the services given under points 1, 2.2, 4, and 5 above. Meteorologische Zeitschrift sees to it that relevant information on your new papers is transferred as fast as possible to the services listed under points 2, 3 and 4 (and others too).

The simplest way of citing your paper is by its DOI number which is given even twice on the front page of your MetZet paper. Try to enter the URL in the address line of your browser. It immediately forwards you to the paper carrying this DOI. If it is an Open Access paper everybody will have full access to your paper via this URL. The publisher makes sure that the resource location information behind a DOI is always up-to-date. There is no easier way to pass an Open Access paper to a colleague.

If you find any problems in finding or citing your MetZet paper with one of the above mentioned services, please report to us.

1 All papers in volumes 23 and higher of MetZet are Open Access publications. Papers in earlier volumes may still be switched to Open Access after the payment of a OA-fee (please inquire at the publishers).

2 as long as the papers are distributed for non-commercial purposes

3 Some of the product names mentioned in this document are registered trade marks, even if they are not marked appropriately. The use of these names may be restricted.

4 The publisher of MetZet is not linked to any of the web offers listed below and does not recommend the use of a specific product. We take no liability for the use of the products listed below. We are not responsible for the contents offered by the web pages listed below.

5 All internet addresses listed in this leaflet have been accessed on March 6, 2017.