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Research Visibility

This guide provides you the ways in raising your research visibility and information about the measurement of your research impact.

What is Citation Search Service?

The Library can conduct a validation for PolyU faculty members who, in their capacity as PolyU Staff, need to have the citation numbers of their publications verified for various purposes, like supporting applications for fellowships, grants or awards etc. Librarians will use Web of Science or Scopus to search for number of times cited and compile a standard citation report, which contains:

  • A full or selected list of author’s publications in Web of Science and/or Scopus
  • A count of the number of times author’s work is cited (if any) in Web of Science and/or Scopus
  • A count of the number of times author’s work is cited (if any) without self-citations in Web of Science and/or Scopus
  • A signed certificate that endorses the citation search results

It will take 8 working days to complete a standard citation report. This means that the following conditions are met at the point of submitting your request: 

  1. a comprehensive and up-to-date list of author publications is provided, and
  2. the number of publications by the author does not exceed 50.​

PolyU faculty members that require this service should submit a request form (MS Word format) and send it to the corresponding Faculty Librarian. Upon receiving your request, your Faculty Librarian will contact you to confirm the details of your request and further discuss the timeline to complete the report.

Should you require any additional requirements on top of the standard citation report, please contact your Faculty Librarian to further discuss the requirements and timeline to complete the report.

For enquiries regarding the citation search service, feel free to contact your Faculty Librarian.


PolyU faculty members who may need to support applications for fellowships, grants or awards in their capacity as a PolyU Staff.

Note: This service is provided for purposes that are directly related to PolyU or in your capacity as a PolyU Staff (e.g. applying for awards & grants etc.) and not for personal pursuits (e.g. Job applications & PhD applications etc.). The Library has the discretion to accept or reject requests for Citation Search Service.

Download Request Form

Fill in the request form and send it to the corresponding Faculty Librarian.