I saw in some applications that some researchers state that their papers are in top 10% most cited articles, but they never state how they calculated this. I have tried Web of Knowledge and there are some metrics there, but the don't really match the text from those applications. For instance, I found this kind of formulation in one of the applications:

For the articles published Engineering category in 2015, the average number of citations is only 1.22. This article is therefore one of the top 10.00% most cited articles published in Engineering in 2015.

I saw that it was calculated using Google Scholar, but I don't know how they do it. Can anyone please help me to understand how can you see if you paper is in top xxx% most cited articles like in the text above? Is there a software for that? Or is there any relation with the h-index that can give that for a certain year?

  • Is "Engineering" a category of the journal?
    – GoodDeeds
    Commented Jun 23, 2020 at 23:11
  • I'm guessing yes, but I am not sure. In Google Scholar, there is "Engineering and Computer Science" category. I first thought that that's the one, but because I didn't understand it, I just assumed that "Engineering" might be a stand-alone category which is not in GS. scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=top_venues&hl=en Commented Jun 23, 2020 at 23:13
  • Did they mention the SD elsewhere? Commented Jun 23, 2020 at 23:41
  • Unfortunately not. Commented Jun 24, 2020 at 0:06
  • So now it is researchers, and not just administrative staff, who are doing the meaningless bibliometric work? Commented Jun 24, 2020 at 7:41

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Go to Web of Knowledge and search by publication name. Then sort by citation count and find the 10% cutoff (e.g. if there have been 10,000 papers published in that journal, then the article with the 1000th highest citation count is the 10% cutoff). Then find the paper you're interested in, and see if it's above or below that 10% cutoff.

  • Thanks. Web of Knowledge may now "Publication Title" instead of publication name.
    – zhanxw
    Commented Oct 18, 2022 at 14:47
  • NB: This requires a subscription, cannot do with a free account.
    – Brandon
    Commented Dec 31, 2023 at 19:40

In Scopus, you can use SRCID ( 17945 ) AND PUBYEAR = 2021 to query all publications from the journal Bioinformatics published in 2021. You can then sort by Cited by (highest). Here 17945 is the Source ID. You can find all Source IDs from Sources located at the page top.

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