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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 Jun 23 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 – CuriousPaul Jun 23 at 23:13
  • Did they mention the SD elsewhere? – Azor Ahai -- he him Jun 23 at 23:41
  • Unfortunately not. – CuriousPaul Jun 24 at 0:06
  • So now it is researchers, and not just administrative staff, who are doing the meaningless bibliometric work? – Sylvain Ribault Jun 24 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.

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