I have a long list of papers in a word file and I want to quickly retrieve how often each of them has been cited to get a quick (although of course somewhat rough) idea of which ones are the most influential. Is there a tool that allows to retrieve for a list of papers from e.g. Google Scholar the number of times each of them has been cited? I would prefer not to have to check manually for each paper on Google Scholar.

  • I doubt any tools that such a functionality given just a list of paper names. You could write a simple script to do this for you though. Mar 15, 2016 at 0:58
  • @AustinHenley Hmmh, I had hoped that some site like scopus.com would be able to do this. How would you write such a script in that case, because I know for instance that Scholar does not have an official API. I might ask on stackoverflow otherwise.
    – dreamer
    Mar 15, 2016 at 9:38
  • Does your list include DOIs? If so, and you can parse these out, you can drop those into Scopus/WoS a hundred or so at a time. Mar 15, 2016 at 17:36
  • @Andrew It doesn't unfortunately.
    – dreamer
    Mar 16, 2016 at 11:19
  • You can also use R and scholar package.
    – Robert
    Jun 26, 2019 at 12:52

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One solution to programmatically retrieve Google Scholar results is scholar.py (open source, BSD license), which is

a Python module that implements a querier and parser for Google Scholar's output. Its classes can be used independently, but it can also be invoked as a command-line tool.

Amongst other things, it can fetch the number of citations of an article.

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