Finding the citations of any particular paper is straightforward.

But how do you identify the set of publications that cite two specific papers?

The reason I am asking this is because I am trying to write a review article to resolve an issue in the literature. There are 2 papers that adopt opposite views regarding that issue. To check if any similar study to mine has been attempted before, I am trying to look for any papers that cited those 2 papers together. Any way to do this?

Each paper has hundreds of citations, so looking for common citation is not practical!

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    So you want to find, for whatever reason, all the papers that cite two particular papers? Well, if it's easy to find all the papers that cite one of those then do it for both and compare the results you get. – DSVA Jul 8 '17 at 23:32
  • @DSVA That would have been easy if each paper had a few citations. Unfortunately, each paper has hundreds of citations. So you want me to cross reference hundreds of citations? I am also curious, is that your down vote? – Moa Jul 8 '17 at 23:44
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    no, that's something you want software to do. I just did it for two of my papers using Web of Science. I searched the citing papers for each of them, saved the data sets and compared the data sets with an "AND" function. Turns out only one common citation. – DSVA Jul 9 '17 at 0:08
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    LIBRARIAN ... Are you at an institution that has an academic library? They will have "reference librarians" on the staff ... consult them. The fact that we have computers nowadays does not mean you have to do everything on your own. – GEdgar Jul 9 '17 at 13:45

For biomedical publications you can use Europe PMC citation network (I work for this database). Here is an example of a search to find a publication that cites two particular papers: https://europepmc.org/search?query=CITES%3A24240771_med%20AND%20CITES%3A24036476_med. You can also do that programmatically (https://europepmc.org/RestfulWebService#cites)


My procedure was simple but worked for me. It is similar but different to that suggested by tripartio.

  • Look up article A in Google Scholar.
  • Click the link for articles that cite that article A.
  • Check "Search within citing articles"
  • Type the details of article B in the search bar (e.g. authors or title)
  • Explore the results

This is not as systematic as would be ideal, but should help to give a first-cut idea.


I haven't done this myself, so I can't give specific details, but here's a general algorithm:

  • Look up Article A in Google Scholar. Click the link for articles that cite that article. Extract all the results as a list of articles. (This is where I can't give details, since I haven't done it myself.)
  • Do the same thing for Article B.
  • Compare the two lists to identify common articles.
  • Indeed, this could work. Library software can check for duplicate references (super easy in Endnote) and could thus simplify step 3. – Emilie Aug 8 '17 at 12:52

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