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Read these basic FAQs to learn more about Citations on ResearchGateWhat citation information can I find on my profile? Why are some of my citations not shown? Why did my citation count decrease?

On your Stats tab you can find all the citations of your work over time, and choose whether you want to view a monthly or yearly breakdown. 

What citation information can I find on my profile?

You can find out how many citations your publications on ResearchGate are getting, where they were cited, and by whom. Where possible, you will also be able to see exactly what was said about your research and view the citation in context in the publication where it was cited. This information can be found on your Stats tab under Citations.

Why are some of my citations not shown?

We regularly import citation data from different sources and do our best to ensure accuracy. However, while citations using standard citation styles are usually extracted accurately on ResearchGate, there are some cases where this can be difficult.

Here are the most common cases where citations may be missing:

  • When citations have incomplete metadata (e.g., publication date, journal, abstract)
  • When the citing paper is not on ResearchGate
  • When full-text PDFs are created by scanning a hard copy, we can't extract citations

If you recently added a publication to ResearchGate and notice that citations are missing, please be patient as this can take some time. Please also note that we aren't able to manually add your citations from other sources, e.g., Google Scholar.

We understand that it's frustrating when citations aren't displayed, so we're always working on new ways to improve how we extract and match citations.

Why did my citation count decrease? 

There are two possible reasons why your citation count or h-index decreased. It is possible that you were cited by a publication which was duplicated in our system. We then merged the duplicates which resulted in the loss of a citation. Alternatively, an author of a publication which cited you may have removed their publication from our database entirely. Since there are over a billion citations in our database, we cannot further investigate the cause of any particular fluctuation in citation count or h-index.