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InCites Benchmarking & Analytics: About InCites Data

InCites Benchmarking & Analytics is a research analytics tool.

Web of Science Core Collection is the data source for InCites Benchmarking & Analytics.  This guide describes the scope, update schedules and data elements that are the foundation of the resource.

Product Subscriptions

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What is the full range of content available?

Science Citation Index Expanded  1900-

Social Sciences Citation Index 1900-

Arts & Humanities Citation Index 1975-

Conference Proceedings Citation Index (Science) 1990-

Conference Proceedings Citation Index (Social Sciences & Humanities) 1990-

Book Citation Index (Science) 2005-

Book Citation Index (Social Sciences & Humanities) 2005-

Emerging Sources Citation Index 2015-

Current Chemical Reactions 1985-

Index Chemicus 1993-

The full InCites dataset extends back to 1980 and includes content indexed in:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index (SCI & SSH)
  • Book Citation Index (SCI & SSH)
All document types from each source index are included.
How does my subscription affect my access? Your institution may subscribe to only a subset of the indexes listed above, and the backfile depth will also vary by institution. You can only discover source records within your subscription limits.  All users can analyze the full InCites dataset, regardless of WoS Core Collection subscription limits.


Update Schedules

Question Web of Science Core Collection InCites Benchmarking & Analytics
How frequently is each tool updated? New content is added to WoS Core Collection on a daily basis. As new records are added to the database, the number of results for a search could increase. 

InCites is updated monthly. Prior to each release, data are extracted from WoS Core Collection to prepare for InCites. This means that the data cutoff date is earlier than the data release date. For example, the InCites dataset update on August 12, 2017 includes WoS Core Collection content indexed through June 30, 2017.

Baselines are recalculated with each bimonthly update.

Hover over the info icon  in any filter panel to review the current dates for InCites.  


Citation Counts

Question Web of Science Core Collection InCites Benchmarking & Analytics
Why are there different citation counts for the same article?

Times cited counts could increase daily as new citing articles are added to the database.

The WoS Core Collection times cited count for an item includes citations from all of the editions (see full list in Product Subscriptions).

InCites only includes citations coming from the InCites source editions (see Product Subscriptions). This means that citations coming from Emerging Sources Citation Index are NOT reflected in times cited counts in InCites.

Times cited counts are fixed when the WoS Core Collection data are extracted for InCites. This is necessary to calculate consistent, accurate baselines for normalized metrics. 


Custom Datasets

Question Web of Science Core Collection InCites Benchmarking & Analytics
How do these differences affect custom dataset creation?

WoS Core Collection includes content published prior to 1980, and it is updated more frequently than InCites. This means that some records may be too old or too new to be included in the InCites dataset for analysis.

All Emerging Sources Citation Index records are outside of the scope of InCites.

When you search WoS Core Collection, you will only retrieve results that are within your subscription access. 
When uploading a file of document identifiers or using the Save to InCites feature in WoS Core Collection, the only records that make it into a custom dataset are those that overlap with the InCites dataset.