Definitions for "Citation index"
a bibliographic index which allows the user to trace research forward in time by searching for articles that have cited a known relevant article. These indexes are very commonly used by faculty in their tenure process to indicate the impact of their publications on others' research. Citation indexes can also be used for standard author/subject searching. EXAMPLE: Science Citation Index.
periodical index that indicates how many times the work of one author has been referred to, or cited, by another author, and where. How many times a document is cited by other writers is an indication of its importance. The three most-used citation indexes are: Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Science Citation Index.
A list of articles that, subsequent to the appearance of the original article, refer to, or cite, that article. This method is particularly applicable to scientific literature and allows easy tracing of similar research.