Scite Dashboard: Analysis of HKU Publication Citations

What is scite?

Scite is a platform that helps researchers to better discover and evaluate scientific articles through Smart Citations. By making use of machine learning and its deep learning model, scite accesses full text of the scholarly publications and tells how a publication is being cited by classifying them in “supporting”, “mentioning”, and “contrasting”. 

Under the Libraries’ subscription to scite, HKU staff and students could enjoy the premium features by creating a personal account, such as search visualization, topic notifications and citation alerts, dashboard creation, and retrieval of journal and institution metrics. In this article, we will introduce how you could explore the institutional dashboard for HKU and create custom dashboards for publications of your choice.

The HKU Publications Dashboard

You may visit the HKU Publications Dashboard on scite to view the statistics on overall citations received by HKU publications. The below figure shows how the dashboard looks like:

Data retrieved on 04-April-2022.

The dashboard shows the total publications from HKU almost reached 100,000 in the scite database and from within, the publications received 2,076,138 citations in total, of which 85,355 categorized as supporting and 1,929,030 as mentioning. It also includes an index uniquely available on scite, the scite index. The scite Index (SI) measures how supported publications from an affiliation are, and is calculated using the following formula:

For example, the 2021 2-year SI includes citations to articles published in 2020 and 2021. 

On the affiliation searching page, we retrieved a table comparing the citation statistics of publications from different UGC-funded universities in Hong Kong as shown below:

From the analytics table, HKU received the most citations for its publications among the other universities in Hong Kong, and those indicated supporting evidence and mentioning are ranked the first as well. To view more details, please visit the scite HKU Publications Dashboard

Creating Custom Dashboard

HKU staff and students are eligible to create custom dashboards in their personal scite account. To start creating your customized dashboard, access scite and create your personal account on the top right of the screen. After logging in with your own scite account, select “Tool” from the drop-down menu, and navigate “Dashboards” from the menu at the left. You will arrive at the dashboard summary page and press the “Create New Dashboard” button to proceed.

There are several methods available for creating custom dashboards, including:

  • Importing data from your Zetoro library
  • Importing data from your Mendeley library
  • Entering the DOIs manually (separated by comma and max. 1,000 DOIs each)
  • Uploading a CSV file containing the DOIs (separated by comma and max. 1,000 DOIs each)

In the following example, we will show how HKU publications made significant contributions to the research and scientific breakthroughs on COVID-19. We retrieved the list of HKU publications from 2016 to present within the topic cluster “COVID-19,SARS-CoV-2,Coronavirus” from SciVal and imported the DOIs into the scite dashboard manually. There are 808 matched publications in total.

Similar to the HKU Publications Dashboard, this custom dashboard also indicates the citation counts in total and in the sub-categories. There are over 140,000 citations received by this set of selected publications. No retractions and withdrawals were found within this set of publications. 

By scrolling down, there is an author section showing a list of HKU researchers that authored publications from this dashboard, along with a count of how many publications they were involved with from this set.

In the below section, it lists out the specific citation analytics for each individual publication in this set. You may click into the individual publication to view more citation analysis on a specific article/paper:

On the profile page of an individual publication, you may discover in which part of the referenced article the citations are located. In this sense, you may have a glimpse of how your publications influence or convey impacts on others papers. 

For example, if your article was cited in the introduction section, it may imply a mentioning of your work, yet, if it was cited in the discussion section, it may imply contributions in scientific findings or facilitation in academic discussions. Citations within the discussion section may also increase your chance in getting research collaboration opportunities with other researchers or those who cited your papers.

By enabling or disabling the “tick” icons, you may filter the citation results by cited locations and further examine the contents in the citing paper on the right panel.

In addition, scite is also providing a plugin for Zetoro, a reference management tool, to showcase the Smart Citations statistics within your Zetoro library. For more details, you may visit this page or our LibGuide

The Libraries now offers Bibliometrics and Impact Services to HKU faculties or departments that are interested in the scite Smart Citation report for an overall view on publications within the faculty/department. We would assist to aggregate the data available on scite based on individual faculty/department’s preference and generate the report. If you are interested, please feel free to discuss with us via