Articles on: Citations

What is the difference between Citations and Citation Statements? How is scite different from other citation indexes? is a platform that allows you to search for and see how publications have been cited. Other citation indexes let you see what publications cite one another but not how they cite it or read all those mentions of another publication in one place.

In order to do this we extract, classify, and present the context of the citation made to a particular paper, which we call the citation statements.

What this means is:
- We index full-text articles based on publisher agreements and open sources for full-text articles such as unpaywall.
- Based on these full-text, we identify both unique traditional citations and citation statements.



A traditional citation is a reference made between one publication, a citing publication, and a cited publication.

These citations are merely a link between one publication and another and do not take any additional context into account. A citation does not consider how many times a particular publication was mentioned in the citing publication (10 uses of a paper and 1 use of a paper are both counted as 1 citation), where the citation was made from (ie. introduction, results, methods, or discussion), or, most importantly, whether the citation is meant to support another publication, refute it, use it as methodological support, mention it as an example, ect.

Example of a traditional citation

Citation Statements

A Citation Statement* is a the surrounding context of a citation when the citation is made. This includes the sentences surrounding the citation, which section the citation was made in, whether the citaiton is meant to support or contrast a paper, and more.

One paper can cite another 1 or more times and therefore each time it cites another paper this is counted as a unique Citation Statement.

Example of citation statements

Updated on: 09/01/2021

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