Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Bibliometrics; Altmetrics; H-Index - Research Support - LibGuides at North-West University Libraries -


Be visible or perish


Recognizing the importance of research visibility
and discoverability, author disambiguation and an increase in funder
and publisher requirements for ORCID iDs, the NWU became an ORCID member
institution making it possible to integrate existing NWU systems with
the ORCID registry.

Step 1: Register for an ORCID iD

Follow this link to visit the NWU Manuscript system
to create a new ORCID iD. This system can also be used to link an
existing ORCID iD. If you are unsure whether you already have an ORCID
iD, search the ORCID registry on their website for your name.

Click here for a step by step guide through the registration and linking process.

Step 2: Add your info

  • Add personal information
  • Update privacy settings
  • Add outputs
  • Add grants
  • Keep the ORCID record updated
Step 3: Use your ORCID iD

Include your ORCID iD wherever possible. Include it during submission
of outputs, grant applications or during any other research,
scholarship and innovation activities. You can also include it in your
CV, personal websites you might have, social media platforms and even as
part of your email signature.

For more info regarding your ORCID iD go to our website.




analysis use data on numbers and authors of scientific publications and
on articles and the citations therein (and in patents) to measure the
“output” of individuals/research teams, institutions, and countries, to
identify national and international networks, and to map the development
of new (multi-disciplinary) fields of science and technology.

Altmetrics  (Galliga, F. & Dyas-Correia, S.  2013.  Altmetrics: rethinking the way we measure.  Serials review, 39 (1): 56-61.)

Altmetrics are new measurements for the impact of scholarly content,
based on how far and wide it travels through the social Web (like
Twitter), social bookmarking (e.g. CiteULike) and collaboration tools
(such as Mendeley) … What altmetrics hope to do is provide an
alternative measure of impact, distinct from the Journal Impact Factor,
which has been categorically misused and is unable to respond to the
digital environment that scholarship takes place in today


The index is based on the distribution of citations received by a given researcher's publications. Hirsch writes:

A scientist has index h if h of his/her Np papers have at least h citations each, and the other (Np − h) papers have no more than h citations each.
To manually calculate your h-index,
organize articles in descending order, based on the number of times they
have been cited e.g.

An author has 8 papers that have been cited 33, 30, 20, 15, 7, 6, 5 and 4 times. This tells us that the author's h-index is 6.

h-index calculation
What does an h-index of 6 mean?

  • An h-index of 6 means that this author has published at least 6 papers that have each received at least 6 citations.

More context:

  • The first paper has been cited 33 times, and gives us a 1 (there is one paper that has been cited at least once).
  • The second paper has been cited 30 times, and gives us a 2 (there are two papers that have been cited at least twice).
  • The third paper gives us a 3 and all the way up to 6 with the sixth highest paper.
  • The final two papers have no effect
    in this case as they have been cited less than six times (Ireland,
    MacDonald & Stirling, 2013).

    (Shannon Gordon, Univ of Waterloo library)

Altmetrics (Alternative metrics)

Altmetrics Tools and Software + tools to increase your visibility

provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from
every other researcher and, through integration in key research
workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated
linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your
work is recognized.    +  Altmetric Explorer
  Altmetric tracks what people are saying about papers online on behalf
of publishers, authors, libraries and institutions.  The Altmetric
Explorer lets you monitor, search and measure conversations about your
publications and those of your competitors. Use the Explorer to deliver
insights, track mentions and measure levels of attention over time. To
start: download the Altmetric Bookmarklet  Search people, Research interests and Universities.

Share your publications, access millions more, and publish your data. 
Connect and collaborate with colleagues, peers, co-authors, and
specialists in your field.  Get stats about views, downloads, and
citations of your research.   Find the right job using research-focused
job board, etc.

LinkedIn  the
world's largest professional network with 250 million members in over
200 countries and territories around the globe.  Connect the world's
professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join
LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights
that help you be great at what you do.

Publish or Perish  (Including H-Index)  Publish
or Perish is a software program that retrieves and analyzes academic
citations. It uses Google Scholar and (since release 4.1) + Microsoft
Academic Search to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these and
presents the metrics.

CiteULike  a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references.

Naymz: measure and manage your social reputation

figshare Store, share, discover research.   Manage your research in the cloud and control who you share it with or make it publicly available and citable.

Peer Evaluation 
   Peer evaluation is about giving Open Access to your primary data,
working papers, articles, media and having them all reviewed and
discussed by your peers.  - See more at:

Research Scorecard    Is all about facilitating scientific collaborations.
This database and data mining tools provide a unique way to assess
biomedical scientific and technical expertise, helping researchers find
and evaluate potential colleagues and staff.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN)   
SSRN is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science
research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks in
each of the social sciences. 

ReaderMeter  Research impact, crowdsourced.

Is the first literature-based scientific professional network that
brings the right researchers together and allow them to connect,
network, communicate and collaborate online.

PLoS Impact Explorer  This page mashes up alt-metrics data from Altmetric with articles from the Public Library of Science (PLoS).

Check which articles are seeing the most buzz from social media sites, newspapers and in online reference managers.

PaperCritic  Offers
researchers a way of monitoring all types of feedback about their
scientific work, as well as allowing everyone to easily review the work
of others, in a fully open and transparent environment.  PaperCritic is
powered by the Mendeley API.

Scholarometer  Is a social tool to facilitate citation analysis and help evaluate the impact of an author's publications.

Microsoft Academic Search    Provides Author metrics + Article metrics

Research Blogging   Allows readers to easily find blog posts about serious peer-reviewed research, instead of just news reports and press releases.

Mendeley is a free reference manager that saves you time organizing your
documents, writing papers and collaborating with peers.

Twitter  Social networking and microblogging service utilising instant messaging, SMS or a web interface.

Quora    Ask any question, get real answers from people with first hand experience, and blog about what you know.

SlideShare  Upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios.

Flickr  Picture galleries available with social networking, chat, groups, and photo ratings.

Facebook   An online networking service.  Connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them.

Altmetrics for Scopus.  Can be found in the abstract view of an article, below the Related Documents box in the right-hand column.  Altmetrics for Scopus will only appear when data is available.

Bibliometrics; Altmetrics; H-Index - Research Support - LibGuides at North-West University Libraries -

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