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Research & Postgraduate Students: Measuring Your Impact


Bibliometrics is the statistical analysis of articles, books and other publications; measuring impact not quality.

What impact can be measured with bibliometric data?
Article/Book Impact: The
impact of works, such as journal articles, books, and conference
proceedings can be measured by the number of times they are cited by
other works.
Journal Impact: The impact of academic journals can be measured by the number of times their articles are cited and where they are cited.
Researcher Impact: The
impact of an individual researcher can be indicated by the number of
works a researcher has published and the number of times these works
have been cited.
Institutional Impact:
The prestige of a department or research area within an institution can
be measured by the collective impact of its researchers compared to
those at other institutions.

The h-Index

The h-index is an author-level
metric that  rates performance based on career publications, as measured
by the lifetime number of citations each article receives. The
measurement is dependent on quantity (number of publications) and quality (number of citations). 
To manually calculate your h-index, organize articles in descending order, based on the number of times they have been cited.
The h-index reflects the number of
articles in addition to the number of citations per article. A h-index
of 12 would represent 12 published papers by an author that each had 12
or more citations.


Altmetrics go beyond the traditional citation metrics to measure social visibility
around scientific articles. These metrics are based on indicators, such
as article views and downloads, tweets, blog mentions, news media and
social bookmarking.
See for more information.

Web of Science Citation Map

A Citation Map is a graphical
depiction showing the citation relationships (cited references and
citing articles) between a paper and other papers using several
visualization tools. Using citation mapping, you can analyse which
researchers are citing you. You can also set up a graphical
representation of the papers that you have cited your published work.
To view a citation map simply click on the title of a publication within a results list in Web of Science. From the menu on the left choose 'View Citation Map' and select the citation direction required (forward, back or both).

Why Measure Impact?

  • To see who is reading/progressing your research.
  • To identify potential research collaborators.
  • To support grant applications.
  • To report back to funding agencies and industry.
  • To benchmark beside the performance of peers.
  • To advance the institution’s ranking in league tables.
  • To secure job promotion.

Citation Searching

There are many tools available for measuring and tracking your research impact.
A citation search
allows you to specify an article, author or book and find other articles
that have included it in their bibliographies.
You will need to use multiple tools as no one database covers all publications.

Web of Science

Thomson Reuters Web of Science is
today's premier research platform, helping you quickly find, analyze,
and share information in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and
humanities. You get integrated access to high quality literature through
a unified platform that links a wide variety of content and search
terms together, creating one common vocabulary and one seamless search.
This citation database allows you to create a citation report and
calculate an h-index.

Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar helps you identify the
most relevant research across the world of scholarly research. Google
Scholar Citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of
citations to their articles. Like other citation tracking services, it
tracks academic articles, but it also counts theses, book titles &
other documents towards author citation metrics. It’s free and easy to
set up, with a Google account.  
Browse the top 100 publications,
in order of their 5 year h-index and h-median metrics. To see which
articles were cited the most and by who, click on its h-index number to
view the articles and the citations underlying the metrics.

Publish or Perish

From, a well-known resource
in scholarly publishing, this free software tool calculates numerous
research metrics based on Google Scholar.

Please note that comparing across
different tools is not advised, as different algorithms and different
citation data are used to calculate impact.
More databases are including citation tracking information, including:

The Impact Factor

The Impact Factor is the average
number of times articles from the journal published in the past two
years have been cited in the Journal Citations Report (JCR) year. The
Impact Factor is calculated by dividing the number of citations in the
JCR year by the total number of articles published in the two previous
years. The works may be articles published in the same journal, however,
most citing works are from different journals. A 5-year journal Impact
Factor is the average number of times articles from the journal
published in the past five years have been cited in the JCR year. It is
calculated by dividing the number of citations in the JCR year by the
total number of articles published in the five previous years.

Eigenfactor® Score and Article Influence® Score

Like the Impact Factor, the Eigenfactor
use citation data to assess and track the influence of a journal in
relation to other journals. (Available for JCR years 2007 and later).
The Eigenfactor Score calculation is
based on the number of times articles from the journal published in the
past five years have been cited in the JCR year, but it also considers
which journals have contributed these citations so that highly cited
journals will influence the network more than lesser cited journals. 
References from one article in a journal to another article from the
same journal are removed, so that Eigenfactor Scores are not influenced
by journal self-citation.
The Article Influence
establishes the average influence of a journal's articles over the first
five years after publication.  It is calculated by dividing a journal’s
Eigenfactor Score by the number of articles in the journal,
standardized as a fraction of all articles in all publications.  This
measure is nearly equivalent to the 5-Year Journal Impact Factor as it
is a ratio of a journal’s citation influence to the size of the
journal’s article contribution over a period of five years. A score
greater than 1.00 indicates that each article in the journal has
above-average influence; under 1.00 indicates that each article in the
journal has below-average influence.

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

SJR is a measure of scientific influence
of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations
received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals
where such citations come from (developed from the information contained
in Scopus).


Try the MyRI online tutorial for more information on measuring your impact.
MyRI is an Open Access toolkit to support bibliometrics training and awareness.

Citation Alerts

You can choose to set up a personal
account with the following databases so that new articles citing your
chosen articles can be sent to you automatically:

How to set up e-mail citation alerts?  Applicable to most databases.
  1. Go to your desired article by searching or browsing. For example search for: Stress AND “work related”
  2. Click on the title of the article, to view the full record of the article you want to track.
  3. Click "Alert me when this article is
    cited", "Citation alert", "Create citation alert", "Alerts", "E-mail
    alerts", etc., depending on the database you are using.   
  4. You will be asked to log into your
    personal account.  Register for a personal account with the database if
    you have not already done so. Then log into your account.
  5. You will then be asked to: enter your
    e-mail address; enter the name of the alert; set the alert frequency.
    Save the citation alert.  
  6. You will be notified via e-mail when the requested article has been cited.

Tips for Improving Your Impact

It can be difficult for a researcher to
keep track of publications as the number of publications in any field
increases every year.
These easy steps can raise your visibility:
  • Always be consistent with your name, e.g. “Paul P. Smith”, (avoid variations such like “P. P. Smith” or “Paul Smith”.
  • Register for an ORCID and/or Researcher ID to distinguish yourself from other researchers.
  • Publish in journals with high impact factor.
  • Use uniform institutional associations.
  • Deposit your publications in CUAL.
  • Take advantage of search engine optimisation (SEO) by selecting the most appropriate keywords for your publications.
  • Join academic social networking sites, such as LinkedIn and/or ResearchGate.
  • Use social bookmarking sites.

Other Metrics


A tool to helps scientists explore and share the diverse impacts of all their research products.


Increase the impact of your research.

Plum Analytics

Uses metrics to help answer the questions and tell stories about research.
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