Licensed tools for Citation AnalysisThe University of Toronto licenses a number of tools to help researchers better understand the impact of their research:
- Journal Citation Reports
(JCR) identifies top ranking journals by subject field, and is
frequently used as a primary metric with which to compare the scholarly
output of researchers and institutions.
- Sciverse/Science Direct 25 Top Cited ranks the top cited articles by discipline and/or journal from 2004 onwards.
The H-IndexThe H-Index is a method of citation analysis that measures a
researcher’s productivity and citation impact. These resources are
licensed by the University of Toronto, and can help assess the impact of
an individual researcher, including calculating a researcher’s h-index.
The Web of Science
tracks citations across the Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities,
and includes conference proceedings as well. The Web of Science is
particularly useful for citations in the Sciences.
provides citation tracking and a number of other visualization and
analysis tools. Scopus is particularly useful for citations in the
Social Sciences and Humanities
is useful for finding citations in books, grey literature, government
and legal publications, and non-English resources. Google Scholar also
indexes journals in the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities,
though the scope of this is unknown.
Free Tools for Citation Analysis
Publish or Perish is a software program that can help you to create the best case for the impact of your research.
ArnetMiner is a search and data mining service for academic social networks
CiteSeerX is a powerful and feature-rich search engine and digital library focused primarily on computer and information sciences
EigenFactor tracks the price and value of thousands of journals. Its Open Access Cost Effectiveness project analyses the value of author-pay Open Access journals
Ideas is a service that ranks scholarship in Economics and related fields
The Becker Medical Library’s Model for Assessment of Research Impact helps researchers plan and account for the diffusion of their research and its impact.
AltmetricsResearchers are increasingly publishing and communicating about their
work through web-based environments such as blogs, social networks and
institutional repositories. Some scholars have begun to question the
primacy of Journal-based metrics in the assessment of scholarship. The
term “altmetrics” encompasses efforts to measure novel forms of online
scholarly activity, as well as efforts to take advantage of
opportunities provided by online publication to explore new genres of
scholarly work and track new indicators of significance and impact.
Charles W. Bailey Jr.’s Altmetrics Bibliography collects articles and technical reports that are helpful in understanding Altmetrics
The Public Library of Science has published the Altmetrics Collection, assembling research on non-traditional scholarly impact measures
- ImpactStory is an
open-source tool that provides researchers with a number of ways to
measure both their traditional and alternative research outputs
- Scholarometer is a browser extension to Google Scholar that can overlay a number of social or discipline-specific filters on search results
- Mendeley is a reference
manager and academic social networking tool. Mendeley keeps readership
statistics and download counts for articles.
For help evaluating your research impact, ask your Liaison Librarian or contact the Scholarly Communications & Copyright Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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