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Last Updated: Oct 13, 2014 URL: http://libguides.library.uu.nl/researchimpact Print Guide RSS Updates

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Overview

On this page you will find:

  • Comparison chart of available traditional and alternative metrics websites (selection; not exhaustive)

You might try one or more of these:

  1. Author metrics
    Check (and compare) your impact scores:
  2. Article metrics
    Check (and compare) the impact of your own publication(s):
 

Actions to enhance your visibility

There are many things you can do to enhance the visibility of your research:

  • Analyse who is using your research and through which channels
  • Avoid journals that are not well-indexed
  • Create an ORCID
  • Blog and tweet selectively on your research topics
  • Deposit your publications in the university repository
  • Produce a short video pitch on your main research topic
  • Publish Open Access
  • Share an early version of your paper as pre-print (ArXiv, Cognet, RepEc, SSRN etc.)
  • Share your data (FigShare, Dutch Dataverse network etc.)
  • Upload full text of your papers to your researcher profiles or your own website
  • Use a stable and full author name and affiliation
  • Use research profiles to unambiguously link publications to you
 

Traditional and alternative metrics sites compared

There are many new ways of tracking research impact. They try to capture the presence in new scholarly venues, presence and impact in social media and other forms of online engament, such as views, downloads, bookmarks etc. Collectively, we refer to these as altmetrics, opposed to traditional citation measurement using Web of Science, Scopus and other citation enhanced databases.

based on: Users, narcissism and control: tracking the impact of scholarly publications in the 21st century (SURFfoundation, 2012)

 

Metrics in Scopus

Author metrics

Open Scopus and search your name using the 'Search author'-tab. Select your name from the results list and scroll down to 'Research' to see various metrics like citations and h-index. You can click on 'View Author Evaluator' or 'View h-graph' to see a visual representation of author metrics.

Tip: In calculating metrics, Scopus only uses data going back to 1995.

Tip: Are there errors in your Scopus listing, e.g. missing documents or multiple author listings (b/c of spelling variants)? You can request changes to be made by clicking 'Request author detail corrections' at the top of the page with author information.

Article metrics

Open Scopus and search an article or a subject using the 'Document search'-tab. In the results list, the number of citations the article has received is visible in the last column ('Cited by'). Click on this number to see a list of citations; on this page, there is also the option to click 'Analyze results' (top of page) to see a visual representation of article metrics. 

Tip: In calculating metrics, Scopus only uses data going back to 1995.

 

Metrics in Web of Science

Author metrics Web of Science

Open Web of Science and search your name using the 'Author search'-option. Enter your author name, and optionally proceed to select your research domain(s) and organization(s). In the results list, you can opt to view all results, or look at the tab 'Record sets' to distinguish between different authors with the same name and/or multiple entries for your own name (tick the boxes of the appropiate record sets and select 'View records').

You will now see a list with all your publications listed in Web of Science. Click 'Create citation report' (top right) to view author metrics (citations and h-index).

Tip: Web of Science uses ResearcherID to manage author names/citations. If you have a ResearcherID, you can manually add papers authored by you and correct any mistakes. More information on creating ResearcherID is available in workshop 1: Researcher profiles.

Article metrics

Open Web of Science and search an article or a subject using the 'Search' or 'Cited reference search'-options. In the results list, the number of citations the article has received is visible underneath each article ('Times cited'). Click on this number to see a list of citations; on this page, there is also the option to click 'Create citation report' (top right) to see more detailed article metrics. 

Tip: To view a visual representation of backwards and forwards referencing of a given article ('cited in/cited by'), click on the title of the article in the results list and choose 'Citation map' in the 'Cited References' box in the right sidebar.

 

Metrics in Google Scholar /Google Scholar Citations

Author metrics Google Scholar

Open Google Scholar and search your name or that of a colleague. If a (public) Google Citations profile exists, it will show up at the top of the results list. Click on the profile to see various metrics like citations, h-index and i10-index (the number of publications with at least 10 citations). 

Tip: More information on creating a Google (Scholar) account and activating Google Scholar Citations is available in workshop 1: Researcher profiles.

Article metrics

Open Google Scholar and search an article or subject. In the results list, the number of citations the article has received is visible underneath each article ('Cited by'). Click on this number to see a list of all citations.

Tip: When you access Google Scholar through the website of Utrecht University Library, you will have full-text access to all articles for which we carry a subscription (recognizable by 'Fulltext@UBULink')

 

Metrics in Microsoft Academic Search

Author metricsMicrosoft Academic Search

Open Microsoft Academic Search and search your name. A link to your profile will appear at the top of the results list; alternatively, click on your name in one of the publications listed to bring it up. In your profile, various metrics are displayed, including citations, h-index, g-index (modified form of the h-index based on average number of citations per article) and information on co-authors.

Tip: An interesting option in Microsoft Academic Search is the 'Co-author graph' (available in the left sidebar of each author profile): an interactive visual representation of connections between scientists based on co-authorship. 

Tip: You can edit information in your user profile by clicking the 'Edit' button at the top right of your profile. A Microsoft Live ID is required, and edits are pending approval/verification by Microsoft Academic Search.

Article metrics

Open Microsoft Academic Search and search an article or subject. In the results list, the number of citations the article has received is visible following the title of each publication ('Citations'). Click on this number to see a list of all citations.

 Tip: Microsoft Academic Search offers the option to see the context of citations, that is, where in a document your article is cited. To view this from the list of citations, click on 'Citation context' in the left sidebar.

 

Metrics in Mendeley

Article metrics Mendeley

Open Mendeley (login not required) and search an article or subject using the search bar (make sure 'Papers' is selected from the drop-down menu). For each article, the number of Mendeley users that have added this paper to their Mendeley library is shown in the right hand corner ('readers'). When you click on the article's title, more information on readership statistics can be found in the right sidebar.

 

 

Metrics in ImpactStory

Author metrics ImpactStory

Open ImpactStory and click 'What's my impact'. In the subsequent window, you are asked to create an account, which is free for the first 30 days. After creating an account, you can import your research output connected with your Google Scholar ID or ORCID. If needed, you can add articles, datasets etc. by filling out the respective boxes.

(NB. Importing from Google Scholar does not seem to work in Internet Explorer.)

Instead of making your own impact report, you can also click on 'View a sample profile'. You are then shown a sample page containing links to articles, a dataset, slides and a webpage.

Each item in your collection will have information added as to how often it is viewed/saved/cited/discussed recommended by scholars (blue boxes) and by the public (green boxes). To view details on these metrics (including their sources) click either on one of the blue/green boxes or on the title of the item. Each metric also carries a percentile range, measured against a reference set of all papers indexed in Web of Science the same year.

Tip: More information on creating a Google (Scholar) account and activating Google Scholar Citations, as well as on creating an ORCID, is available in the LibGuide Researcher profiles.

Article metrics

To view article level metrics in ImpactStory you need to make an impact report as described above under Author metrics. It is not possible to search for individual articles on ImpactStory. 

Tip: After the first 30 days, Impact Story charges $60 a year to maintain your profile. It should be noted Impact Story is fully committed to remain open, independent and non-commercial. More information on the subscription model can be found in the ImpactStory FAQ.

 

Metrics in Plum Analytics

Plum Analytics

A commercial initiative with some similarities to ImpactStory is Plum Analytics. In addition to author metrics and article metrics, Plum Analytics offers aggregated institution metrics to subscribing institions.  To see some examples and view sample profiles, go to plu.mx.

 

Metrics in PLOS One

Article metrics PLOS One

Open PLOS One and search an article or subject. In the results list, underneath each article it is indicated whether the article has been viewed (both html views and downloads, in PLOS One and PubMedCentral), cited (in Scopus, Web of Science, CrossRef or PubMedCentral), saved (in Mendeley, or CiteULike) or discussed (on Twitter, Facebook, blogs or in the comments on PLOS One itself). Click on either of these categories to see the metrics more in detail.

Altmetric Tip: Another way to view article level metrics for PLOS One is through the PLOS Impact Explorer from Altmetric, a commercial provider of altmetrics. As a demo, they have developed a PLOS mashup that shows altmetrics for PLOS One papers that have recently received coverage. It is not possible to search for specific papers using this tool. Altmetric also offers a free bookmarklet you can add to your browser, that gives altmetrics data for any DOI it detects on a webpage you are viewing. 

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