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Research impact guide: Citer analysis

Citer analysis

Citer analysis provides qualitative measures of your research impact by providing information about the citations of your work, including:

  • who is citing your research
  • where they are
  • what institution they're from
  • in which publications they have published
  • in which discipline they have published.

Scopus and Web of Science can provide you with graphs and analytic tools for this type of information as part of their standard features. The graph above comes from Scopus' suite of analytics tools and shows the disciplinary areas of the material citing Albert Einstein's work.

Finding out who is citing you and where they come from can help you show:

  • significance of impact
  • trends in publishing in your field
  • evidence that your work is influential across multiple disciplines

The information you choose to use will depend on the story you are trying to tell about your research impact.

If your work is not widely indexed or cited in Scopus or Web of Science, you can get much of this information from Google Scholar and disciplinary specific databases, and do the analysis yourself.

UNSW Library also provides a range of advisory services to UNSW researchers on research impact. For more information about these services or about using citer analysis tools, contact your Faculty Outreach Librarian


Citer analysis is an important part of measuring impact, particularly in the social sciences and humanities. Citations are less common in these fields so a measurement based on quantity may not be useful.

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