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Publishing strategy guide

Measuring impact

Measuring your impact is about identifying evidence that your work is influencing either other scholars or the wider world. Most research will be best represented using a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches to measure impact, although this can differ vastly by field.

Explore the tools below to find metrics relevant to your field.

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Scopus

  • journal, article and author metrics

SciVal

  • productivity metrics (e.g. scholarly output and h-indices);

  • citation impact metrics (e.g. citation count, cites per publication, field weighted citation impact, outputs in top percentiles)

  • collaborative metrics (e.g. collaboration impact, academic-corporate collaboration).

Web of Science

  • journal, article and author metrics
InCites

 
  • productivity metrics (e.g. scholarly output and h-indices)

  • citation impact metrics (e.g. citation count, cites per publication, category normalised citation impact CNCI, outputs in top percentiles)

  • collaborative metrics (e.g. % of international and industry collaborations)

Google Scholar's MyCitations

  • compiling a list of all your publications and generating metrics (e.g. total citations, h-index and citations over time)

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

  • finding journal impact factor (JIF) and quartiles and JIF percentiles

  • relevant for all disciplines (excluding the Arts and Humanities)
 

Essential Science Indicators

  • finding 'top', 'hot' and 'highly cited' indicators, field baselines, and citation thresholds

  • relevant for 22 broad disciplines

Altmetric for Institutions



 

  • tracking the online attention to outputs from various web services (e.g. Twitter, Mendeley, research blogs and policy documents)

  • useful to build a narrative around research and for developing effective dissemination and engagement strategies

  • relevant for outputs in ROS that have a DOI

Need help?

Contact your Faculty Outreach Librarian if you require support with identifying the norms that are most relevant to your research.

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