Maximise your Research Impact
As researchers, you often need to provide metrics about your research output, e.g. when applying for grants or promotions. The Research Metrics Definitions Guide describes common metrics for authors, articles, and journals, and mentions which tools provide them.
Citation metrics tools
There are several tools which provide citation metrics information. Commonly used ones include:
- Google Scholar/Google Scholar Citations
- Publish or Perish, downloadable software created by Professor Ann-Wil Harzing, that uses Google Scholar data to calculate several author metrics.
- Web of Science Core Collection (includes links to other Clarivate products including InCites, Journal Citation Reports, and Essential Science Indicators)
A newer database called Dimensions is provided by Digital Science and is providing an innovative alternative to established citation providers. You can access the free app for basic citation information.
Alternative metrics, also known as altmetrics, measure online attention to your work.
Altmetric Explorer is a dashboard which aggregates online attention to the University's research publications, and to all tracked publications worldwide.
You can look at mentions for individual items, as well as viewing all your mentions in one place. Or you can look at your school/faculty/institute mentions and create spreadsheets and reports.
Benchmarking tools provide deeper analysis of research impact, often using a world average of 1 to measure if research impact is above world average. Benchmarking can be of individuals, groups, disciplines or institutions. The main benchmarking tool available at the University is:
- InCites (uses Web of Science data)
Scopus also contains limited benchmarking measures, plus other relevant metrics:
Reference guide Analysis of author outputs using Scopus
Other tools NOT available at the University include:
Other online tools
Publons is a website and free service for academics to track, verify and showcase their peer review and editorial contributions for academic journals. Publons has merged with the Web of Science group and the Web of Science ResearcherID now includes both publications and peer review information.
Impactstory is an open-source website that helps researchers explore and share the the online impact of their research.
Kudos is a cloud-based toolkit to help authors of scholarly content explain and share their publications with the aim of broadening reach and impact.