Article and conference paper metrics

Best publications 

You may be asked for a list of your best publications or similar, for grant applications and promotions. 

The criteria for “best” or “top” publications might include:  

  • your highest cited publications 

  • citation percentiles of your publications 

  • papers on which you were the first or final author (according to importance in your field) 

  • the ranking of the journals in which you published 

  • impact (e.g. influence on government policy, commercial applicability) 

  • your own choice 

The tools listed below and in the Journal metrics section can help you find metrics to define your best publications. 

  • Metrics for individual articles/conference papers

    You can see citation counts and some other metrics for individual articles using the following tools. 

    • Web of Science 
      - Search for an article by title 
      - From the results page, see “Times cited” information to the right of the article result 
      - To see the number of citations by year, click on “Create citation report” 

    • Scopus 
      - Search for an article by title, and click on it 
      - On the Document Details page, select “View all metrics” (top right) 
      - This shows number of citations total, by year, citation benchmarking, and Field-Weighted Citation Impact. 

    • Google Scholar 
      - Search for an article by title 
      - See “Cited by” figure under article result 

    Not all of your articles may appear in all of these databases, as they do not all index the same journals, and may also be limited by date range. 

    Other specialised subject databases or publishing platforms may have their own article level metrics. You can access these directly by searching the relevant databases.  


    Some of your publications may have had impact outside/beyond the academic world. You can use alternative metrics (altmetrics) to demonstrate this impact. 

    • Altmetric Explorer 
      You can track social media, news, government and policy mentions of your journal articles and conference papers via Altmetric Explorer. These mentions can be used to make a case for the wider impact of your research. 

    The University of Adelaide has its own Altmetric Explorer portal, and all university outputs are tracked automatically. You can search for individual publications from the Search box (top right) or the Advanced Search page (click “Edit Search” at top).  

    • Scopus 
      Scopus also features PlumX Metrics for individual articles. These can be viewed from the Document Details page by selecting “View all metrics” (top right). 

  • Metrics for your articles/conference papers as a set

    If your articles and conference papers are indexed in a database like Web of Science, Scopus, or Google, you can also view metrics for your output as a set, rather than having to look each paper up individually. 

     - Click the Author Search tab, and search for yourself by name, ORCiD, or ResearcherID 
    - Select the correct Author listing(s) and click on the name 
    - You can now view a list of your publications, which you can order by citation count, first/last/corresponding author, and export and analyse as a set. 

    Reference Guide: Analysis of author outputs using Web of Science  

    Reference guides: 
    Using InCites to collect metrics on a researcher: overview report
    Using InCites to collect metrics on a researcher: customised report

    - Click on the Author search tab, and search for yourself by name or ORCiD 
    - Select the correct Author listing and click on the name, or “Show documents” > “Analyse search results” 
    - You can now view a list of your publications, which you can order by citation count or first author and export and analyse as a set. 

    Reference guide: Analysis of author outputs using Scopus 

    Reference guide:  Using SciVal to find a researcher and view key metrics 

    - Create a Google Scholar profile 
    - All your claimed articles and citation counts can be viewed here.