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Measuring Research Impact

Learn about journal metrics, author metrics and altmetrics.

Measuring the Impact of Your Research

You may be asked to demonstrate the impact of your work for the purposes of grant applications, progress reports and renewals, or performance reviews, tenure, and promotion.  Traditionally, this has meant providing your number of publications, and the number of citations that those publications have received.

You can capture citation information with:

A citation report
The h-Index
  • The number of papers (h) that have received h or more citations
  • An h-index of 10 means that an author has 10 articles that have each received 10 or more citations
  • Measure of the cumulative impact of an author's publications
  • Attempt to measure quantity (number of publications) and quality (number of citations received)
  • Find in Web of Science, Scopus or Google Scholar
Think beyond peer-reviewed publications

The peer-reviewed article is no longer the only acceptable measure of a researcher's contribution to science.  When asked to demonstrate the impact of your research, consider including:

  • Conference abstracts, posters or other presentations
  • Data sets
  • Audio or video productions
  • Patents
  • Protocols
  • Educational or curricular materials
  • Software
  • Peer review or editorial work

Create Citation Report in Web of Science

Search for citations by author

There are two method by which you can do this:

Method 1

  • In the search box on the Web of Science homepage, enter the author's last name, followed by the initial of the first name.  Select Author from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.
  • Click Add Another Field below the search box.  Enter affiliation information and choose Organization-Enhanced from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box.  It is not necessary to enter an affiliation, but this will help narrow your results, particularly if you have a common last name.

Method 2

  • On the Web of Science homepage, click More+ from the options above the search box, then select Author Search.
  • Enter author's name. 
  • Choose a research domain and organization(s).  It is not necessary to choose a research domain and organization, but doing so will narrow your results.

Author search in Web of Science

screenshot of Web of Science search with Author Search highlighted

Create report
  • Click Article Groups link at the top of the author search results page.
  • Check the box next to the author names that match your search, then click View Records.
  • Click Create Citation Report at the top of the records page.  Note that, in addition to journal articles, the records may include conference proceedings and books.

Create citation report in Web of Science

Screenshot of Web of Science search results with Create Citation Report link highlighted

Export report to Excel
  • Choose Save to Excel File from the Export Data drop-down menu at the top of the citation report.

Export citation report to Excel

Screenshot of Web of Science citation report with Save to Excel File link highlighted

Create Citation Report in Scopus

Search for citations by author
  • Click the Authors tab on the Scopus homepage.
  • Enter the author's name and affiliation.
  • A list of authors who meet your search criteria will be displayed.  Your name may appear more than once.  To ensure that all author results are displayed, check Show profile matches with one document box at the top of the page.
Create citation report:
  • Click the boxes next to correct author profile(s).
  • Click View citation overview link at the top of the results.

Author results page in Scopus

Screenshot of Scopus Author results page with link to View Citation overview highlighted

Export citation report to Excel:
  • Click Export at the top of the Citation overview page.

Citation overview page in Scopus

screenshot of Scopus Citation overview page with Export link highlighted

Create Profile in Google Scholar Citations

Compare Yourself to Other Authors

Essential Science Indicators can answer questions like:

  • Who are the most-cited authors in my field?
  • What journals publish the top papers in my field?
  • What is the average number of citations per article in my field?
  • What is the minimum number of citations that my article needs to receive to be in the 10% percentile in my field?

Get Credit for Peer Review

In Publons, you can:

  • Control what information is displayed on your public profile, such as publisher, journal, article title and review content
  • Generate a printable version of your peer review and editorial history, which can be added to your CV or grant applications
  • Compare your peer review and editorial contributions to others in your discipline or at your institution

Get an Author Identifier

It can be difficult to capture all the publications by one researcher due to authors publishing under multiple variations of the same name, common names, name changes, and different cultural conventions in naming.

Author identifiers are unique identifiers that allow you to distinguish yourself from other researchers, and unambiguously associate yourself with your work.