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Scholarly Impact

Learn how to use various tools to evaluate scholarly output.

Introduction

Discovering and documenting one's research impact is an important part of the scholarly process. This guide is designed to help you understand the methods and tools available for documenting impact.

  • Journal Metrics shows tools for determining highly-cited journals
  • Citation Metrics Includes instructions for performing cited reference searches in three major resources - Scoups, Web of Science, and Google Scholar - illustrating the number of times an author or published work has been cited.
  • Altmetrics is a new means of measuring a scholar's impact based on their presence in the social web using online tools and environments.

Getting Started

To be sure that your scholarly impact is accurately represented, we recommend that you do three things:

1. Register for ORCID

ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification) is an initiative to provide researchers and scholars with a persistent, unique identifier. This will enable individuals to get recognized for all their scholarly output, in both established and emerging media. With broad-based support from publishers, academic institutions, and funders, ORCID registration and services are free to individuals. Sign up at http://about.orcid.org/.

2. Claim your Google Scholar profile in Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their scholarly output. It provides publication information, graphs citations over time (non-customizable), and computes various citation metrics. Google Scholar profiles may be made public and then may appear in search results.

3. Link identities

Link identifiers created in other databases such as Scopus (Author Identifier) and Web of Science (ResearcherID). Both of these platforms support ORCID and enable linking. Also verify that items in these databases are correctly attributed to you.