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Scholarly Impact

Learn how to use various tools to evaluate scholarly output.


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 - Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar - illustrating the number of times an author or published work has been cited.
  • Altmetrics is a means of measuring a scholar's impact based on their presence in the social web using online tools and environments.

Metrics Toolkit is a new source which provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where you can find it, and how each should (and should not) be applied.  You’ll also find examples of how to use metrics in grant applications, CVs, and promotion dossiers. There are two ways to use the Toolkit. Explore metrics to quickly look up the metrics you want to learn more about, by name. Or you can choose metrics that are best for your unique use case by filtering based on the broad discipline, research output, and desired impact.

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

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.



Experts@Syracuse is a powerful tool that enables new insights into the scholarly expertise and collaborative opportunities that exist within Syracuse University and beyond. It is designed to help faculty members, departments, and potential collaborators identify who is working in what research or scholarly areas at Syracuse University. It also matches profiled researchers to grant opportunities. To request an account or for more information, see the Experts@Syracuse FAQ page.