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Resources for Measuring Impact
Traditional citation metrics include Article-Level Metrics, Journal-Level Metrics (JIFs), and Author-Level Metrics (h-index, g-index, eigenfactor, etc). Use this guide to find out more, including tools for assessing citation impact.
Altmetrics are alternatives to traditional citation metrics. They can include Saves, Mentions, Annotation, Shares, Views, WorldCat holdings, Adaptations, Forks, Likes, Referring sites, Reviews or comments, and more.
They may be more useful for assessing the impact of work outside of journal articles. See this guide for tips and tools.
Resource for researchers and evaluators that provides guidance for demonstrating and evaluating claims of research impact.
Get email notifications any time that Google finds new results on a topic you’re interested in.
Google Scholar Citations
Use the Google Scholar Alerts to be notified of new citations to your work.
Publish or Perish
Software download that uses Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search to obtain citations and show: Total number of papers, total number of citations, average citations per paper, citations per author, papers per author, and citations per year; Hirsch's h-index and related parameters; Egghe's g-index; h-index; and more.
Free to use. "Impactstory is an open-source, web-based tool that helps scientists explore and share the diverse impacts of all their research products. By helping scientists tell data-driven stories about their impacts, we're helping to build a new scholarly reward system that values and encourages web-native scholarship. We’re funded by the National Science Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation."
Free bookmarklet for Chrome, Firefox and Safari to view the online shares and mentions of an article with a single click.
Scopus Author Profile
Free author lookup to search for any author and view citation data (specific to Scopus)
Free platform for explaining your research in plain language, and managing how you communicate around it – so you can understand how best to increase its impact.
Free citation and document management software for Mac, Windows and Linux. Can also be used to connect with other researchers and track citations and saves of your own work.
You can also search for citation and altmetrics data manually. Some examples are:
- Locate views and downloads directly on the publisher or repository website
- Look at star ratings and reviews on Amazon
- Search for references to your work in Google Books
- Identify how many libraries own your book using WorldCat