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4. Figshare
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5. Wellcome Open Research
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6. Science disrupt
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7. sciNote
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Crowdfunding platform for biomedical & healthcare research.

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Visual bibliographic search tool. Search tool based on PubMed that helps biomedical scientists with their research, discovery work and collaboration.

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impact factor11Measuring Your Research Impact: Impact (h-index)

Use this guide to find information about:
  • Overview of Research Metrics
  • Journal Impact Factor •Author Impact (h-index)
  • Researcher Profile & Alternative Metrics

The Purpose of this Guide

This guide presents the tools that are available to measure the quantitative and qualitative impact of research; as well as how to track researcher impact.


What is an h-index?

The h-index is an index to quantify an individual’s scientific research output. The index attempts to measure both the scientific productivity and the apparent scientific impact of a scientist. It is based on the set of the researcher's most cited papers and the number of citations that was received through other people's publications.


Citation Analysis: Scopus

Citation analysis involves counting the number of times an article is cited by other works to measure the impact of a publicaton or author.  There is no single citation analysis tool, however, that collects all publications and their cited references.  For a thorough analysis of the impact of an author or a publication, one needs to look in multiple databases to find all possible cited references.  Scopus and Google Scholar can be used to identify cited works as illustrated below.


Find your h-index using Scopus

Login to Scopus, then: 

  • Click on the Author search tab. Enter the Author's name in the search box.  If you are using initials for the first and/or second name, enter periods after the initials (e.g. Smith J.T.). 
  • To ensure accuracy, enter University of the Western Cape in the affiliation field. 
  • Click Search and then on the relevant profile.  Under the Research section, you will see the h-index listed. If you have worked at more than one institution, your name may appear twice with 2 separate H-Index ratings.  Select the check box next to each relevant profile, and click Show documents.


Citation Analysis: Google Scholar

Search for cited references in Google Scholar,which provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles.

You can check who is citing your publications, produce a graph for the citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name, e.g., Professor Roy Maartens, SKA/ SARChI Professor in Atronomy & Astrophysics, UWC.


Find your h-index using Google Scholar

Google Scholar Citations
Using your google (gmail) account, create a profile of all your articles captured in Google Scholar.  This will show all the times the articles have been cited by other documents in Google Scholar.  Its your choice whether you make your profile public or private but when you make it public, you can link to it from own webpages. Your h-index will be automatically calculated.


Harzing's Publish or Perish (PoP

Publish or Perish searches Google Scholar.  After searching by your name, deselect from the list of articles retrieved those that you did not author.  Your h-index will appear at the top of the tool. Note:This tool must be downloaded to use.



Find your h-index using Scopus

Find your h-index using Google Scholar

impact factor11Measuring Your Research Impact: Altmetrics

Use this guide to find information about:
  • Overview of Research Metrics
  • Journal Impact Factor •Author Impact (h-index)
  • Researcher Profile & Alternative Metrics

The Purpose of this Guide

This guide presents the tools that are available to measure the quantitative and qualitative impact of research; as well as how to track researcher impact.



Advantages of Altmetrics 

A clearer understanding of impact, showing which scholarly work are read, discussed, saved and suggested, as well as cited.

  1. It offers more current data, viewing impact of it in days, instead of years.
  2. Keep track on the impact of online scholarly products like datasets, software, blog posts and videos.
  3. It shows the impacts on diverse audiences, from scholars to practitioners, clinicians, educators and the general public.

[Taken from: Altmetrics: What, Why and Where?]


What is Altmetrics?

The internet has transformed scholarly communication, including the traditional process of measuring the impact of published research. Altmetrics is the alternative metric to using only journal impact factor and personal indices (e.g. the H-index) to quantify the reach and impact of publications of individual researchers. It has its roots in the twitter #altmetrics hashtag since 2010. Altmetrics does not substitute citation counts or the H-index, but complements the article impact within the scholarly community and beyond. Citations are slow to accumulate and often overlook new forms of scholarly content through datasets, software and scholarly blogs.

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Tools for Altmetrics

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Altmetric tools allow researchers to collect and share the broad impact of their research. Below are some of the more popular tools:

  • Altmetric.com - offers a service called the Altmetric score, which is a single-number summary of the attention an article has received online.  Sources tracked include social and traditional media, comments on publications from peer-review websites, reference managers like Mendeley as well as public policy documents.
  • Impact Story - allows researchers to create an online profile that gathers usage data from the many online research-sharing platforms such as YouTube, Wikipedia, Vimeo, Slideshare, Scopus, PubMed, PLoS, Mendeley, Figshare, Dryad, Delicious, CiteULike, Twitter, blogs and Facebook. Profile data can be exported for further analysis, and users can receive alerts about new impacts.
  • Plum Analytics - offers unique metrics such as WorldCat holdings and downloads and pageviews from some publishers, institutional repositories and EBSCO databases. The service is available via a subscription. There is a free demo version available.


Altmetrics and Open Access

There is an association between altmetrics and open access, as data comes from open sources. Altmetrics can be embedded into institutional repositories or third-party systems. Open access research outputs are promoted via social web applications and has higher visibility and accessibility than those published within subscription-based journals. This may increase the level of engagement by the public.



What is Article-Level Metrics?

Article-Level Metrics (ALMs) provides a new approach to quantify the reach and impact of individual articles. Historically, the impact of research was measured at the journal level only. If a journal had a high impact factor, by association, all the artices within the journal were viewed as impactful. As research is now disseminated electronically, individual journal articles can now be evaluated on its merit, regardless of the citation impact of the publication in which it appears. ALMs incorporate the traditional measures (e.g. times cited), as well as the new data sources (e.g. tweets) to provide an even broader view of the performance and reach of an article.

An example of ALMs used in journals publised by the Public Library of Science:


Scholarly peer networks

  • Academia.edu, a platform for academics to share research papers, has incorporated impact metrics, which includes profile views, document views and country based page traffic.
  • Mendeley, a reference manager, allows researchers to chart the views and downloads of their research through the portal.
  • ResearchGate, a social networking site for researchers to share their papers, find collaborators, ask and answer questions and receive stats about downloads and citations of research. Many UWC researchers already use ResearchGate. 
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN), comprises of 20 specialised subject networks, has metrics that include citations, top papers, top authors and top institutions.
  • VIVO, an interdisciplinary network whch allows collaboration and discovery of researchers within and between institutions.  VIVO contains researchers' profiles, which includes their publications, teaching modules and affiliations. Institutions need to have a local installation of VIVO to participate in the network.
  • Research Blogging allows readers to easily find blog posts about serious peer-reviewed research, instead of just news reports and press releases.


Publishers and information providers using ALMs

A few publishers have incorporated Article Level Metrics (ALMs) to their publishing platform to evaluate the usage and reach of individual articles, which can include Altmetrics, which is increasingly being applied in scholarly publications: 

  • BioMed Central: Each article page gives details about different data sources for that article. This includes the Altmetric score and the traditional metrics.
  • BMJ: The Altmetric score appears with each article published in BMJ Journals. Nature Publishing Group  is another publisher that has incorporated  the Altmetric score.
  • HighWire: This ePublishing platform has changed so that the impact of individual articles can be measured.
  • Public Library of Science (PLoS): Upon publication, every article published by PLoS can be evaluated at article level.
  • Elsevier: The Scopus database of this publisher has incorporated ALMs in its search results, including applying Altmetrics to the journal article.


Further Reading

Adie, E. and Roe, W. (2013). "Altmetric: Enriching Scholarly Content with Article-Level Discussion and Metrics." Learned Publishing 26(1): 11-17.

Alperin, J. (2013). "Ask Not What Altmetrics Can Do for You, but What Altmetrics Can Do for Developing Countries."Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 39(4): 18-21.

Howard, J. (2012) "Scholars Seek Better Ways to Track Impact Online" The Chronicle of Higher Education, 5 November.

LSE Impact of Social Sciences blog, a blog that share best practice on research and keeps the research community up to date with events and new developmens in this area.

PLOS Article-Level Metrics (ALMs): measuring the impact of research

Priem, J. Piwowar, H.A. & Hemminger, Bradley M. (2012)Altmetrics in the Wild: Using Social Media to Explore Scholarly Impact  

Tananbaum, G. (2013). Article level metrics: a SPARC primer

Terras. M. (2012)  'Open access and the Twitter effect'

impact factor11Measuring Your Research Impact: Researcher Profile

Use this guide to find information about:
  • Overview of Research Metrics
  • Journal Impact Factor •Author Impact (h-index)
  • Researcher Profile & Alternative Metrics

The Purpose of this Guide

This guide presents the tools that are available to measure the quantitative and qualitative impact of research; as well as how to track researcher impact.


Why set up a Researcher Profile?

The main reason for setting up a profile is as a way to have all your publications listed in the one place. This makes it easy for others to easily identify your work. It is also useful for author disambiguation purposes - different databases display author names differently, and if you have a common name it can be difficult for others to easily identify your work. The tools listed on this page allow you to create a profile with a unique identifier that you can use to identify your output. It is important to note, however, that you do need to keep them up-to-date yourself and ensure that all your publications are included.


Additional Tools to set up your Researcher Profile

There are several tools you can use to promote your research. Below is a list of some of them. This page gives more information on each tool:



Academia.edu is used by academics to share their research, monitor the impact of their work and track the publications produced by academics they follow.



ORCIDORCID stands for Open Researcher & Contributor ID.  It is an international, interdisciplinary non-profit organization allowing researchers to attain a unique and persistent digital identifier.  A key benefit of ORCID is that it helps solve name ambiguity in research and scholarly communications by creating a central registry of unique identifiers for individual researchers.

Scopus is linked to ORCID, allowing researchers to export their existing author information without the manual effort of adding it into the ORCID site itself. This is done by using their existing Scopus Author ID.


Google Scholar

Google Scholar allows you to set up a profile which contains your publications. The profile also provides you with various author metrics, such as h-index. In order to set up your profile, you need to have a Google account.


To create your profile:

  1. Go to http://scholar.google.com and click the "My Citations" link at the top of the page.
  2. Log in with an existing Google account, or create a new one.
  3. Complete the form with your details, and click the "Next step" button.
  4. Review the list of publications, and use the "Add" button to add them to your profile. When you've added them all, click the "Next step" button.
  5. Choose how you would like to deal with changes to publication and citation data, and click the "Go to my profile" button to view your profile.
  6. If there are articles you've written which don't appear in your list of publications on your profile, you can add them manually by selecting "Add" from the "Actions" drop-down menu.
  7. To make your profile public, click on either the "Make my profile public" link in the yellow box at the top of the page, or the "edit" link next to "My profile is private".



To access scientific knowledge and make your research visible, create a profile on ResearchGate. It allows you to connect with peers and collaborate with specialists in your field.

LinkedIn is a professional career service where you can manage your network, find jobs and market your profile.


What is the Scopus Author Identifier?

Many authors have similar names. The Scopus Author Identifier distinguishes between these names by assigning each author in Scopus a unique number and grouping together all of the documents written by that author.  

This is especially useful for distinguishing between authors who share very common names like Smith or Wang or Lee.   Additionally, author names in Scopus can be formatted differently. For example, the same author could appear in one document as Lewis, M; in another as Lewis, M.J; and in another as Lewis, Michael. Scopus Author Identifier matches the documents of this author and groups these name variants together so that authors, even if cited differently, are identified with their specific papers.   This helps you find and recognize an author, despite variations in name spelling.

View Searching for Authors in Scopus tutorial


How do I request corrections to Author Details in Scopus?

To request corrections to author details:

  1. Run an Author search for the author.
  2. On the search results page, click on the author name.
  3. On the Author details page, click Request author detail corrections.
  4. Complete the Scopus Author Feedback form to provide feedback or report errors.







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impact factor11Measuring Your Research Impact: Journal Impact Factor

Use this guide to find information about:

  • Overview of Research Metrics
  • Journal Impact Factor •Author Impact (h-index)
  • Researcher Profile & Alternative Metrics

The Purpose of this Guide

This guide presents the tools that are available to measure the quantitative and qualitative impact of research; as well as how to track researcher impact.


What is Journal Impact Factor?

Journal Impact Factor is a measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a given period of time.


 Scopus Journal Analyser

The Scopus Journal Analyzer provides a measure of journal performance. Scopus includes over 21 000 peer-reviewed publications from 5,000 publishers; the Analyzer enables you to compare up to 10 journals simultaneously, back to 1996.

The Scopus Journal Analyzer includes 2 journal metrics:

 journal metrics

  1. SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) is a prestige measure based on the idea that all citations are not created equal. With SJR, the subject field, quality and reputation have a direct effect on the value of a citation. (About SJR)
  2. SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) measures citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a specific subject field. The impact of a single citation is given higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely, and vice versa. (About SNIP)


To use Journal Analyzer:

  • Login to Scopus, then select Analyze Journal  from the bar at the top. Search using journal title, ISSN or publisher. Limits can be applied by using Scopus Subject Categories. View Scopus Journal Analyser Tutorial.

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