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Demonstrating Impact

Tools for tracking your publications and their impact

ORCID  (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)
Make your work easier to find among the global network of scholarship. ORCHID "provides a persistent identifier that unambiguously distinguishes you as the author or creator of your published works in systems that adopt ORCID"

The h-index  is a method of measuring the productivity and impact of a researcher's work. A researcher is said to have an index of h if h of h/er papers have been cited at least h times each. Google Scholar Citations, Publish or Perish, and Web of Science all include h-index values.

Google Scholar Citations
A simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. (Google Scholar provides an h-index for an author only if the author has created a user profile for themselves. GS then provides an h-index and lists the articles used to arrive at that number.)

Publish or Perish
"A software program that retrieves and analyzes academic citations. It uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these and presents the following statistics: total number of papers, total number of citations, average number of citations per paper, average number of citations per author, average number of papers per author, average number of citations per year, Hirsch's h-index and related parameters, Egghe's g-index, the contemporary h-index, the age-weighted citation rate, two variations of individual h-indices, an analysis of the number of authors per paper."


Web of Science Citation Searching (tutorial)
While ISI (the publisher of Web of Science) is selective in the journals it includes in its databases, citation searching in Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index are useful methods of tracking citations to your works. To find an h-index for an author search or use the Author Finder. (If the name is common you will need to do a lot of refining using topics, institutions, and years). When you have a good list of articles, use Create Citation Report to see the h-index.


Journal Evaluation Tools

These resources utilize various statistical measures to quantitify the impact (a proxy for significance) of the journals they include. A couple of caveast: there is not tool that analyzes all scholarly journals; some disciplines are more thoroughly covered than others.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) 
Searchable by title, subject or publisher, the JCR allows you to identify the most frequently cited journals in a field, as well as  a journal's Impact Factor, Eigenfactor, Article Influence score, citation counts and other data. Only the journals with the highest impact factors (using JCR's metrics) are included.

Eigenfactor Search Tool  
Use this tool to learn the Article Influence (AI), a measure of a journal's prestige based on per article citations and comparable to Impact Factor and the Eigenfactor (EF), a measure of the overall value provided by all of the articles published in a given journal in a year

SCImago Journal & Country Rank  
Use this resource to evaluate journals indexed in the science and social science database Scopus. Rankings include SCImage Journal Rank (SJR), H Index, as well as comparisons among journal titles, journal documents, total cites and cites per document. Countries can be sorted by total of published documents, document citations, cites per document and H Index.

Journal Cost Effectiveness 2011 Search Tool 
Use this search engine to find internationally-published journals and rank them by price per article or citation.


Altmetrics - Emerging methods for quantifying impact

Networked digital technologies have made the dissemination and tracking of scholarly information much easier and faster. Altmetric methodologies are described in this powerpoint presentation.  Be sure to download the presentation so that the notes for the slides are available.

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