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Research Support

A guide to library services and resources available to support researchers at the University of Melbourne.

Journal Directories & Finding Tools

Tools to measure researcher impact

Other tools to measure researcher impact

Google Scholar 

  • covers many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.
  • Google Scholar Citations: free citation service providing a simple way for authors to compute their citation metrics and track them over time.

Google Scholar Help and Advanced Scholar search tips  


 Publish or Perish  (PoP)

  • Free software that analyses citations using Google Scholar data.
  • Developed by Professor Anne-Wil Harzing (University of Melbourne).  
  • Indexes citations in academic journals (includes Web of Science or Scopus listed titles, and also those freely available on the internet), also citations in books, conference proceedings, white papers and government reports.
  • Journal impact can be assessed using Hirsch’s h-index.  
  • Use Journal Impact search and search for individual journal titles. Tip: use "quotes" around journal titles as Google Scholar in not sensitive to word order.
  • Comparisions between journals can be done using Multi-query center. Run indivdual journal title searches in Journal Impact search then view them in the Multi-query center.
  • Locate journal titles to target for articles submission. e.g. journals that publish articles on your research topic and  compare citation impact (use General Citations search> Phrase search).
  • Publish or Perish Book available in UM Libraries.


  • a scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science.