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Research impact for Education: a self-help guide

Where to find researcher metrics

There are multiple sources of metrics to benchmark the esteem of the researcher.   This guide provides step-by-step instructions and general guidance on a range of sources.  The key data sources and critical metrics differs from discipline to discipline.  To help you evaluate which tools and metrics are available to build your specific case, use the Metrics Toolkit.

Data sources for researcher esteem
Web of Science

Web of Science Core Collection provides access to authoritative, multidisciplinary content in over 22,000 journals  including Open Access and conference proceedings. 

Offers a suite of author-level related metrics to demonstrate your imprint:

  • H-Index
  • Total publications
  • Average citations per item
  • Total Citing articles
  • Citing articles without self-citations
  • Highly Cited papers
  • Hot papers
Incites InCites is a citation-based evaluation and benchmarking tool for academic and government administrators to analyze institutional productivity and benchmark output against peers and aspirational peers in a national or international context. 

Scopus provides access to over 23700 peer-reviewed journals (including Open Access journals), 166000 books and conference papers in the Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Social Sciences.

Variety of author-level type metrics to demonstrate researcher impact:

  • H-Index
  • Cited documents
  • Total citations

SciVal offers access to the research data of 8500 research institutions of 220 nations.

Data linked to research-peformance can be graphed/ tabled to show performance relative to peers and also used to target collaborative partnership development. 

Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar searches across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.

Author-level type metrics to demonstrate researcher impact:

  • Citations (all time)
  • Citations (last 5 years)
  • h-Index (all time)
  • h-Index (last 5 years)
  • i10-Index (all time)
  • i10-Index (last 5 years)
Publish or Perish

Publish or Perish retrieves and analyses academic citations using data from Google Scholar, and Microsoft Academic Search to obtain raw citation data and then compute the metrics below:

  • Total number of citations
  • Citations per year, and many more
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