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Research Impact for Law - a self help guide for academics

A guide to measuring your own research impact with a focus on Law resources

Finding Publication level metrics

Your publication's citation metrics are demonstrated by the number of times the work has been cited by others. For Law,  these results can be best found by systemically searching your publication's title across numerous Law and multidisciplinary databases.

Preparation tips:

  • approach this task systematically, one publication title and one databases at a time.
  • Use a template (see below)

  • develop meaningful folders for data management

General search tips:

  • Apply exact phrase searching techniques. To search by phrase simply put quotation marks ("...") around the terms you are searching.
  • With longer publication titles, keyword searches combined with author names can generate better results.
  • Always search full text to capture all possible results.

Citation notes:

  • IMPORTANT: Remove ‘self-citations’ where you have cited your own work. However, include citing works that have been co-authored
  • IMPORTANT: When searching for citations from an edited book you can only list citations directly to the whole book and citations on chapters written by you. Consequently, you may have to investigate results further by opening the document.
  • Please note citation databases like Google Scholar and Web of Science can sometimes make errors, assigning citing papers incorrectly. Harvesting citations from a number of different databases can also cause issues, some of the references may be incomplete, since their metadata varies in quality.

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