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Research impact for Education: a self-help guide

Discipline differences

Disciplines and research fields may display unique citation patterns and behaviors.
  • Journal articles are the primary output for many disciplines
  • Monographs and book chapters are particularly important for many disciplines within the humanities and social sciences
  • Conference contributions are important for computer scientists and engineers
  • Art works, artefacts and practice-based outputs are likely to play an important role for arts-based disciplines
  • Other outputs might include audio-visual recordings, technical drawings, patents, website content, software, exhibitions, working papers, research reports, policy documents, etc.
  • The outputs in education is predominated by authored books, book chapters in edited books, journal articles, research reports for external bodies, etc.

Citation counts

Citation counts for traditional research outputs are easy to find via mainstream indexes such as:

Alternative sources are needed for tracking grey literature such as reports.

  • Capital Monitor
  • Factiva
  • A+ Education
  • Proquest Central
  • Proquest Dissertations and Theses Global

Scopus Cited By


Schwartz, H. A., Eichstaedt, J. C., Kern, M. L., Dziurzynski, L., Ramones, S. M., Agrawal, M., & ... Ungar, L. H. (2013). Personality, gender, and age in the language of social media: The open-vocabulary approach. Plos ONE, 8(9), 1-16. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073791


1. Go to Scopus

2. Click on Documents to search for individual publications.

3. Enclose the title within double quotes (phrase search) and search

Step 1 - Document Search for indexed publication


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Step 2 - Search result based on document search

Scopus indexed publication search result with citation counts

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Step 3 - Document Search result page details view

Scopus document search result details view

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Step 4 - View all metrics to get to metric details for the document

The screen is divided by (1) Scopus Metrics at the top and (2) PlumX Metrics below that in the screen layout

WoS Cited By


Disabato, D. J., Goodman, F. R., Kashdan, T. B., Short, J. L., & Jarden, A. (2016). Different types of well-being? A cross-cultural examination of hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. Psychological Assessment, 28(5), 471-482.


1. Go to Web of Science

2. Click on ‘Authors’ to search for publications via the Author search module.

3. Enter author surname and first initial in labeled boxes

4. Click ‘Search’

5. Scroll down the page to 'View as set of results'

6. Either scroll through the results to find the publication, or 'Search within the results'

Citation counts for individual publications can be found by performing a title search


Web of Science Displaying the citing publications from the hyperlink

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Google Scholar cited by



Schwartz, H. A., Eichstaedt, J. C., Kern, M. L., Dziurzynski, L., Ramones, S. M., Agrawal, M., & ... Ungar, L. H. (2013). Personality, gender, and age in the language of social media: The open-vocabulary approach. Plos ONE, 8(9), 1-16. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0073791


1. Go to Google Scholar

2. Type the full name of the author in this format author:"first last"

3. If a profile exists for the author, it will appear at the top of the results list

4. Click on the link to view the profile, list of publications and citation counts.

Citation counts can be accessed from the Google Scholar Citation profile. A search can also be done for individual publications.


Google Scholar publication metrics in author profile

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