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Measuring Research: Introduction

Using this guide

This guide directs you to the key tools for measuring your research impact. Impact metrics can be of use in:

  • deciding where to publish
  • applying for funding
  • applying for promotion
  • applying for a position
  • writing bursary applications
  • comparing research performance
  • benchmarking institutions or researchers
  • seeking collaborative opportunities
  • creating your PBRF portfolio

Try your relevant Divisional tab. If you are part of a multidisciplinary team or work across Divisions, dip into as many tabs as you think might be helpful.

Additional tabs direct you to short Tips & Guides (many produced specifically for Otago researchers),  Readings (articles and websites) and also Feedback.

If you have any questions, contact your Subject Librarian. They will be very happy to help!

Workshops and training

Subject Librarians can work with academics and postgraduate students, individually or as a group, to discuss the best research measurement tools for your discipline. Workshops for postgraduates, on and off campus, are held throughout the year.

The Library offers training on using research measurement tools, including Publish or Perish to analyse Google Scholar data. This will be of particular interest if your work has limited representation in Web of Science or Scopus.

Other useful resources

SciVal - powerful NEW product to assess research performance! From Dec 2014

SciVal allows you to assess research performance by country, institution, research groups and individuals.

  • Visualise research performance - by research area, publications, citations, collaboration, and competencies
  • Benchmark your progress with key metrics - create and compare researchers, research groups and institutions
  • Locate collaborative partnerships and mentors - analyse existing and potential opportunities
  • Identify research strengths and shortcomings at institutional level

Contact your Subject Librarian now for access to, and support with this powerful research impact product, whether you are working in management or research, or updating your research profile.


Support tools:

Help Me Publish


Avoid publication pitfalls and increase your readership.

HelpMePublish is a new kind of crowdsourced tool designed at Otago, to help researchers analyse, harness and contribute to the publication of research.

The HMP app for mobile devices provides databases on 13 major subject areas containing information on more than 6000 reputable academic journals provided by journal editors, subject experts and academic users. 

Watch the video, or for more information about the HelpMePublish project go to

Databases include:

Chemistry - Computing - Ecology - Economics - Education - English - Evolution - Genetics - Geography - Marketing - Media, Film & Communication - Philosophy - Physical Education - more coming soon…

Download the HMP app at our App  Store page  or

V2.0 free to academics the world over, from 12 August 2015.

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The database displays live data as it is contributed by journal editors (including acceptance rates and refereeing policies) and academics via the app’s built-in journal rating questionnaire.