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Last Updated: Nov 16, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Using this guide

This guide directs you to the key tools for measuring your research impact:

  • when deciding where to publish
  • when applying for funding
  • when applying for promotion
  • when applying for a position
  • for writing bursary applications
  • used during PBRF 2012



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

    HelpMePublish - new app launched 5 Dec 2013! Free from 13 Aug 2014...


    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

    Free to University of Otago academics and students from 13 August 2014.

                                      Screenshot sample:

            Journal Details Screenshot

    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. 


      What's New?

      We're constantly updating this guide as we discover new resources:

      • Scirev - added October 2014
        Search by journal or discipline for information about acceptance rates, duration of the first review round, total handling time, number of reviewers, and quality of the reviews. Select an efficient journal for submitting your manuscripts.
      • Maximising the Impacts of your Research: A Handbook for Social Scientists
        London School of Economics, the University of Leeds and Imperial College have been working on a ‘Research Impacts’ project aimed at developing precise methods for measuring and evaluating the impact of research in the public sphere, using sound and evidence-based advice and guidance on how to ensure that your work achieves its maximum visibility and influence with both academic and external audiences.
      • Google Scholar Metrics
        Google Scholar Metrics summarize recent citations to many publications, to help authors as they consider where to publish their new research. NEW - now grouped by subject area, November 2012
      • Google Scholar - My Citations
        Track and graph citations to your publications, compute citation metrics. View publications by colleagues and their citation metrics. Create a public profile that can appear in Google Scholar when someone searches for your name.
      • Scholarly Communication Guide
        Assists emerging and established researchers with scholarly communication and publishing process - includes research networks, professionalism and ethics, rights, document management, call for papers, publishing, Open Access, research repositories, and support advice.

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