Citation metrics are based on the number of times a work is cited, as a indicator of the quality of the work: the more citations, potentially the greater the impact.
Citation data is available from citation databases, discipline specific databases, and through an emerging range of alternative metrics.
Citation counts are not comparable across disciplines, e.g. citation counts in Social Sciences and Humanities are lower because researchers are more often publishing in books and conference papers that are not well covered by citation databases.
Alternative metrics can measure broader, societal impact of your published work, eg, downloads or readings, tweets, reviews, or impact on communities, health, environmental benefits, commercialisation or economic value.
Cited reference searching is the process of seeking when an article, book, journal, or particular author is cited in another work. Gathering a citation's impact can help the researcher:
Citation metrics are only as good as the citation data indexed in each resource. No citation database indexes all published works, and no citation database covers all subject areas equally.
Keep a record/spreadsheet of all citations to your published work so you can build a sense of your research impact.
Misleading metrics, if used, can incorrectly measure your research impact.
Article databases often have access to subsequent research that cites your paper/s. Look for the links to:
or check your Researcher Profile for tools that identify you as an author.
How do you measure usage of your published work, e.g. downloads or readings, tweets, reviews, or impact on communities, health, environmental benefits, commercialisation or economic value?
Altmetrics are alternative approaches to measuring the impact of a scholarly work, as demonstrated by users' interest in and engagement with it. Altmetrics track mentions of a work in social media outlets such as Twitter, blog posts, and research networking sites, plus use in newspapers or government policy documents. Altmetrics include the evidence of user activity tracked by publishers and indexing databases, such as PDF downloads, page views, and exports of citations to reference management systems.
Altmetrics aim to complement traditional research impact and quality measures, by showing a more complete picture of how readers engage with and use scholarly information.
Expand the audience for your research through professional social networks. Create a profile to list and share your publications and other research outputs.These networks provide altmetrics about who is reading and sharing your research and where online communication about it occurs. See Researcher Networks