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Measuring Research Impact  

Use bibliometrics to measure the impact of your publications
Last Updated: Aug 6, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Key Areas

Journal based metrics - these can help you decide where to publish

  • E.g. Impact factors, Eigenfactors

People and article based metrics - these can help you track your own impact

  • E.g. times cited of articles, h-index

Profiling & Identify - services to track your impact

  • E.g. ResearcherID (Web of Science); Google Scholar Citations, ORCID

Useful Links

Please click here to return to the Guide for Researchers.

You may also be interested in our Open Access & ePrints Soton and Research Data Management guides.

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Importance of Measuring Research Impact

Why is this important?

  • Bibliometrics (impact data of publications) is being used to support decision making by some Research Excellence Framework (REF) panels.
  • These are also used in some international league tables of universities
  • They can be used as part of CVs and/or funding applications

Potential methods to improve impact


Impact of Social Sciences Blog

This is a useful blog from LSE that often has items useful across all disciplines.

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Contact Us

For help or advice with any Measuring Research Impact / Bibliometrics query please email

Help & Training

We also run Deskside Training and training sessions for Research Postgraduates (Gradbook) and Staff (Staffbook).


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