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Measuring Research Impact: People and article based metrics
Use bibliometrics to measure the impact of your publications
Provides references, and in many cases abstracts, for peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Includes the Science Citation Index Expanded (1970-present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1970-present) and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present). Also provides citation data and references to books and conference papers. Click on the Full Text Finder links to check for full-text.
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
This is an emerging movement to use a wider range of metrics in addition to traditional citations. This can include discussion (e.g. Twitter), saving (e.g. Mendeley, Delicious) and sometimes viewing or recommending an item.
This can give a better picture of impact, but until this is better understood probably needs to be used with caution.
This site allows you to create a free profile to track traditional (citations) and non-traditional (social media etc.) forms of publication impact. An ORCiD account is needed (click on the padlock for how to get one).
Essential Science Indicators
Essential Science Indicators allows you to identify the most highly cited (top 1%) papers in the Web of Science Core Collection. (Note the top 1% is a high threshold - many good papers will fall outside it.) It also includes Field Baselines (expected citation rates for papers in a research field).
Subject Specific Metrics / Citation tools
This is a listing of subject specific databases that track citations or at least offer some analytical functionality.
The world's leading database for the life sciences, covering subjects such as botany, zoology, microbiology, as well as agriculture, pharmacology, bio-physics, ecology, bio-engineering and experimental clinical medicine. Dates back to 1956 and covers not just journal articles, but also proceedings of meetings, conferences, reports, chapters in textbooks and other related resources. Further information
Inspec and Inspec Analytics from the Institution of Engineering and Technology, are highly specialised discovery and research intelligence tools that provide detailed insights into research trends and patterns across physics and engineering disciplines at both local and global levels. The granularity of the Inspec index makes it easy to analyse research output by organisation and/or specific subjects, allowing you to monitor research output over time, compare output between organisations, stay up to date with emerging trends, find collaboration opportunities and identify the most relevant journals and conferences to publish work.