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Research Impact & Bibliometrics

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Bibliometrics is the quantitative analysis of publications. More and more, tools within this field are being used to assess the impact of scholarly articles, journals, an individual researcher, or even an institution. Therefore, it is essential that faculty members become familiar with different tools and how they evaluate scholarly works. Below are resources explaining bibliometrics in more detail, and links to some of the tools used in the analysis.

Journal Ranking

Journal ranking is a quantitative analysis of journals. Though controversial, it is considered a traditional method in academia that offers a picture of the most influential journals in a given discipline. There are different ways to calculate the impact factors of journals, such as the JIF (Web of Science), SJR (Scopus), Eigenfactor, and more. Additionally, there are databases that have created their own metrics limited to their journal collection, such as Scopus.

H-Index (Author's impact)

The h-index (Hirsch index) is an author-level metric based on a person’s number of papers and citation number. It is a combined measure of both productivity and impact. Note: Like every other bibliometrics tool, the h-index has its own limitations and should be used with caution. For example, the h-index does not count in the average number of citations in different disciplines nor is it a proper tool for measuring the impact of early-career researchers. 

Your h-index is based on a list of your publications ranked in descending order by the times cited count. The value of h is equal to the number of papers (N) in the list that have N or more citations.​ You can find your h-index in the tools below. 

Altmetrics or Alternative Metrics

Altmetrics are statistical tools that use a range of social media sources to calculate the influence of scholarly literature. They work as a complement to more traditional methods of analysis. 

How to improve your impact

  • Always use your same name version consistently throughout your career
  • Use a standardized institutional affiliation and address
  • Collaborate with researchers in other institutions
  • Deposit your publication in our institutional repository, Touro Scholar which is accessible to the world
  • Register for an ORCID to improve your visibility in the databases worldwide. See tutorial here.
  • Present preliminary research findings at meetings and conferences
  • Consider communicating information about your research via Twitter, blogs or other social media channels


(Adapted from Michelle Dalton--UCD library)

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