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How Do You Measure Scholarly Impact?
Scholarly impact is the effect your research output has on relevant stakeholders in academia or in society. Disciplines have different ways to measure impact, but for most, impact is measured at the journal, author, or article level.
Use the above tabs to learn how to measure scholarly impact by:
- Finding the impact factor of the journals you publish in,
- Performing citation analysis which may include citation counts or your individual author h-index, or
- Collecting altmetrics.
The most appropriate measure depends on the values of the researcher's institution and what the researcher wants to showcase. Sometimes, the tools used, the type of output measured, and the career stage of the researcher can affect the results.
Web of Science This link opens in a new window
A multi-disciplinary database that provides comprehensive citation data for thousands of journals.
Create a profile to track your individual author metrics.
Publish or Perish Software
Calculates h-index and other metrics using Google Scholar; requires installation on your desktop.
PLOS: Article Level Metrics
An open access database that covers journals in the sciences and medicine and measures how scientists and the general public engage with published research at the article level.
Facilitates citation analysis and evaluates the impact of an author's publications using information from Google Scholar.
Journal Citation Reports This link opens in a new window
Compare journals using citation data: most cited, highest impact, etc. Covers virtually all areas of science, technology, and the social sciences.