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Quantifying the Impact of My Publications: Tracking Your Work

This libguide provides guidance on metrics and reports that can be used to quantify performance and impact based on publication data.

Why Track Your Work?

There are a number of reasons for tracking how your work is being used. Reasons include:

  • Publication data are your “public profile.” Learn which authors and institutions are using your work.
  • How and why is your work being used? Look at citations and alternative metrics to assess impact.
  • Tenure/Promotion
  • Grants

Other Reasons:

  • Confirm that research findings were properly attributed and credited
  • Determine if research findings are duplicated, confirmed, corrected, improved or repudiated
  • Determine if research findings were extended (different human populations or animal models/species), etc.
  • Document the uptake of your research
  • Identify similar research projects
  • Identify possible collaborators
  • Document research impact
  • Quantify return on research investment

How to Use Becker List of Indicators for Impact Stories

Telling Impact Stories: Video from Cushing/Hay Medical Library at Yale University.

Strategies for Tracking Your Work

1.  Create author citation alerts in databases to be notified when your work is cited by another work. Alerts can be set to run daily, weekly, or monthly and can be sent via email or RSS feed as well in specific formats such html. Examples of databases that offer citation tracking for authors:

2.  Establish an author profile in Google Scholar and create an alert to be notified when your work is cited by another work.

3.   Establish a Google Alert based on your name or research study for email notification of the latest relevant Google results on the alert.

4.  If your work was published by a journal indexed by PubMed, create an alert to be notified if comments were added to records in PubMed. PubMed Commons enables authors to share opinions and information about scientific publications in PubMed.

An example of a query is: Sarli CC [author] AND has_user_comments [filter]

5.  Use the free Altmetric bookmarklet to track other forms of metrics (non-citations) for your published journal articles.  Drag the Bookmarklet to your browser's bookmarks bar and use this for any journal article to learn of any "engagement" activity for a journal article. See Article Metrics for more information.

6. Use the new Article Metrics Module in Scopus.

“By combining citation and alternative metrics, this new Article Metrics module will provide a comprehensive view of both the impact of and community engagement with an article.”

The Scopus Article Metrics includes the following metrics:

  • Scholarly Activity — Downloads and posts in common research tools such as Mendeley and CiteULike
  • Social Activity — Mentions characterized by rapid, brief engagement on platforms used by the public, such as Twitter, Facebook and Google+
  • Scholarly Commentary — Reviews, articles and blogs by experts and scholars, such as F1000 Prime, research blogs and Wikipedia
  • Mass Media — Coverage of research output in the mass media (e.g., coverage in top tier media media)

In addition to these metrics, Scopus is introducing new percentile benchmarks to show how article citations or activity compare with the averages for similar articles, taking into account:

  • Date of publication
  • Document type
  • Disciplines associated with its source

The full metric module is available from the document details sidebar on the Scopus record page. The Metrics sidebar highlights the minimal number of meaningful metrics a researcher needs to evaluate both citation impact and levels of community engagement. Click on “View All Metrics” to be directed to the full metric module.