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Arts & Creative Industries Subject Guide: Making an Impact and Assessing the Competition

This is the subject guide for the School of Arts & Creative Industries

Making an Impact and Assessing the Competition

Impact Factors and Bibliometrics: how to assess the impact of your publications

Please note: some of these resources talk about tools such as Scopus, which Edinburgh Napier University does not have access to.

Tutorials and summaries

University of Southampton Measuring Impact webpage  - this provides another very useful summary

  •  includes explanations of Citation Indexes, Impact Factors and the various metrics in general use.

East Midlands Research Group  - five online units to help develop dissemination skills for research 

  • Journals and journal articles / Author bibliometrics / Journal bibliometrics / Networking / Other forms of publication

What is Open Access?  

  • an 8 minute video from PHD Comics that introduces the concepts of open access and compares with traditional journals publishing models.

Tools

SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR)

  • this service uses data from SCOPUS to perform a complex algorithm based on Google PageRanking to determine the "average prestige per paper" of a journal

  • coverage of Creative Industries is the best I have seen so far

  • please note that none of these services are perfect tools - various factors in the underlying data can cause bias in the analysis.

  • this service uses data from Web of Science to perform a complex algorithm based on Google PageRanking to "estimate the percentage of time that library users spend with that journal"

  • coverage of arts & humanities is limited at present

  • please note that none of these services are perfect tools - various factors in the underlying data can cause bias in the analysis.

Publish or Perish

  • a software program designed to help individual academics to present their case for research impact to best advantage.

  • it uses Google Scholar to obtain the raw citations, then analyzes these and presents a variety of statistics.

  • they do warn that it is not a perfect tool - a poor result might be due to working in an obscure subject, writing in a languge other than English, or publishing mainly in books.

  • the records in the Web of Science database section include lists of references cited in the article.

  • the database allows you to find all articles that cite a particular published work, and perform statistical comparisons of academic output.

  • searches can be limited to the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index, or any combination of these.

  • off-campus access requires your Edinburgh Napier network login details