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Measuring research performance
The number of times your publications have been cited by others may be used to assess quality of research and can be used for recruitment, promotion and funding allocation.
Using bibliometrics is only one (and often criticised!) way of looking at research performance. Be aware if you are looking at citation data, different search tools will have different years of coverage and very different methods of calculating a score. The main citation counting tools may be less useful for some subjects like Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Computer Science. See subject guides for more information for your subject area.
There are a number of different ways of assessing impact, including peer review, public engagement and funding received. See Research, Innovation and Enterprise webpages for more information and support.
Many people are now also becoming interested in Altmetrics – alternative metrics about how your work is used online. Citations in published research can take years to build up, but you’ll know how many mentions you’ve had on Twitter or Facebook within days.
Scopus (Elsevier) is another large bibliographic database like Web of Science that may be used for citation searching, journal impact or ranking calculations. Please note that Edinburgh Napier University does not have access to Scopus.
Key resource links
Journal Citation Reports This link opens in a new window
A key standard tool - Used for finding Clarivate Analytics Journal Impact Factors (JIF).
Web of Science This link opens in a new window
Includes the Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index. Can be used to search for number of citations of an individual article or calculate the H-Index of an individual researcher.
Publish or Perish
Free software program which uses data from Google Scholar.
Google Scholar Metrics
Browse top publications according to Google Scholar H5-index and H5-median.
The Metrics Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines. Use the Toolkit to quickly look up the metrics you want or use filters to find the metrics that best suit your particular needs.
Includes journal and country scientific indicators - the SJR indicator gives different values to citations depending on the prestige of the journal they come from.