Measuring impact

Measuring impact

Researcher and publication impact

  • Who is citing me? Find out by searching citation databases: Web of Science, and Scopus, or Google Scholar (with Find It@UniMelb links) to discover who is citing your research and monitor the impact of research publications.
  • Research Impact Guide – tools and support for measuring and monitoring the impact of research. The guide includes information about calculating citations and h-indexes; and journal, book and researcher impact.
  • Research impact service for University staff – research librarians can assist with citation analysis and other metrics to support grant and promotion applications.
  • Melbourne Research Windows – publication information sourced from the University, Thomson Web of Science, and the Australian Research Council. This information is used to provide multiple windows on research by researcher, department, research classification, journals and publications.

Managing your researcher profile

We recommend that you:

  • Use Researcher identifiers to link all of your publications
  • Group author variations under which you have published
  • Differentiate between authors with similar names
  • Group different institutions where you have worked

These strategies improve the accuracy of citation counts and h-indexes and may increase researcher impact. Tips on how to promote your research and profile as a researcher.

Build your online research profile

  • Find an Expert is your primary institutional profile, and a heavily used resource by the public and prospective funders. Download details about updating your public researcher profile.
  • ORCID (Open Researcher & Contributor ID) – an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.
  • ResearcherID (Thomson Reuters) – create and manage a professional profile, build an online publication list, measure performance with cited counts and h-index.
  • Scopus Author Identifier (Elsevier) – check your automatically assigned author identifier. Authors should check that publications assigned to them are correct.
  • Google Scholar Citations – this author profile helps you keep track of who is citing your publications. Graph citations over time and calculate several citation metrics. Profiles can be made public to appear in Google Scholar results. Authors should check that publications assigned are correct.

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