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Stay current with new research in your field through RSS feeds, alerts, and by measuring your research impact.

Maximize Your Research Impact

Increase your visibility and recognition with ResearcherID (Web of Science).

Increase your research profile with CoS Scholar Universe.

Increase your publishing visibility with Open Access Journals.

ORCID is an international non-profit registry of persistent unique identifiers for individual researchers. ORCID aims to create a transparent link for research publications, grants, and patents.

Measure Research Impact

An impact factor measures the relative importance of a journal, an article, or a researcher. Citation count refers to the number of times a piece is cited by others. Metrics support applications for grants and promotions, and also measure research impact. 

Measure your impact with MyRI or Google Scholar but remember...

  • The number of times a piece is cited is not a measure of its actual quality.
  • Some tools that measure impact do not include book publications.
  • Certain disciplines rely less on journals, so it is wise to compare journals or researchers within the same discipline.
  • Review articles (book reviews and such) are cited more often and can change results.
  • Self-citing can skew results.

Measure Author Impact

Google Scholar and Publish or Perish assist in measuring author impact.

Publish or Perish calculates the total number of papers, total number of citations, average number of citations per paper/book, average number of citations per author, the h-index, and other metrics.

The h-index is based on a list of publications ranked in descending order by the number of times a work is cited. The value of h equals the number of papers in the list that have n or more citations.

An h-index of 20 means that someone has published 20 papers, and each have at least 20 citations. This is somewhat skewed in ISI Web of ScienceScopus, and Google Scholar because they only calculate using their own journal content, so a journal not featured in one of these locations will not be counted.

Be sure to include all initials and name variations for a particular author to obtain complete results.

Measure Journal Impact

The journal impact factor is the average number of times that articles published in a journal during the previous two years were cited in a particular year. These should not be the only factor in evaluating journals. Be sure to also consider peer review and scope.

Journal impact factor calculation:
A = total cites in the year 2008
B = 2008 cites to articles published in 2006-2007
C = number of articles published in 2006-2007
D = B/C = 2008 impact factor

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