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Research & Learning Connection

This research guide provides information and services to advance the research success of UTHSC faculty, staff, and students.

Research Impact

Research impact can be measured in different ways using different tools. Traditionally, the indicators included the number of times a publication was cited and journal impact. Recent years, altmetrics have been used to measure a researcher's impact, which takes into account not just academic citations (traditional means), but also digital use and sharing of data (non-traditional means). It can include the number of times a paper has been viewed, tweeted, 'liked' on Facebook, covered by the media or blogs, downloaded, cited on Wikipedia or bookmarked online.

Author/Article Impact

  • PlumX for Scopus is a 3rd party web application that runs within the sidebar of Scopus article and abstract pages. It displays all of the social or mainstream media mentions gathered for a particular paper as well as reader counts on popular reference managers (e.g., CiteULike and Mendeley)
  • H index is based on a scholar's most cited works and the number of times these have been referenced in the literature. Tools for calculating your H-index include Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar Citations.
  • iCite is created by the Office of Portfolio Analysis (OPA) at the National Institute of Health (NIH). It's a web application that provides a panel of bibliometric information for scientific publications within a defined analysis group. More information from the iCite User Guide
  • PLoS Article Level Metrics (ALM) is a service provided by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) for all authors of works published in PLoS journals.
  • Research IDA free product developed by Thomson Reuters. Once registered, a researcher is assigned a unique ID number that associated with their publications. If you have an EndNote Online account or Web of Science account you do not need to register with Research ID site.   
  • Publish or Perish  - From, a well-known resource in scholarly publishing, this software tool calculates numerous research metrics based on Google Scholar data.

Journal Impact

  • Journal Citation Report (JCR) is an authoritative resource for impact factor data from ISI Web of Knowledge. JCR provides impact factors and rankings of journals in the social and life sciences based on millions of citations. It serves as a means to compare different journals in a field of study.
  • Google Scholar Metrics provides an easy way to quickly gauge the visibility and influence of recent articles in scholarly publications. Scholar Metrics summarize recent citations to many publications to help authors as they consider where to publish their new research. You can browse the top 10 publications. 

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Tracking & Measuring your Impact: Examples

Scopus - If you are an author, search for your article to see the number of times your article was cited, the number of times your article was mentioned in social media, and the number of times your article was saved to CiteULike and Mendeley. 

Web of ScienceIf you are an author, search for your article to see the number of times your article was cited. You can create a citation report of your published articles. 

Google Scholar -  You can create your citation profile and track who cited your articles ( an example) automatically. Google Scholar Citations also enables you to find experts in a research field (an example: Evidence-based Medicine). You will need a Google account to create your citations. Once you have your Google account, follow this simple instructions to set up your My Citation profile.

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Expanding your Impact

There are hundreds of social networking websites (SNW) supporting a wide range of research interests and practice. Basically, many of the SNWs share similar features, such as:  

  1. Creating your own profile and make it public or semi-public
  2. Connecting with or following people in your research field
  3. Sharing papers, asking and answering questions, and finding collaborators 

Some social networking websites For academies and researchers

Doximity: For healthcare professionals

LinkedIn: For all professionals

Mendeley: For researchers

ORCiD (Connecting Research and Researchers): For researchers

ResearchGate: For scientists and researchers