Tracking Your Academic Footprint

Tracking Research Impact


Citation counts, journal impact factors, article downloads and h-index are some of the standard tools for measuring the impact of the research. In order for these to be measured properly it is important for works to be correctly attributed to their author. Unfortunately, name ambiguity can sometimes make this challenging for a number of reasons. This guide will assist you in managing your online research presense and author identity, counting citations, and creating an H-index that you might use in:

  • Grant applications*
  • Promotions
  • Fellowships

There are a number of limitations to these measures to be aware of. Research impact measures are not comparable across disciplines. No one database will provide a comprehensive measurement of impact, and of course Citation counts alone are not an indication of excellent research. They should be used with other qualitative measures such as esteem.

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