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Citation Metrics

Ven Basco

Citation metrics provide quantitative data used to evaluate the impact of a scholar’s research. Metrics also assist scholars with identifying key journals and notable researchers in their field. Several methods of collecting impact data are often used when conducting a comprehensive analysis of a scholar’s work.

Traditionally, the impact of an article, scholar, or journal is measured by a citation count- the more times cited, the higher the impact. Several tools exist to assist scholars with obtaining citation counts.

Formula driven measures such as the H-Index determine impact based on multiple factors such as the number of works a scholar has published as well as the number of times the work has been cited.

In addition to the measures listed above, alternative methods analyze additional factors such as usage metrics (the number of times an article has been downloaded or viewed), scoring systems that evaluate the importance of a journal using weighted rankings, and age weighted citation rates that takes into account the age of the work compared to how many times it's been cited.

  • Academia.edu- allows you to share your work with other scholars, provides usage/views statistics, and allows you to follow others that share your research interests.
  • Eigenfactor- ranks the importance of a journal and also reports journal pricing to help scholars to determine value.
  • Harzing's Publish or Perish- software program that utilizes Google Scholar to collect citations and provides analysis using basic statistics in addition to a variety of other measures.
  • Impact Story-a beta aggregator of altmetrics for several types of scholarly work, including datasets. Pulls data from multiple sources and classifies metrics into categories including audience and type of engagement (i.e. views, discussions, etc.)

UCF Libraries provides instruction on citation searching via one-on-one research consultations as well as fee-based Citation Search Services.

Last updated April 16, 2014 3:02:26 PM

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