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Library services & resources for Post Graduate Research students: Measure your Impact: Citation Metrics

Tools and guidance for research evaluation: indicating performance or measurement of author outputs, article level attention and journal rankings.  

The Metric Tide (July 2015), commissioned by HEFCE, concluded that metrics cannot and should not replace peer review in research assessment exercises.  It urges the use of Responsible Metrics (see: The Leiden Manifesto published in Nature). 

Metrics Tutorial

MyRI: Measuring Your Research Impact explains how to use some of these tools to calculate your H-Index or measure patterns in publications data. However, it also outlines some of the caveats of relying on these tools absolutely. [Open in new window]


Aksnes, D. W. (2003) ‘Characteristics of highly cited papers’, Research Evaluation, 12 (3), 159-170.
Corbyn, Z. (2010) ‘An easy way to boost a paper's citations [News]’. Nature, doi:10.1038/news.2010.406
Esyenback, G. (2011) ‘Can tweets predict citations?’,  Journal of Medical Internet Research, 13 (4).
Piwower, H.A and Vision, T. J. (2103) ‘Data reuse and the open data citation advantage’, PeerJ, 1:e175.
SPARC Europe (2015) ‘The Open Access citation advantage service’, SPARC Europe.  Available at: 
Wuchty, S., Jones, B. F., Uzzi, B. (2007).  The increasing dominance of teams in production of knowledge. Science, 316 (5827), 1036-1039.
[some references courtesy of Aston University Library]

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Tools for determining indicators or metrics:

Institutional Benchmarking


REF Citation data? 
    - Citation data was made available for the 2014 REF
    - Scopus data was the chosen data source for the last REF


Determining a journal's 'ranking' position can help you identify where to publish.  (See also our guide to predatory/reputable publishers).