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Measuring research impact

Find bibliometric data

There are a number of tools that collect and analyse citation data. The main ones are:

This data can help you to decide where to publish, find potential collaborators, identify emerging areas of research, and demonstrate the impact of your own research when applying for jobs or funding.

When searching for bibliometric data it is important to note that:

  • the coverage of publications will be different in each database
  • you need to include all possible variations of author names
  • you may have to narrow your search by institution, if the author name is quite common

Download our handout on Evaluating the importance of journals in your subject area (PDF).

Web of Science

Web of Science is a citation database of more than 12,000 journals and over 160,000 conference proceedings.

Coverage includes science, social science and arts and humanities dating back to 1900.

Web of Science covers:

  • Scholarly output
  • Citation counts
  • H-index

Learn more about Measuring the reach of your publications using Web of Science (PDF).

Scopus

Scopus is a citation database of more than 21,000 journals, 40,000 books, 6.5 million conference papers and 24 million patents.

The coverage of engineering and social sciences material is broader than Web of Science, but citation data is only available for papers published from 1996 onwards.

Scopus covers:

  • Scholarly output
  • Citation counts
  • H-index
  • Number of co-authors
  • SCImago Journal Rank
  • Scopus SNIP

Learn more about Measuring the reach of your publications using Scopus (PDF).

SciVal

SciVal is a research performance assessment tool which uses data from Scopus.

It allows you to benchmark individual researchers, groups of researchers and institutions based on a variety of bibliometric measures. It holds information for 4,600 research institutions and 220 countries.

You will need to register for a free Elsevier account to log-in to the resource.

Watch this short video on how to benchmark using SciVal

Learn more about Measuring the reach of your publications using SciVal (PDF).

Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports allows you to evaluate and compare journals using citation data from over 11,000 journals.

Coverage includes science, medicine and social sciences dating back to 1998.

Journal citation reports covers:

  • Journal impact factor
  • Most frequently cited journals in a field
  • Highest impact journals in a field
  • Largest journals in a field

Watch a short video about how to use Journal Citation Reports