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Research Metrics

A guide for research impact tools, databases, and metrics

Tools for Alternative Metrics

Using metrics to help convey the different ways that your scholarship has impacted research communities can be achieved in a number of ways. Some of the following tools can help you assess the impact of your research beyond citation counts.

Alternative Metrics Tools

Some of the following tools are free, some have free versions, and some are subscription only.

  • Altmetric Bookmarklet

  • This free plugin for your browser allows you to see the social media shares and online mentions of an article with a single click.

  • Figshare

  • Figshare is a repository where users can make their research outputs available in a citable, shareable, and discoverable manner.

  • Impactstory

  • See mentions on Twitter, blogs, and news. Join with Twitter and make a profile to track the online impact of your research.

  • InCites

  • A customized, web-based research evaluation tool that allows you to analyze institutional productivity and benchmark your output against peers worldwide. With customized citation data, global metrics, and multidimensional profiles on the leading research institutions, InCites gives comprehensive insight into your institution's performance. And with robust visualization and reporting tools, you can create and share reports quickly and easily. Note: Users must create an account for initial login.

  • InCites Essential Science Indicators

  • InCites Essential Science Indicators provides access to a unique and comprehensive compilation of essential science performance statistics and science trend data. The chief indicators of output, or productivity, are journal article publication counts. Data in Essential Science Indicators are limited to Thomson Scientific-indexed journal articles only.

  • Mendeley

  • Mendeley, a citation management program, has incorporated social streams into its platform. Users can keep track of saves by other Mendeley users.

  • Metrics Toolkit

  • Browse different types of metrics with the Metrics Toolkit and understand what they mean, how they are calculated, and if it is the right metric for you.

  • Plum Analytics

  • Plum Analytics uses research metrics to tell stories about research. PlumX Metrics is a tool incorporated into Scopus and EBSOhost databases to provide insight about usage, captures, mentions, social media shares, and citations for scholarly output.

  • Publish or Perish

  • Publish or Perish is a software program that retrieves and analyzes citations from a variety of sources, including Google Scholar.

  • ResearchGate

  • See reads, mentions, and citations of select publications using ResearchGate's professional network.

  • Sciwheel

  • Sciwheel is a citation management program that allows for collaboration and discussion.

  • Scopus

  • Scopus, a bibliographic literature database, also offers citation and field analysis and citation mapping. Perform a search, then click on the Analyze Search Results link on the results page.

  • Symplur Disease Hashtags

  • Symplur aggregates trending Twitter hashtags related to diseases and conditions seeking to connect to others through Twitter.

  • Symplur Healthcare Hashtags

  • Symplur connects researchers and patients through Twitter by developing and organizing hashtags related to healthcare and medicine.

  • Web of Science

  • Web of Science, from Clarivate Analytics, offers citation and field analysis and citation mapping on topics. Perform a search, then click on Analyze Results on the results page.

  • WorldCat First Search

  • WorldCat allowsyou to see the number of libraries worldwide that hold a book in their collections.