Feb 03 2017

GST1 – 3: Measuring Your Research Impact

GST 1 is a module at Maynooth University which aims to improve research skills and employability. To gain 5 ECTS for this module you need to attend 6 sessions and produce a diary entry or set of notes for each one.

Your Researcher Impact: Measuring Your Research Impact

This session, led by Ciarán Quinn the research support librarian, focused on two main aspects of research impact: the author profile, and impact measures.

Author Profile
One of the most straightforward thinks to consider is how you present your name, if you have multiple variations it can be hard for the various metrics to track all your work. One way of making sure that there is a consistent record is by creating and linking profiles on a variety of academic sites:

  • Web of Science Researcher ID
  • RIS Profile
  • SCOPUS Author ID
  • Google Scholar Citation Profile
  • Academic Social Networks – Academia, Mendeley, ResearchGate

For the purpose of this post I have included screenshots for each of the profiles that I have, or have set up following this session. I am not able to set up RIS as this is for academic staff at Maynooth, the SCOPUS ID is created automatically when you publish with one of their journals.

Having a broad base of profiles improves the chances of your work being seen and cited. You do, however, need to check the profiles periodically to make sure they are up to date.

Impact Measures
There are a wide variety of impact measures which are all calculated slightly differently. There are also significant differences between academic fields.
Author level measures:

  • H-index
  • G-index
  • i10-index

The H-index is probably the most recognised measure, it is defined by h papers having at least h citations each. The index can vary according to who is calculating it: SCOPUS only focuses on publications in its database, Google uses a much broader range of publications.

Article level measures focus on how many times the article has been cited – which is why access is so important.

Journals have impact factors and rankings, as well as being divided into those that peer review and those that do not. It is important to consider the impact factor of the journal you plan to publish with, SciVal (part of SCOPUS) has lots of information to make this easier.

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