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How to use Bibliometrics in your Career. The MyRI Project Team. Measuring your Research Impact. By measuring your own research impact you can establish : Your total number of publications Your total number of citations per publication Your personal impact : what is your h-index?

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measuring your research impact
Measuring your Research Impact

By measuring your own research impact you can establish :

Your total number of publications

Your total number of citations per publication

Your personal impact : what is your h-index?

Your journal impact: where should you publish?

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Measuring your Research Impact

You can do this by using certain tools such as Web of Science, SCOPUS or Publish or Perish. They will tell you :

- top cited work

- what journals they have published in

- who is citing them

their H-index

Please see presentation Main Metrics used in Bibliometrics for more detail on these products

personal impact what is my h index
Personal Impact - What is my H Index

The h-index has become the most popular metric for assessing the output of individuals since it was developed by Hirsch in 2005. The h-index of an individual is the number of their papers that have been cited at least h times e.g. a researcher has a h-index of 25 if 25 of their papers have been cited at least 25 times.

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Measuring your Research Impact

What you can do to maximise your profile :

Use a precise name and stick to it e.g. John J. Walsh, not John Walsh and/or J. Walsh

Send corrections to ISI and Scopus:

Actively manage your lists of publications

Use all ways to increase exposure to your publications, e.g.:

Institutional Repositories

Research Profile Directories

strengths and limitations
Strengths and Limitations


Key data sources for many disciplines not included in key metrics

Monographs, conference papers, architectural designs, non-English, Irish/local…


Therefore some disciplines poorly served

Humanities, applied technologies/engineering, computer science…

Geographical spread

U.S. orientation in ISI

strengths and limitations discipline specific
Strengths and Limitations - Discipline Specific

Medicine: easy to track – nearly all citations are between journals

Engineering: more difficult – need to track citations in journals, patents, standards, conferences etc.

Humanities: very difficult – track books, monographs, journals, conferences, movies, newspapers, TV, works of art etc.

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Strengths and Limitations

Measuring value

High no. of citations doesn’t necessarily mean high value

How do we capture value for outputs that are not picked up by the standard tools?

How do we measure or value (e.g.) industry hits?

Measuring use

Use hinges on publication and citation counts

How can other use (e.g. downloads) be measured in a way that feeds into value?

Who is using what output, how and why?

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Strengths and Limitations



Multiple authorship

Splitting outputs into many articles

Editorial policies

Journals may publish a larger % of review articles which are generally cited more than research reports

Journal editors may suggest to authors that they should refer to papers published previously in that journal


Lack of name authority




Strengths and Limitations –

Bibliometrics don’t measure everything!

“…We publish in books & monographs and in peer-reviewed journals. However, we have a range of real requirements that include official reporting to state agencies and authorities; public archaeology and communication in regional and local journals and in interdisciplinary publication across several journals, that most bibliometrics are incapable of measuring”

UCD Academic


Diagram of Research Impact: Case Study of Airports

* Rationale is that Academic Quality, Wider Readership and Impact runs from left to right.