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Research Impact

Research publications are continuously evaluated by various indicators. It is important to understand how research impact is measured what each researcher can do to improve his or her own impact.

Measure impact

For researchers, we use the h-index, a measure of the number of publications combined with the number of times each publication has been cited (more here). You can find the h-index in databases such as Web of Science, SCOPUS or Google Scholar.  

For journals the impact factor from ISI- Journal Citation Report (based on data from Web of Science) is often used a measure. The Impact factor is calculated by the average number of citations each article in a specific journal has received. An alternative is The SCImago Journal & Country Rank which is based on the data from SCOPUS.

Google Scholar Metrics offers a similar metrics called h-index for journals.

In Norway there there is also a national system for journals. Journals are divided into two categories, nivå 1 and nivå 2, and these categories are used in the national performance-based research funding systems.

To measure the impact of an article, it is usually the number of citations that counts. The number of citations can be found in services such as Web of Science, SCOPUS or google scholar. You can establish a citation alert with these services to keep track of how many times a record or article is cited. Those services may give different numbers as they have a different coverage for respective subjects.

Another option to measure the impact of a single article is altmetric. Altemtrics do not look at citations in other research articles, but at mentions in social media, news outlets or policy papers. Here you can download the altmetric bookmarklet for your web browser.

Here you can read more about research impact and criticism about the outlined parameters.

Increase your impact

Common advice:

  • Publish in journals indexed in big databases like Web of Science or SCOPUS (or smaller databases relevant for your field)
  • Publish in open access journals and/or archive your publications in BORA
  • Create profiles in (social) academic network sites and databases 
  • Take part in public discussions

Publication lists including citation-counts are nowadays available online and visible for everyone.

Academic profiles

Here you can read about the different services and profiles on academic network sites. Make sure that you have control over your digital presence and that the information about you and your research is correct and updated.

Author profiles

ORCID and SCOPUS offer a solution to author ambiguity, as they provide a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from any other researchers. Scopus automatically creates a profile for each author whose publication is included in the database. ORCID is a platform independent identifier, but you can easily import your publications from SCOPUS or other services.

Google Scholar profile

Most researcher are familiar with Google Scholar. Many, however, are not familiar with the fact that you can create a profile and thereby boost the visibility of your research output. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute your h-index or other metrics. Here you can read how to create a google scholar profile.

Your employee page at UiB

All employees at UiB have their own webpage. It's good practice to write a short research statement so that everyone knows what you are working on. You can also add fields of competence. The publication list is automatically updated from CRISTIN/CERES. To make sure everyone gets the full overview of your publications (also those published outside Norway) you can add a link to one of the author profiles mentioned above.

Academic social network sites

On academic social network sites, you can establish a personal profile with academic information, share publications and data sets, engage in discussions and write messages. You can also monitor your own impact and that of your peers by checking the number of views, downloads, and citations.

If you upload your publication make sure that you are following copyright laws. Here you can find more information about copyright and OpenAccess.





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