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Science, Agriculture and Engineering Postgraduate Researcher Development Programme: Workshop 4: Unlocking (2) Post-publication

Materials to support the SAgE Postgraduate Researcher Development Library workshop Programme

Workshop overview

Who has read your work? Have they developed it further? How do you know when someone cites your paper? Is your research making an impact? This workshop will:

explain some of the different quantitative metrics for measuring impact, such as citation counting, impact factors and the H-index.

demonstrate how to find out when someone cites your work, who they are and whether researchers in particular countries are developing your ideas.

The Informed Researcher


You'll find some useful hints and tips in the Informed Researcher booklet which was given out in the workshop. You can also download it by clicking on the image above.

Activity: Find Journal Impact Factors using the Journal Citation Reports



to open the Journal Citation Reports Database

Click on Select a Database and choose the Journal Citation Reports

Leave the default as Science edition, select Search for a specific journal and click Submit

Enter the title of a journal you might publish in and click Submit

In the Results summary click on the hyperlinked title for more details. You can see which disciplines the journal is relevant to and where it is ranked against other titles.

Click on the Help button at any time for information on how the data is compiled and how to use it.


Activity: Use citation counts to measure article impact

You can use citation counts to see how many times a specific article has been cited by others. Not all databases track citations and it may be that in your specific subject area, your favourite database does not have this feature. Databases to try include

      Web of Knowledge:

Choose Cited Reference Search

Enter minimal details (e.g. Author and year, for example Clegg, W  and 2004)

Click on View Record to see list of Citing articles for each paper


Choose Author search

Enter author details and include affiliation if known (e.g. Mecrow, B and Newcastle)

Click on Details for Citation information:

Cited by gives a list of papers

Citation tracker gives a citation analysis by year and h index

Google Scholar

Choose Advanced Search Options

Enter details of specific article

You can include affiliation (eg Newcastle) in the top boxes, author, limit by year, limit by subject area

Click on Cited by in results list to see citing articles

Many Subject specific databases, but not all, also include Citation information.


Unlocking your research. Post publication - measuring the impact of your research.

Activity: understand the h-index metric

Remind yourself how the h-index works. Imagine Simon has listed all his papers in order by the number of times they have been cited in other people's work.

Where would you draw a line in the list below to identify his h-index? 

   [ Remember the formula: h-index - N if N papers have each been cited at least N times.]

   Paper 1 has been cited 176 times

   Paper 2 has been cited 118 times

   Paper 3 has been cited 74 times

   Paper 4 has been cited 12 times

   Paper 5 has been cited 7 times

   Paper 6 has been cited 5 times

   Paper 7 has been cited 2 times

   Simon's h-index is:......................

   (scroll down to the bottom box in this column to check your answer.)

Activity: Use Web of Knowledge to find an h-index


to find the h-index of yourself or a researcher you know

Log on to the Web of Knowledge and select Web of Science from the tabs at the top.

Click on Author Finder.

Enter the author’s surname and first initial into the search boxes and click on Search by Name.

Select all the Distinct Author Sets which relate to your chosen author, by ticking the box(es).

Click on View records at the top or bottom of the list.

Click on Create Citation report at the top right of the results list.

Select the most highly cited paper and create a Citation Map:·

            Select the reference from the list.

            Click on Citation mapping

            Choose Forward and click Create.


Activity: Find an h-index in Scopus

Enter Scopus .

Click on the Author Search tab at the top of the screen.

Enter the author name as indicated.

Select the author profile(s) you are looking for and click on View Citation Overview.

The H-Index is displayed on the right. Note it is based on citations from 1995-.

Simon's h-index

Simon's h-index is 5 because at least 5 of his papers has each been cited at least 5 times