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Citation Analysis

  1. 1. My Research Impact:What, why and how?latrobe.edu.au/library
  2. 2. What is it?• Citation analysis is a widely accepted measure of the impactor influence of your research• It is based on the concept that the number of times you getcited is meaningful – the more citations, the greater therelevance• Citation analysis tools measure the number of times yourpublished research has been cited by other researchers (the‘citation count’)• It is important to be aware of the scope of all citation toolsbecause no one tool measures all publicationsLa Trobe University Library 2
  3. 3. Citation Count• Provides the number of times your publications havebeen cited• The amount of citations to a paper may not be areflection of the paper’s quality• Self-citations can distort the citation count results• Metrics are not as well established in some disciplinessuch as arts, humanities, social sciences & business• The calculation also depends on the tool usedLa Trobe University Library 3
  4. 4. h - index• Used to qualify the impact and quantity of your researchoutput• h-index is the number of papers that have been cited atleast h times– ie. an h-index of 20 tells us that the author haspublished 20 papers that have been cited at least 20times• Your h-index will depend on the length of time you havebeen publishing and on the tool usedLa Trobe University Library 4
  5. 5. Why use it?• Measure your personal research effectiveness• Grant applications• Promotion & recruitment• Benchmarking• Performance evaluation• Identify potential collaborators• Identify emerging areas of researchImage: futureatlas.com/wikimediacommonsLa Trobe University Library 5
  6. 6. How to get started?• Tools & metrics vary between disciplines• Be aware of the limitations of each tool and the data sourcesfrom which the metrics are retrieved.• Accurate metrics require the tool to index the author’spublication titles as well as the cited publication titles• No single tool is comprehensive• Note: negative citations are counted as validLa Trobe University Library 6
  7. 7. Main points to remember• Don’t rely on one single tool.• Investigate each tool to see what suits your researchprofile• Some disciplines rely less on publishing in academicjournals• Use a combination of metrics with other qualitativeinformationLa Trobe University Library 7
  8. 8. Help• View the Citation Analysis LibGuide for furtherinformation and instructions on how to use the varioustools• Contact your Faculty LibrarianAttribution: MyRI: My Research Impact (An Open Access toolkit to support bibliometrics training & awareness).Image: impact / impakt/n. bySickMouthyLa Trobe University Library 8

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