Metrics measure impact
...or how much people are talking about your work. They don’t necessarily measure how good your work is, just how much it’s being mentioned, & traditional bibliometrics only look at mentions in journals & peer reviewed conferences.
The main places that collect this data are Web of Science, Scopus, & Google Scholar.
People who publish primarily in books, or whose places of publication are not covered in Web of Knowledge may find that metrics are not the most appropriate ways of measuring or showing the impact of research or scholarly outputs.
Whether or not you agree with them, bibliometrics are a part of your research careers for the forseeable future – we have chosen to play this game, & whether or not we agree with all the rules, we have to follow them.
H-Index & total citations
... Do you know yours? Because I do. For one person attending, it's the difference between a H-Index of 11 to a H-Index of 13, & Scopus has you as having 160+ more citations.
Show what makes you look awesome
For some of you, Google Scholar is better than Scopus or Web of Science, as it includes legal information, conferences, & working papers. This is Publish or Perish, a terribly named program that is really useful.
Metrics for fun(ding) & publishing
GOOD NEWS, SCHOLARS! You can find where people using your work publish, where they're publishing, find potential collaborators (or new sworn enemies) & all sorts of neat stuff using metrics.
[here I did a demo, if you'd like help with this, see last slide]
Using Impact Factors
It's not just about judging you/your research unit/the university. You can also use these metrics tools to decide where to publish. Ulrichs isn't a metrics tool, but use it to see where journal is indexed.
Some stuff about public profiles
Traditional metrics V Altmetrics
Demo'd altmetric.org bookmarklet, showed http://bit.ly/1aS3Bbu
Make it easy to find you
Without naming names, I went through the "pre-class stalking" process/explained how 25% of attendees didn't have good institutional name management, making it harder to find them.
What is your name / Who are you to your collaborators
Name management horror story. Yes, you know who you are, but do you co-authors? UTS example of someone whose highest cited article is under the wrong name, & the journal refuses to fix it.
Where are you?
Here are just some of the examples I've found of University of Technology Sydney. When you do this, your work is not included for evaluation by the university ranking people, as well as not being included in places like InCites.
[here is a list of places where you can/already have a research profile, let me show you them]