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Metrics

This guide provides information on the different types of research metrics that can provide evidence of your research expertise and experience; where to source them; and ensuring your author profile data is up to date and accurate.

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Getting Started

Ensuring your online researcher profiles are accurate and up to date is important for several reasons. It ensures that people searching for your work discover a full and accurate record; it helps distinguish you from other researchers (including those with similar names); and ensures your work is correctly credited to you. It also means that any citation activity captured by Scopus or Web of Science (or analysis of this activity by tools such as SciVal and InCites) is relating to an accurate dataset. 

Before you dive into research metrics, we recommend you do the following three things: (click the hyperlinked headings for help)

  1. Create an ORCiD
    ORCiD provides a unique digital identifier for individuals to use as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities. This is designed to be a permanent identifier – it stays with you no matter which institution or country you are in, and whether or not your name or your field of research changes. Upload your publications to your ORCiD; and populate as many of the various other sections as you wish, to create an overview of you as a researcher. You can then use your iD to share information with other research systems - saving you time and hassle, and ensuring you get recognition for your activities. 
  2. Set up a Google Scholar profile
    A Google Scholar profile collates all your research outputs indexed by Google Scholar into one profile, making it easy for people to view a complete record of your outputs in one place. Google Scholar citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their publications, and captures activity of outputs such as books and book chapters that are not as well represented in other scholarly databases. Make your profile public, so that it appears in Google Scholar results when people search for your name or publications.  
  3. Check your author profile in Scopus and Web of Science.
    These databases automatically create and update author profiles as new content is indexed, however mistakes do sometimes occur. If you notice errors on your author record in Scopus or Web of Science, they can be corrected. 

Contact your School Librarian for assistance with managing your online author identity.  

Library Metrics Service

For promotion and grant applications, the Library offers a Research Metrics Service to demonstrate the metrics tools available to collect research metrics data. This service works with your School Librarian to compile data that demonstrates the uptake of your research and your performance in your academic field.

For grant applications over $50,000, a Research Metrics Report can be produced. This report will include journal impact data, citation counts, book reviews, social media mentions and any other material deemed appropriate. Additional assistance is available to formulate the best possible impact statement utilising the report data. Approximately four (4) weeks is required to complete a report.

Contact your School Librarian to request a report, or make an appointment to discuss this further.

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