Bibliometric measurements can be used to assess the output and impact of an individual’s research. These types of measures
are often taken into account when applications for tenure, promotion or grants are considered. It is important to be aware of
the various metrics that can be used in such assessment and the different data sources available.
Metrics range from simple publication or citation counts to mathematical formulae which take into account both the output
and impact of a researcher’s work.
The three main bibliometric tools: Web of Science; Scopus; and Google Scholar (in collaboration with Publish or Perish
software), provide automatic metrics for individual researchers and they also contain the raw data that can be used to
manually calculate or verify metrics.
The bibliometric tools each cover a different range of data, and return different results for an author. This should be kept in
mind when assessing individual metrics in any of the tools.
It is worth evaluating each tool to establish its coverage of publications within the academic’s research area before using it.
Metrics can enhance the publication list on a CV or funding application. If not requested otherwise you can use the tools that suits you best. But always make clear where your metrics are coming from.
Here are two examples on how metrics can be presented on a publication list:
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