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Scholarly Communications: Tracking Publications

This guide provides useful information on scholarly publishing, such as finding the best journal, author identity, or promoting publications and communications.

What is Bibliometrics?

Bibliometrics refers to the quantitative analysis of scholarly output, and can help you to make decisions about where to publish your research, and to get information about the impact of published research. 

Bibliometrics is measuring impact not quality, and high levels of citations do not necessarily imply that the research is also of high quality. Citation metrics should only be used as one of several tools to inform qualitative peer review in assessing research.

Tracking who has cited your research, and which of your publications are most highly cited, can help you identify who is interested in your research, and how they are using it.

For more information on the tools that individual researchers or research administrators can use to measure the impact of their own or their institution's impact, see our Bibliometrics Libguide.

Databases for Citation Tracking


You can use the following databases to track who has cited your work, and also set up email alerts to receive notifications when new works cite one of your publications. Note that coverage in each database only includes citations to and from certain publications, and therefore may not cover all of your output. For full details on tracking and monitoring citations, see our detailed Bibliometrics Libguide.

What are Altmetrics?

Altmetrics are measures that capture the attention a resource generates on the social web, mainstream media, policy diocuments or other sources. They can be applied to journal articles, books/book chapters, software, datasets, websites, videos, etc.

They are metrics that complement traditional metrics such as citation counts to capture the impact within the scholarly community and beyond, such as practitioner or policy impact.

Depending on the tool used (, PlumX, ImpactStory etc.) altmetrics can measure different types of engagement from many different sources:

Usage: Views, downloads (Figshare, Dryad, Slideshare)

Captures: Mendeley bookmarks, CiteULike bookmarks

Mentions: Blog posts, news stories, policy documents, Wikipedia articles, comments, reviews

Social Media: Tweets, Facebook mentions, shares

Altmetrics are now displayed on many journal web pages, Research Repository UCD, and can also be analysed using various other tools.

Altmetric Providers and Tools



PlumX Metrics, provided by Elsevier, capture the ways people interact with individual pieces of research output (articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and many more) in the online environment. 

"Plum Prints" displaying article usage, mentions, citations and shares are available to access through the Scopus database for items indexed in Scopus.

You can also add a specific doi to the end of this URL to display a selection of Plum metrics:

Impact Story