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Bibliometrics: Metrics for your CV

Learn how to track citations to your research and the limitations of using bibliometric indicators

Introduction

It is extremely difficult to “measure” the impact of an individual researcher or a research group on the discipline or society. However, bibliometrics can help to broadly inform evaluation alongside qualitative, expert assessment and review.

Remember to use metrics responsibly - do not use journal metrics to demonstrate the impact of your research, and if you use quantitative measures, do not use them in isolation and without context. 

Consider highlighting a shortlist of your most "impactful" outputs, and providing evidence of who has benefited from them and how.

How to improve your impact

  • Use a standardised institutional affiliation and address e.g. University College Dublin, School of Mathematics and Statistics, Dublin, Ireland
     
  • Collaborate with researchers in other institutions
     
  • Publish Open Access or deposit your publication in Research Repository UCD. 
     
  • Use SEO (search engine optimisation) by carefully selecting title and keywords for your publication
     
  • Register for an ORCID to improve identifiability in databases
     
  • Present preliminary research findings at meetings and conferences
     
  • Join academic social networking sites, e.g. Humanities Commons
     
  • Consider communicating information about your research via Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn (if relevant to industry), podcasts or other social media channels

Keeping track of your research

  • Set up citation alerts for your publications in Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar
     
  • Sign up on scholarly networking sites, list your publications there and track how often they have been viewed and who is following you.
     
  • Use alternative metrics (Altmetrics) to track the impact of your research. Downloads, mentions in mainstream and social media, and mentions in policy documents can be broad indicators of the attention your research is receiving among certain audiences

Examples of Alternative Metrics