Skip to Main Content

bullhorn iconFor the most current information on the status of Libraries operations, services and policies visit UW Libraries Operations Updates. Online resources and support are available 24/7

Research Guides

What to Track? (1)

Review the Becker Model for Assessment of Research Impact for ideas.                        

✽ List of indicators to document evidence of biomedical research impact.                                            

✽ Framework to help you decide what information to collect on an ongoing basis.

✽ Examples include:

  • contributions to healthcare policies or practice guidelines
  • presentations to audiences outside your field
  • contributions to development of drugs, devices, or research methods
  • repurposing existing data for new uses

Author Impact (2)

Generate your author profile in Scopus.                              Image result for scopus

  1. Click on "Author Search."
  2. Search for your name.
  3. Retrieve your author profile.
  4. Sort the list of references so the most frequently-cited references are listed first.

Your author profile contains:

  • list of your publications in Scopus
  • citation counts for all articles listed
  • your h-index
  • charts and grafts (click "analyze author output.")

Article Citations (3)

Conduct a Cited Reference Search (Cited Reference Searching Guide)

Use Scopus or Web of Science to identify articles that have cited one of your articles. 

  • Examine results to see how others have benefited from and built on your work.
  • Consider documenting the "citation count."

Use the "Analyze Results" function in Scopus or Web of Science to look for trends within the articles that have cited yours. [Scopus example shown below.]



✽ Use the Google Scholar "Cited By" link to find scholarly articles, book chapters, and "grey literature" that have cited one of your articles. 

  • Google Scholar typically retrieves more citing references than Scopus and Web of Science do. 
  • Google Scholar tends to find more non-English language publications, more non-scholarly articles, and more duplicate publications.

Alternative Metrics (4)

Altmetric It!                                 Image result for altmetric donut

  • Download and use this Altmetric bookmarklet to generate "alternative metrics" for individual articles posted on the web.
  • captures news and social media references (blog posts, tweets, Facebook posts) to articles in addition to traditional article citations.
  • Can be especially useful for documenting interest in new articles that haven't been cited yet.

Increasing the Visibility of Your Work

  • Register for an ORCID ID and use it when you publish.
  • Publish in open access journals to improve access for people who aren't affiliated with well-funded institutions.
  • Deposit articles in institutional repositories (e.g., UW's ResearchWorks) or discipline-specific repositories (e.g., PubMed Central).
  • Give your publications clear, concise titles.  Include important keywords in the abstract.
  • Share your research through mechanisms other than journal articles, such as giving conference presentations, sharing research data, and mentoring.
  • Present seminars related to your research to groups outside your field, including policy makers, health care providers, and consumers.

Credit for many of these ideas is owed to the Washington University Becker Medical Library's publication "Enhancing Your Impact."