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Author metrics

Impact metrics

Citation indexes are the most common method of evaluating the impact of research publication by individual authors. Each citation source produces slightly different results, depending on its subject content and time period coverage.  Therefore, multiple sources should be used to judge the true impact of an author's work.

  • If the database does not recommend a particular author search method, search using different forms of the cited author's name (initials, first and last names, etc.)
  • If the author you're searching for is second or third author, search by the lead author to locate the cited references.
  • Determining the transcription of author names in foreign languages and non-Roman script in each database may require extra effort.

Tools you can use

  • Web of Science »
    Web of Science is a citation database on the Web of Knowledge platform from Thomson Reuters. Access Web of Science tutorials to learn how to perform Cited Reference Searching, produce citation reports including H-index results, and more.
  • Scopus »
    Scopus is a citation database from Elsevier. Choose the author search tab to obtain a citation overview, and set up citation alerts for authors and documents.
  • Publish or Perish »
    Publish or Perish is a software program developed to analyze citations in Google Scholar. It may be useful for areas not well covered by the Web of Science or Scopus.

In addition to citations, you should include esteem measures in any grant or promotion application. These can include invitations to speak at conferences; involvement in committees, organizations or societies; editor or reviewer of a journal; awards or rankings in prestigious lists; media coverage of your research in the popular press; consultation work informing public policy decisions; issued patents or standards work.

Author identifiers



Looking for an easy way to keep your author profile up to date? Publications under multiple aliases? Tired of having to enter the same information in submission systems?

The Library recommends you register for ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID, a unique number used to distinguish scholars from one another. Over 700 researchers affiliated with uOttawa have already done so!

ORCID is a registry of unique identifiers for researchers and scholars that is open, non-proprietary, transparent, and community-based. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier to distinguish you from all other researchers, automatically linking your professional activities at many points in the scholarly workflow. For example:

  • Publishers like The Royal Society, PLOS, IEEE, APA, and PNAS, among many others, are collecting ORCID iDs during manuscript submission. Your ORCID iD makes your work attributable to you and only you.
  • Professional associations like the Society for Neuroscience and Modern Language Association are incorporating ORCID iDs into membership renewal
  • Funding agencies are incorporating ORCID iDs during grant submission and plan to use it to reduce the administrative burden during submission.

Over time, this collaborative effort will reduce redundant entry of biographical and bibliographical data into multiple systems. Your ORCID iD will belong to you throughout your scholarly career as a persistent identifier to distinguish you from other researchers and ensure consistent, reliable attribution of your work.

Get started

  1. Register for your unique ORCID identifier in under 30 seconds
  2. Add your your professional information and link to your other identifiers (such as Scopus, ResearcherID or LinkedIn)
  3. Use your ORCID iD regularly when you submit publications, apply for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.

Want to know more?

Check out the ORCID Knowledge Base

Other identifiers


ResearcherID integrates with the Web of Knowledge platform and allows researchers to manage publication lists, track their citation counts and h-index, and identify potential collaborators.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Citations allows you to create an author profile in order to manage and track citation counts for your articles indexed by Google Scholar.

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