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Publication Metrics

This is a guide to the various metrics used to measure research impact.

What Are Article-Level Metrics

The purpose of article-level metrics is to establish the impact of an article. The most common way of evaluating this is to count the number of times an article has been cited in other articles. Citation counts vary by the database used because the number of journal titles included varies.

Find Citation Count on Web of Science

Connect to Web of Science
Select "Cited Reference Search;"
Enter author's name, the work's source, and/or publication year for the cited work;
"Select Page" or "Select All" for the cited works;
"Finish Search" to retrieve results

Find Citation Counts on Google Scholar

Connect to Google Scholar and search for an article.

Faculty Opinions (formerly Faculty of 1000 Prime)

Faculty Opinions from ScienceNow identifies and recommends important articles in biology and medical research publications. Articles are selected by a peer-nominated global 'Faculty' of scientists and clinicians who then rate them and explain their importance. 

Essential Science Indicators from Web of Science