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Profiles & persistent identifiers

Contact us if you’d like help with any of the resources on this page or if you’d like help creating your own researcher profiles and persistent digital identifiers. These can be included in email signatures, webpages, grant applications, resumes, etc.

  • ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)
    An ORCID will associate your research activities and outputs to you with a persistent ID. It is becoming the most prevalent identifier and can be linked with others in this list (example).
  • ResearcherID
    This ID is found in Web of Science from Thomson Reuters. It displays citation metrics, including your h-index (example).
  • Scopus Author Identifier
    Each author in Scopus is automatically assigned a unique number but you should check that your’s is up-to-date. It displays citation metrics, including your h-index, and includes a visual author identifier (example).
  • My Citations in Google Scholar
    My Citations automatically updates publications and citations from Google Scholar. It displays citation metrics, including your h-index (example).
  • ResearchGate
    Creating a profile on ResearchGate may help you stay connected to other researchers in your field but it also offers a score based on your contributions, interactions, and reputation (example).
  • Academia.edu
    You can follow other researchers in your field and it also offers analytics on your profile and on your individual papers.
  • ImpactStory
    Create an ImpactStory profile to see how often you are cited, saved by scholars, or discussed by the public (example).

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Author-level metrics

  • Web of Science
    Use "Author Finder" to identify the variants of an author’s name. Once you have found an author's publications, select "Create Citation Report" to obtain a breakdown of the author’s cited references and h-index (see the graph below). Highly cited authors are included in Essential Science Indicators. Author profiles are available for those that set up ResearcherIDs or ORCIDs.
  • Scopus
    Use "Author Search" to identify the variants of an author’s name. Click on "View citation overview" for the author's profile and h-index (see the graph below).
  • Google Scholar
    Profiles are available for those authors that set up My Citations.
  • ResearchGate
    Scores authors that set up profiles in ResearchGate, based on contributions, interactions, and reputation.

The h-index graph below marks the place where the number of citations meets the number of papers published. Read more about the h-index from Hirsch's article in arXiv.

h-index

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  • April [dot] Colosimo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4765
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Article-level metrics

  • Web of Science
    Provides citation counts from publications in Web of Knowledge databases (highly cited articles are included in Essential Science Indicators).
  • Scopus
    Provides citation counts from publications in Scopus from 1996 to present but alternative metrics are also included when available. Data from Altmetric gives a score for individual articles based on the quantity and quality of attention received, such as tweets and readers in Mendeley, and CiteULike (example).
  • Google Scholar
    Provides citation counts from items in Google Scholar and links to Web of Science citations for those with access to the database. Watch this 2-minute video on Google Scholar "Cited by" option.
  • CiteSeerX
    Citation statistics for the literature in computer and information science.
  • Mendeley
    Crowd-sourced resource that provides information on readership.
  • ImpactStory
    Provides citation counts, saves by scholars, and tweets.
  • Individual publishers
    Increasingly, publishers are providing metrics at the article level with information on the many ways that they are viewed, cited, saved, and discussed, such as Public Library of Science (PLOS), BioMed CentralRoyal Society of Chemistry, and Institute of Physics. Citation counts, provided by CrossRef, are available for Springer articles and chapters.
If you'd like to read up on article-level metrics, we recommend this SPARC Primer. For more information on emerging alternative metrics for evaluating impact, visit this altmetrics bibliography.

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  • April [dot] Colosimo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4765
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Journal-level metrics

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  • April [dot] Colosimo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4765
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Institutional-level metrics

  • Web of Science
    Has an Organization-Enhanced field to pull out documents from an institution. Use the Analyze Results and Citation Report (for up to 10000 records) options from the results page.
  • Essential Science Indicators
    Uses citation counts from highly cited articles in Web of Science to rank institutions worldwide.
  • Scopus
    View the unique ID of an institution, the number of documents, authors, and patents by performing an Affiliation search. The citation overview is available for a maximum of 20,000 documents from the institution.
  • Mapping Scientific Excellence
    Estimated probabilities of institutions of (i) publishing highly cited papers (Best Paper Rate) or (ii) publishing in the most influential journals (Best Journal Rate) using data from Scopus.

Liaison librarian

  • April [dot] Colosimo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4765
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  • Catalogue record

Software

  • Publish or Perish
    Uses Google Scholar to analyze academic citations.
  • CitNetExplorer
    For visualizing and analyzing citation networks of imported scientific publications.
  • VOSviewer
    Create maps based on network datafor analyzing bibliometric networks.

Liaison librarians

  • April [dot] Colosimo [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-4765
  • Giovanna [dot] Badia [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-7340

Training

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Contact us if you’d like help with any of the resources on this page or if you’d like help creating your own researcher profiles and persistent digital identifiers.

Webinars

Impact measurements demystified webinar series

 
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There are no webinars currently scheduled. If you are interested in learning about impact measurements, please contact Giovanna Badia or April Colosimo. We can schedule webinars or in-person sessions for individuals or groups.

Part 1: Find the Most Influential Journals in Your Field

Join the library for a 30 minute, web-based seminar that will show you how to identify and compare the most frequently cited journals in your field using Journal Citation Reports and Scopus Analytics.

Part 2: Are You Being Cited & By Whom?

Need to show how influential your research has been? Take a 30 minute library webinar to learn how to use Web of Science and Scopus to find articles that have cited your work. You will also learn about the H-index and what it means for you.

Part 3: What's Hot in Your Field? Find Highly Cited Articles and Researchers

Interested in identifying significant authors and research trends in your field? Participate in a 30 minute, online library session that will demonstrate how to use Essential Science Indicators to discover the most frequently cited articles, authors, institutions, and journals in your subject area.

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