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Metrics and Impact: Help & FAQs

Help & FAQs

A. Web of Science and Scopus citation metrics are used in world university rankings, and in the national Excellence in Research for Australia, so can be considered prestigious.

The content coverage between Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar varies depending on the sources used, with Scopus and Web of Science being curated resources that go through extensive selection inclusion processes.

Google Scholar counts may be higher as it includes a wider range of sources, and foreign language content, but has no published policy on content inclusion, and results cannot be easily exported.

A.  Always quote a DOI when using social media to maximise mentions and tracking of engagement. Also see Altmetric’s Why has this mention of my paper been missed?

A. Altmetric Explorer tracks where research outputs have been referenced in selected policy documents. Search Altmetric Explorer for your name, then look for policy source mentions (represented in purple)


This guide introduces you to the most commonly used author and journal metrics. 
This guide covers tools that let you:

  • View citation counts
  • Create an h-index
  • Manage your research profile
  • Identify journal impact measures

The numbers that are generated are not absolutes. They should be used in conjunction with other quantitative and qualitative measures.

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