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Metrics and Impact: Normalised metrics

Category Normalised Citation Impact

A Category Normalised Citation Impact (CNCI) is an indicator of impact normalised for field/discipline, time and document type. It shows how your paper or group of papers performs relative to baselines and so puts citations in context.

The CNCI in InCites is similar to the Field Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) in SciVal (UniSA does not subscribe to SciVal).

A CNCI value of one represents performance at par with the world average. Values above one are considered above average, and values below one are below average. A CNCI value of two is considered twice the world average.

Refer to the Research Quick Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to determine your CNCI, and also consider other metrics, such as:

  • Documents in Top 1%
  • Documents in Top 10%
  • % Documents in Q1 Journals
  • % Industry Collaboration
  • % International Collaboration

If your ORCiD or ResearcherID is not up to date, you can find your CNCI by using the Researchers tile and searching for your name using the By AttributesPerson Name or ID option  or use the WoS Author Record (beta) option in InCites. If you need assistance generating your CNCI,  please contact Ask the Library.

When quoting your metrics, remember to include InCites as the source, for example: My CNCI is 1.52  (viewed InCites, 10 June 2020)

Normalised Citation Impact on your Academic Staff Activity Report or research dashboard

When looking at the Normalised Citation Impact (NCI) on your Academic Staff Activity Report (ASAR), or in other internal reporting, the calculation is based on:

"Citations per publication normalised for subject focus, age, and document type. Value of one represents performance on par with world average. Uses the My Organisations Dataset (as defined by Academic Staff and Journal Articles), most recent 6 full calendar years, includes ESCI. Web of Science schema." It is updated quarterly.   (Information from Academic Staff Activity Report Definitions documentation, in BI Hub (staff access only)


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InCites is a customised, citation-based research analytics tool that enables you to analyse individual and institutional productivity and benchmark your output against peers worldwide. 

InCites is produced by Clarivate Analytics and uses bibliographic record and citation data generated from Web of Science, and Journal Citation Reports.


  1. The easiest way to view individual author metrics in InCites is using your ORCiD ID. To keep your ORCiD up to date, register your ORCiD with UniSA so the Works section of your profile is automatically updated.
  2. Start planning early when thinking about gathering and generating metrics. It can take up to 7 weeks for your profile to update: 2 weeks in Web of Science, and then an extra 4 weeks in InCites

To access InCites:

  • On the InCites database page, login at the Resource available at: InCites.
  • The InCites screen will appear. At the Sign In page, you will be required to login using your EndNote Web or Web of Science/Publons email and password.
  • If you have not registered before you will need to create an account to use InCites, then Register an email address to sign into InCites from anywhere.

InCites Help

InCites has comprehensive help resources available online.

The video shown below is using the old interface however some of the explanations are still relevant.


When using InCites, keep in mind that:

  • InCites presents a snapshot of data, and is updated at the end of each month. InCites will generally be one month behind the metrics shown in Web of Science, which is updated daily
  • Updating between ORCiD and Web of Science may take up to 2 weeks
  • If you need to find current citation counts, total times cited, or generate a H-index, then use Web of Science (not InCites). If your ORCiD or ResearcherID is current, then you can also generate these metrics in Publons

Scopus and FWCI

Similar to CNCI on InCites, Scopus’ Field Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) can be seen on individual publications.  Look for Metrics in the left hand frame under Abstract, both the FWCI and percentile data displays. See What is Field-weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)? for more information.