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What are Research Impact Metrics?

Research Impact Metrics are about measuring the Impact of a Journal, an article, a website, or an individual researcher.  The impact is commonly measured by the number of citations that a scholarly work gets. However, this is not the only way to measure the quality of a journal.

Why would I want to discover the impact of a journal?

For authors: Publishing in a higher impact journal is potentially beneficial to your career progression and PBRF ranking.

For researchers: Articles published in a higher impact journal may be better written and/or more significant.

Common impact measures

Some of the common tools to measure impact are:

Journal metrics

CiteScore, SCIMago Journal & Country Rank (SJR), Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP), Journal Impact Factor, EigenfactorAltmetrics

Article or website metrics

Citation tracking

Author researcher metrics


Find Metrics

Use these links to find journal metrics and lists of reliable/trustworthy journals

Citation Tracking and Web Analytics

In Google Scholar,  Use Google Scholar Citations OR Search for your work and click on 'Cited By' underneath the record for your work

Some Ebsco databases have a citation tracking feature. 

Google Analytics is a free tool to measure the impact of your website

Scopus. (2017). CiteScore 16: How does it work? [Video]. Retrieved from:


Elsevier Journals. (2010). Introduction SJR SNIP powered by Scopus [Video]. Retrieved from