Understanding Research Metrics and Indicators WEBINAR



Research metrics are sometimes controversial, therefore using multiple complementary metrics can help to provide a more complete picture and reflect different aspects of research productivity and impact in the final assessment.

This session will focus on understanding publication related metrics, and how they are calculated. We will showcase the metrics available in Scopus, as well as those specifically used at Heriot-Watt, and demonstrate how metrics can be applied and monitored for developing publication strategies, understanding your performance, and identifying key leading researchers in your field of research.

Journal metrics: Impact Factor (IF), CiteScore, SNIP & SJR

  • How to find an above average journal in your research area
  • What is considered to be a good CiteScore or Impact Factor for a journal
  • How to compare journals using different metrics

Author level metrics: H-index

  • How can you measure the number of publications published by an individual; often requested as part of researcher profile information and why it should be used with caution.

Article level metrics / Alternative metrics

  • PlumX Metrics: A range of indicators covering usage (views and click throughs), captures (e.g. reference managers) mentions and social media (blogs, news, comments, reviews, Wikipedia)
  • Field Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI): Have your papers been cited more than would be expected based on the world average for similar publications?
  • Percentile Benchmark: Complements FWCI by indicating which percentile a paper falls within, with respect to the number of citations received