How do I measure my Impact?

Measuring impact

It is important to understand how metrics can be used to measure scholarly outputs and report impact to the university. The following three cards look at how you can measure your impact.

Research output metrics

Citation counts

Many academic impact metrics use indicators such as citation counts to evaluate impact. These metrics are based on a single research output, such as journal article, book chapter, creative work or conference proceeding. The most common metric is the number of citations a document has received.

You can find how many times your document has been cited using tools which track citations, including:


Other metrics for research outputs include the number of times your document has been viewed, downloaded or shared. These metrics are usually available with the published electronic version of your document in databases or repositories.

Griffith Research Online (GRO) for example, provides statistics regarding page views and document downloads. For your scholarly outputs to be correctly displayed in GRO, they first need to be recorded correctly in the Research Information Management System (RIMS):

Library holdings

Library holdings can be used as a general indicator of the impact of a book or book chapter. To determine how many copies of your book are held in libraries around the world search WorldCat or to check Australian libraries search Trove.

Other metrics that may be used to indicate the impact of a book include:

  • Book reviews
  • Prizes and awards
  • Sales figures 


Altmetrics allow you to track where your research is being viewed, shared and discussed (e.g. news outlets, social media, etc.) They can be used to demonstrate the potential impact of individual research outputs through the attention they receive.

Altmetrics can be useful as a supplement to traditional metrics. Find altmetric data by:

  • Installing the Altmetric bookmarklet - this allows you to see altmetric data for publications with a DOI
  • Viewing the Altmetric donut in the published electronic version of your document provided by some publishers
  • Creating an ImpactStory profile

Author metrics


Using tools like researcher identifiers can help you:

  • gather and maintain data on your research outputs
  • distinguish yourself from other researchers, especially relevant if you have a common name
  • showcase your work to employers, publishers, journal editors and grant funders

Using a consistent name is important for accurately identifying yourself and your work but be aware that this won't necessarily distinguish you from other researchers with the same name.

By creating an ORCiD identifier you are allocated a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers. ORCiD is integrated into a growing number of research systems such as journal submissions and grant applications. It allows researchers to link to other identifiers and resources, to gather accurate publication data and metrics.


One of the most common author metrics is the h-index  which measures impact and productivity and is calculated using the number of papers published and the citations those papers have received.

h-index = h number of papers that have been cited h number of times

It is important to be aware that your h-index will vary between databases, as it is calculated on the data held in that source.

You can find your h-index using the following resources:

ResearcherID is integrated with Web of Science. You can use your ResearcherID to ensure you are properly credited with your work in Web of Science and view your citation metrics. You can also view your collaboration network and citing articles network. 

Scopus author identifiers are assigned to all authors in the Scopus database. This unique number is used to group together all of the documents written by that author. If your work is assigned to two or more different identifiers, you can request that your work be merged under one identifier.

Google Scholar Citations profiles keep track of your articles and your citations. It also provides h-index and i10-index metrics. It is valuable to make your profile public so that it appears in Google Scholar search results when your name is searched.  

Other common metrics include:

The i10-index can be found in your Google Scholar Citations profile and is calculated as outlined below.

 i10-index = number of publications with at least 10 citations

g-index - is an alternative to the h-index and reflects the impact of highly cited papers. Details about how to calculate your g-index can be found here

m-quotient - incorporates the number of years since the first publication so as not to disadvantage early career researchers.

m-quotient = h-index / number of years since first published paper

Journal metrics

Measuring journal impact

Journal metrics are a method used to measure the impact of an academic journal. Journal rankings and metrics can be used to inform your publishing strategy, and can also help authors identify predatory publishers.

It is important to be aware that journal metrics can not measure the quality or impact of an individual research article. Griffith University does not use this metric as an indicator of quality or impact for reporting purposes. 

Most journal metrics are based on the number of citations the journal has received but each metric measures different elements of journal impact and provide different information.

Metrics like the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR), journal h-index and Journal Impact Factor can be used to compare journals within a discipline. These metrics use different approaches to calculate the average citations an article in each journal received.

When using most metrics it is important to compare within a discipline as different citation patterns in different research areas make it difficult to compare journals between discipline areas using one metric.

There are many other factors which are important to consider when comparing journals, beyond citations. Some metrics (e.g. Eigenfactor score, SNIP, SJR) are normalised or weighted to account for differences between disciplines. These metrics make it easier to compare journals between disciplines, but additional elements like the number of articles each journal publishes will also need to be considered when using these scores.


You can find journal metrics by using the following tools:

Use SCImago to find:

  • SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
  • Journal H-index
  • Total cites (last three years)
  • Average cites per document

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Use Scopus Journal Analyzer to analyse and compare journals, metrics include:

  • SJR
  • Source Normalised Citations per Paper (SNIP)
  • CiteScore

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Journal citation reports

Use Journal Citation Reports to find:

  • Journal Impact Factors
  • Total Cites
  • Eigenfactor Score 

View Google Scholar metrics which are based on a journal's five year h-index.

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Journal rankings

Journal rankings lists rank the quality of journals in a discipline and are created by discipline experts. You can use the rankings to demonstrate the impact of the journals you publish in.