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Publishing and Metrics


Bibliometric analysis includes the use of data from citation counts and publication counts from peer reviewed journals and conferences. For bibliometrics, the more people are citing your work, the better academic impact you’re seen to have.

A disclaimer: It is bad practice to compare h-indexes and citation rates across academic fields.


The aim of the h-index is to measure both research outputs as well as academic impact. This way, someone who publishes a lot, does not have much impact does not get ahead on volume alone, and someone who has contributed only one paper with a lot of citations does not get an unfair advantage.

Your h-index is the number of publications you have, cross referenced for how many times those publications have been cited. You could have only ten papers, but if each of those papers had been cited ten or more times, your h-index is ten. If you have 80 papers, but only five of those have been cited five or more times, your h-index is five.

Citation counts

Citation counts are used in bibliometrics to evaluate:

  • Individual authors
  • Publications
  • Institutions or research departments
  • Journals

Scopus, Web of Science and Google Scholar are the three main places where citation counts can be found.


Altmetrics measurements include the conversations around research, and include social media, views and downloads  They are seen as a way to measure the engagement and attention your work has received. You can access the database Altmetric.com via the library (sign in using your UTS details, and then use the Continue as a Guest tab).

Finding media coverage

In some disciplines, traditional bibliometrics are not a good measure of your research. If you are interested in seeing where your research is being reported on, the databases under the News Databases are a good place to look.

Policy, reports & publications

Under the new definitions o research impact, researchers need to demonstrate the impact of their work on society. This could include government or organisational policy or practice, health procedure or improved patient outcomes, or legal precedent. If you need further information, we recommend you contact the Research and Innovation Office.


Researcher Profiles and Author Identifiers

Author identifiers and researcher profiles are online identity tools that make it easy for funders, collaborators and colleagues to find you. They ensure your work is properly attributed, removing author ambiguity, so that you can fully showcase your scholarly outputs. 


ORCiD is an online identity tool open to the public, where you can include your biography, publications, works as well as links to research and social networks including Web of Science, Scopus, LinkedIn, etc. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher in these networks.


Symplectic is the research outputs management system for all UTS researchers. It captures research publication data either by linking to ORCID, searching online academic databases (e.g. Scopus or Web of Science) or via manual data entry.

Scopus Author ID

Scopus Author ID is an author identifier that can collect all your publications indexed in Scopus database.  Searching your Scopus Author ID in Scopus database, you can see your publication analysis report including h-index, total citations, co-authors and more. You will need to regularly check your Scopus profile by conducting an Author search, and do Author profile correction to add missing articles, merge duplicate profiles if necessary.  


ResearcherID is an author identifier that groups all your publications indexed in Web of Science database. Searching your Researcher ID in Web of Science database, you can immediately see your citation metrics, e.g. total articles, h-index, sum of the times cited, average citations per article and more.

Google Scholar Profile

Google Scholar Profile helps you locate your publications quickly.  Your Google Scholar profile displays your papers with citations, your h-index and i10-index.  Google Scholar auto updates your citations, h-index and i10-index.

Workflow of maintaining researcher profiles

  1. Go to SCOPUS, use Author Search to identify author by name and affiliation, combine multiple profiles (if there are any) and export publications to ORCID.
  2. In your ORCID profile, you should now have the publications imported from SCOPUS . If articles are missing, you can search by publication name in CrossRef and add to ORCID.
  3. Export publications in ORCID to ResearcherID, this will help to maximise your h-index in Web of Science.
  4. Make sure your ORCID ID, SCOPUS author ID and ResearcherID are linked in Symplectic. Your publications from SCOPUS, WOS and ORCID will be updated in your Symplectic profile automatically.
Workflow of maintaining researcher profiles

The Library can provide advice on number of tools to support you in choosing where to publish. While they are useful, they should be balanced with advice from your colleagues, supervisor or faculty on the best ways to publish in your discipline.


Before publishing your research it is important to know about Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) and the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Evaluation Scheme and why they matter to you as a researcher.

A requirement of HERDC is that the University reports on its research income and publications to the Government in order ensure that research grants are allocated in a fair and transparent way and to support the policy intent of the funding.

ERA evaluates the quality of the research in Australian universities against national and international benchmarks. For your research to be used in the UTS ERA submission, you must publish in a journal in the ERA journal list. These are created by committees of expert researchers from both Australia and international institutions, and are a comprehensive collection of journals and conferences.

In order to fulfil HERDC and ERA requirements, after you publish, you will normally submit your journal article, conference paper, book chapter or other publication into the Research and Innovation Office’s Symplectic Elements.

On submitting your publication details via Symplectic Elements, deposit a copy of your work in OPUS, the institutional repository, to comply with the UTS Open Access Policy. OPUS will digitally store your work for the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) process.

The two main points to take away from this are:

  • All research outputs should be reported to the Research and Innovation Office (RIO). RIO has much more detailed information about reporting requirements
  • You should try to ensure that if you are publishing in a journal, it is in the ERA journals list. A good place to find current lists of ERA journals by subject area (known as Field of Research codes or FOR codes), or ability to search by title, or ISSN is John Lamp's ERA site, as it is easier to navigate and search than the official version of the list.

Scopus – Journal Analyzer

In Scopus, there is an Analytics link that will take you to the Journal Analyzer. This tool allows you to compare and evaluate journals in your field. Once journals are identified, a series of charts analysing the following will be generated:

  • SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) score. This score comes from the number of citations received by the journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where the citations came from.
  • SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper). This score is determined by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in the subject field of the journal it was published in.
  • Citations – Total number of citations for the journal for all publications since 1996.
  • Documents – Total number of documents published per year for the journal.
  • Percent not cited – Documents that were not cited, per published year.
  • Percentage of review articles in that journal that were published each year.

Journal Citation Reports (JCR)

Journal Citation Reports (JCR) are a useful tool for discovering journals by subject category, and for evaluating journals using citation data. It Can be used to help understand which journals get the most citations per articles by showing you the journals have the highest number of citations per article, and how quickly those articles are cited.  If you can publish in these journals, theoretically you will have a higher chance of being cited yourself.

It is possible to see lists of journals by categories, search for a known title, or view all journals included in JCR.

Search Tip:

It is important to remember to select either JCR Science Edition or JCR Social Sciences Edition from the left side of the page and then click ‘SUBMIT’ before you start searching. The term Social Sciences is extremely broad and is inclusive of areas like business, nursing, and criminology, although some are included in both Sciences and Social Sciences.

Once a title has been selected, the following useful information is available:

  • Total cites – Total number of citations for the journal for all publications since 1996.
  • Impact Factor - Calculated by dividing the number of citations in the year by the total number of articles published in the two years before.
  • 5 Impact Factor – As above, only over a 5 year period.
  • Immediacy Index - how quickly articles in the journal are cited.
  • Cited Half-life – The median age of the journals that were cited in the year selected.
  • Issues/Year – How frequently the journal is published.
  • Journal Rank in Categories – How the journal is performing against other journals in the same subject area.


Ulrich's periodicals directory is a database that is all about journals. Before you publish, do a quick search for the journal’s title. It will give you some basic information (description, how frequently it is published) as well as information about which database/s the journal is included in. This will help you know that if you publish in that journal, other academics will easily be able to find the article in the databases they regularly search. This will hopefully lead to more citations!

Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC)

Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) have created Journal Review List for business researchers. The have ranked the journals using the same A* - C rating system used by the original ERA journal list, allowing researchers to see at a glance the prestige of the journal.

As with ERA, John Lamp has created ABDC Journal Rankings Access, a searchable (by title or ISSN) website that is easier to search than the official excel spreadsheet.

Google Journal Rankings

Google Journal Rankings are available for a range of languages, but are fairly limited. There is no ability to search for journal titles, and journals are ranked by h5-indexes.


If you’re interested in learning more about using these resources, book into a workshop or an individual researcher consultation.

In this competitive environment, there are many tools and strategies researchers can adopt to promote their research and interact with scholarly communities around the world.

Many researchers are recognising the rapidly evolving role of social media in academic communication. Social media gives researchers a way to instantly connect and engage with communities around the world.


Blogging is an easy way to promote and communicate your research to the scholarly community, allowing you to test your ideas and gather feedback. It has an added benefit of sharing your work with the general public who often cannot easily access scholarly works.

Two blogging platforms we recommend are:

You can see some examples of academic blogs from people in our research community in our Catalogue. The Library also runs a workshop on blogging for research and individual research consultations for additional help.


Twitter is a free micro-blogging service that uses short 140 character messages called tweets. You can use this to easily share information about your research, learn about what other researchers are doing and engage in conversation with other users.  It is quite useful at conferences, where you can use twitter to join in the conversation, share links to your presentation and see what other people say about your paper.

The library runs a workshop on using twitter for research and can offer individual research consultations. If you would like to get started straight away, Mashable has a fantastic guide to twitter.

Social Networking sites: Academia.edu, Research Gate, Mendeley and LinkedIn

There are several social networking sites specifically designed for academics or industry professionals. These sites allow you to share your experience, link to your papers, keep a CV and find and follow your peers. Creating profiles on one or more of these sites make you and your research more findable, particularly if you don’t have an official staff profile at UTS (e.g. casuals and PhD students).

Some of the sites we recommend are:

The library runs a workshop on Academic Networking and can offer individual research consultations.

Share your research: Video, Presentations & Photographs

Presentations: Make your presentations easy to embed, share and view by uploading them on Slideshare. This is particularly useful at conferences so people can have access to your information and presentation while they await your conference paper or journal article.

Pictures: Flickr is a photo sharing site that allows you to show, embed and share your photos. You can choose how other people reuse your material by choosing the appropriate Creative Commons license.

Video: If your research is particularly visual, or is best explained in a visual way YouTube and Vimeo allow you to share videos, give advice and build community interest in your research. These sites make it easy for you and other people to share your videos on social media and embed in websites.

Copyright and Privacy considerations

It is always important when you are making your work available to the public that you carefully consider any copyright, IP or commercialisation issues surrounding it. We highly recommend having a look at the following sites:


With anything publically available online it is important to be careful with your private information. At the same time in order to be well known and promote your research you need to communicate about yourself and your work in the public arena. It’s about finding a balance.
Some things to think about:

  • Investigate and understand the privacy settings on the tools you use.
  • While we don’t always recommend it, you can set up personal and private accounts to keep your work and home lives separate.

If you have any questions about this please feel free to contact a Librarian to discuss privacy options and social media.

The Library runs workshops on promoting your research and also offer for research and can offer individual research consultations.



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