How to improve your metrics

Monitor your own metrics, Familiarise yourself with the newer metrics, Use and include unique identifiers, Maintain your author profile in Scopus

Monitor your own metrics

Increasingly, metrics are used in HE at the level of the individual, for example, for performance evaluation, in grant applications, or for recruitment.  In such an environment, it is prudent to monitor and understand your own bibliometric and altmetrics profiles.  Tools such as SciVal and the Altmetric EFI can help you do this.

Familiarise yourself with the newer metrics

You should also be aware of the push towards responsible metrics.  This move means that some of the older, non-normalised metrics with which you may be familiar such as the h-index or Journal Impact Factor (JIF) are actually being used much less frequently, if at all.  In light of this, you may find it helpful to widen your understanding to include some of the newer, normalised metrics that feature increasingly in bibliometrics. This poster provides a quick explanation of the most well-known metrics, both new and old.

Use and include unique identifiers

Unique identifiers exist for researchers and research outputs.  Examples include ORCID for researchers and DOIs and other types of persistent identifiers for publications.  

Attaching unique identifiers to yourself and your work goes a long way to helping bibliometric and altmetric tools track you and your outputs easily. Remember, you should never expect your name to suffice as a unique identifier!

Furthermore, most altmetric tools, including the Altmetric EFI we use at Surrey, require some sort of unique identifier to be referenced in an online mention of a research output in order for the tool to recognise and to capture that mention.  For example, if a tweet about your journal article doesn't include the DOI for that article, then the EFI won't capture that tweet.  

There are exceptions to this rule for the Altmetric EFI when it comes to mentions of your research in the news or in policy documents.  But, it is always better to play it safe and include unique identifiers where and when you can!  Bear in mind that this may mean pushing journalists and editors to include them, too.  

Maintain your author profile in Scopus

At Surrey we use SciVal as our bibliometric tool. SciVal pulls its data directly from Scopus. Therefore, it is really important that your Scopus Author Profile is up to date and complete.  Unfortunately, Scopus has a habit of creating multiple profiles for the same person, so a key part of maintaining your author profile is making sure that you only have one in Scopus!

This Scopus guide will take you through the various steps of checking and correcting your author profile.  

Always use exactly the same address affiliation

When publishing at Surrey, always include your affiliation address in exactly the same format on your publications.  

Both the Scopus and Web of Science algorithms use address affiliation information to search and sort publications. While these algorithms can undertake a certain amount of 'fuzzy matching', they will often not recognise that two publications with slightly differently worded address affiliations are by the same author.  Make it easy for them and always write your address exactly the same way!  Also, bear in mind that you may have to push extra hard to ensure that your editors follow this rule, too.

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