Bibliometrics is loosely defined as the counting and analyzing of written communications. The use of bibliometric data is not only evident in the World Ranking of Universities but also a number of the sub-panels assessing research as part of the Research Excellence Framework will be making use of citation information.
The following information will help academics to understand measures to gather bibliometric data and how their impact may be improved.
There are two major multidisciplinary citation databases for the counting and aggregating of citations; these are the Web of Science and Scopus. Both allow users to count the number of times they have been cited, to see their h-index and how many of their publications have been cited. A little less formal, and to be used with some care, is Google Scholar, which counts and aggregates citations across a broad range of disciplines and subject areas.
Journal rankings can help in deciding where to publish your work and to help maximise your citation impact. The Journal Citation Reports published through the Web of Knowledge rank the impact of journals in the sciences and social sciences, but not generally in the arts and humanities. The SCImago Journal and Country Rank ranks the journals found in Scopus, and include many from the arts and humanities. Both ranking tools also have a range of other metrics which allow users to assess other factors.
Making your work open access can help improve its visibility, the number of times it is downloaded and its citation impact. The University of Surrey helps you to achieve this via Surrey Research Insight.
Occasionally errors may appear in citation databases and these can cause mis-citation within the database and could lead others to mis-cite your work as well. Both the Web of Science and Scopus invite users to correct their entries to their author profiles and article data. Google Scholar asks that you contact the owner of the data source over which it 'crawls', to make the necessary corrections to their original records.
There are various links in Scopus where you can correct your author profile and records. Use the Author Feedback Wizard in Scopus to help assign any of your name variants correctly. You can Request Author Detail Corrections or Request to Merge Authors whilst conducting author searches. You can contact them by email for author profile and general corrections.
Be consistent in how you give your initials, forenames and surname. If you change your name you can request to merge author names in Scopus as noted above. Similarly in the Web of Science if you register for its ResearcherID you can manage your publications and citation profile.
Check the final proofs of your work particularly that bibliographic data is correct. Notably this should ensure your name and affiliation are correctly given. For example, the University name should be given as - University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH, Surrey, England.
To minimise the possibility of being mis-cited, check that you reference yourself and colleagues correctly in the publication's referencing style.
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