Cited Reference Searching & Journal Rankings: Alternative Metrics

How to locate articles and other documents that have cited a previously published document. Also how to determine where a journal is ranked in relation to others in its field.

What are Alternative Metrics?

Alternative metrics is the concept of broadly measuring the influence of one's scholarly body of work.  It supplements the traditional article citation counts and journal impact measures with metrics that look at the scholarly, applied, social, economic uses and impacts of scholarly endeavors.  Alternative metrics also expands the understanding of scholarly work beyond articles and books to include other contributions which advance knowledge and benefit society, including data sets, software and code, experimental design or innovation, presentations, blogging, commercial products, and much more.

Primary Tools for Alternative Metrics

A growing number of tools are being developed to help you measure the influence of your scholarly work.  A few of the primary sources:

Other Tools to Use/Watch

  • iCite
    NIH tool to upload PMIDs of articles to access bibliometric data, including the Relative Citation Ratio which compares an article's citation impact to that of the average NIH-funded paper.

Author ID

One of the best steps to ensuring credit for your scholarly work is through Author IDs.  Several Identification systems are available and most cooperate to share information.  Register with all of the primary sites to distinguish yourself and your work from others with similar names.