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Measuring research impact

Gauge the online conversations surrounding specific research with Altmetric, analyse and track research with Scopus, or cross-search a range of citations with Web of Science.


Altmetric is a web-based platform that enables you to search, monitor and measure online conversations surrounding the research outputs of specific authors, research groups and departments at your institution.

Altmetric data can support our institution in a number of key areas:

  • Funding (applications, reporting and alumni donations)
    Support your faculty in finding evidence of broader impact and engagement for use in funding applications, and to showcase the attention research from your institution generates in order to encourage further support.

  • Reputation management
    Monitor early engagement and be aware of who is talking about your research, and what they’re saying. Ensure that the work of your institution and your researchers is accurately reported and communicated.

  • Benchmarking
    Access to the full Altmetric database means that you can compare the attention your research receives to that from peer institutions or research centres, and work to improve your comparative reach.

  • Inform strategic planning
    Understand who is talking about your research and where it is having most impact. Identify areas for improvement, collaboration and support research strategy decisions.

  • Drive marketing and communications activity
    Determine what effect your outreach activities are having, and monitor interest and dissemination of your research in markets around the world.

For further information about and help with Altmetric, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

There are also a number of Altmetric guides available:



Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyse and visualize research:

  • Search documents, authors and institutions, refining results by access type, source type, year, language, author, affiliation, funding sponsor etc.
  • Link to full-text articles YSJU already subscribes to, along with other Library resources.
  • Export data to reference management tools such as Zotero, Mendeley, RefWorks and EndNote.
  • Stay up-to-date with Email Alerts, RSS and HTML feeds.
  • Integrate with ORCID so other researchers can connect to you and your work.
  • Track citations over time for a set of authors or documents using Citation Overview.
  • Assess trends in search results with Analyse Results.
  • Gain insight into journal performance with Compare Journals, a tool allowing you to analyse journals across multiple metrics, including CiteScore.

CiteScore metrics

CiteScore measures citation impact of sources including journals. A journal’s CiteScore is calculated by the average number of citations received in a calendar year (e.g. 2018), divided by the number of documents indexed in Scopus for that journal published in the preceding three years (e.g. 2017, 2016 and 2015).

For further information and help with Scopus, please contact the Research at York St John team.

Web of Science

Web of Science is a multidisciplinary research tool which allows you to cross search a range of citation indexes and databases. The Web of Science Core Collection provides access to:

  • Science Citation Index Expanded (1970–present)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (1970–present)
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975–present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Science (1990–present)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Social Science & Humanities (1990–present)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015–present)

Web of Science guides you through the search and discovery process from a single platform:

  • Search across data, books, journals and patents.
  • Find, analyse, and share the most relevant information in science, social science, arts and humanities.
  • Discover emerging trends to inform your research, and identify collaborators with influence.
  • Analyse data using citation tracking, citation counts, and author h-index calculations.
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