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Scholarly Visibility & Impact

How to make a case and create a narrative around the scholarly contributions that are most valuable to you in academic evaluation.

Evidence of Academic Impact

There are a variety of ways you can demonstrate impact.  While scholarly citations are one important measure, you should also track and document and showcase other forms of impact, which may include:

  1. Testimonials
  2. Peer review
  3. Invitations to speak at or facilitate academic or community events
  4. Feedback from participants of workshops
  5. Student feedback
  6. Student progress, and student success rates over successive semesters
  7. Clinical implementation
  8. Incorporation of your work by local, regional or national standard setting organizations in your field
  9. Download numbers for your work from institutional repositories like IUScholarWorks or IUScholarWorks Open, or from journal websites.
  10. Policy mentions
  11. Legislative changes
  12. Patents
  13. News coverage
  14. Social media attention by other members of your field, including thought leaders

Tracking citations


You can set a citation alert from your Author Details page in Scopus.  You will need to create an account to do this.  See the instructions for getting to your Scopus Author Details page here.  The Scopus Author Details page also provides useful charts showing author output, citation overview, h-index and document & citation trends.

Web of Science

Access Clarivate's Web of Science at  Select author search and search for your name. This will take you to an algorithmically generated author record.  Click on a particular article.  In the far right column of the article page under Citation Network click on "Create Citation Alert".  You will be prompted to sign in or create an account to create a citation alert.

You can claim the author record if you wish to set up a profile and add further details to the author record.  However you can still use the feedback interface to correct your record, as well as all of the following features without setting up a profile:

  1. Use the "View as a set of results to export, analyze and link to full text" feature.  This will take you to a list of publications. 
  2. You can use the Analyze Results button in the far right column to generate a visualization of citation distribution across various disciplines,
  3. You can use the Create Citation Report  button, in the far right column, to view citation details, totals, and graphs.


Google Scholar
In Google Scholar you can set an alert by navigating to the main menu and selecting "Alerts".  This will prompt you to enter a search query.  Enter your name in quotation marks as the alert query.  You can hit the "Update results" button to get immediate year to date results of publications that include your name. Hit the orange "CREATE ALERT" button and alerts will be sent to you by email.

To view citation metrics navigate to "My Profile".  These will be displayed in the far right column on your profile page.  Google Scholar tends to have the most comprehensive record of citations.

Citation Metrics - definitions

Cornell University Libraries has compiled a useful guide to metrics definitions, which can be found here.


Many journal websites will provide article level metrics such as download counts, abstract views, and social media shares for published articles.  You can also gather usage statistices for material in IUScholarWorksand IUScholarWorks Open.  These are all referred to as 'altmetrics'.

Scopus also provides access to altmetrics:

  1. Click on the article that you wish to get altmetric information for.  
  2. PlumX Analytics information appears in the far right column. 
  3. Click on the inverted triangle for a summary, and click on the "see details" link for more information.

The Altmetric bookmarklet is a web-based browser plugin that you can install on your computer to get altmetric information for any scholarly output that is tracked by Altmetric and which has a doi.  If you are deposting your work in IUScholarWorksand IUScholarWorks Open reqest a doi for your work so that you can track altmetric statistics using the Altmetric bookmarklet.