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Research Impact, Citation Analysis & Altmetrics

This guide provides information on assessing the impact of research and HSL resources available for citation analysis.


This guide is designed to bring tools, information, sources and tutorials on citation research together in one place.

The field of bibliometrics is increasingly being used to evaluate the impact of a scholar's work or the importance of a journal in a particular field. Though citation counts and journal impacts are only one way to evaluate research impact, the information provided here will help you prepare for this aspect of the evaluation and review process.

This guide's content and template is a modified version of a guide created at Arizona State University's Library by Lydia LaFaro and Linda Shackle. The original guide can be viewed here. Thank you to the librarians who created the original guide and permitted us to use its content for this UC guide.

Please contact Amy Koshoffer with any questions or comments about this guide.

Getting Started


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Citation counts for your research publications

Citation Analysis Tools & Instructions

To see who’s citing you

Citation Analysis Tools & Instructions


The ranking or impact factor of a specific journal

Journal Rankings


To learn more about the H-index and other new indexes for calculating impact

Terms and Definitions


Explanations of citation research concepts and terminology

Terms and Definitions

More information on the rationale behind citation research

Further Reading


Information on altmetrics


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