This guide presents tools for measuring the impact of your scholarly work. Using the tools and techniques presented here, you can determine how often your research has been cited and develop strategies for improving the visibility of your scholarship. This guide deals with traditional tools and strategies for determining impact via Web of Science and Google Scholar as well as alternative metrics, or altmetrics, for measuring the impact of your work.
Overall, citation tools can be complicated but the WSU Libraries are here to help! Please let us know if you have questions about Web of Science, Google Scholar, author disambiguation tools, or workflows for putting it all together.
It can be difficult to calculate the impact of research for a variety of reasons, most notably:
For these reasons, this guide includes a variety of metrics for measuring the impact of your research. We encourages you to explore these tools to see which one(s) most meaningfully describe your efforts in the scholarly community.
See the following video for a summary of these problems and suggestions for how to proceed responsibly with impact metrics.