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Researcher Visibility, Impact & Citation Analysis: Researcher visibility, impact and citation analysis

Brief overview of Citation Analysis

Citation Analysis is "a major method of bibliometrics that examines the quantitative data derived from the use of citations to reference and connect documents. Citation metrics are used to assess the scholarly influence or impact of publications and researchers. Learn more in: New Data-Related Roles for Librarians: Using Bibliometric Analysis and Visualization to Increase Visibility of Research Impact". (IGI Global)

It is important to note that to build a complete citation analysis, researchers need to consult the various citation analysis tools available. 

This page draws your attention to the more popular and widely used citation analysis tools used by academic raters and research funders.

Should you want to know more about citation analysis and the value of using these tools, please take a look at our Citation Analysis & Research Impact page


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

Tips on how to engage more with ORCID

Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar My Citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. You can check who is citing your publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. You can also make your profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for your name

Google Scholar My Citations

Rhodes University researchers on My Citations


Bibliometrics "can be used to document and justify the role of the researcher and the research team for being partners or coordinators of the project. Often CVs of the involved partners have to be provided with publication lists and other types of bibliometric information (H-index, Journal impact factor, and so on)". (ScienceDirect)

The information listed below showcases the more popular Bibliometric software.


ResearcherID is a global, multi-disciplinary scholarly research community. This is one of the critical research support software which is promoted by Clarivate and Web of Science.

With a unique identifier assigned to each author in ResearcherID, you can eliminate author misidentification and view an author’s citation metrics
instantly. Search the registry to find collaborators, review publication lists and explore how research is used around the world.

It is important to note that in using ResearcherID, you will be able to develop a citation analysis of your research output for those articles you have published in the Web of Science (Core Collection). 

Clarivate acquired Publons in April 2019. Use Publons to track your publications, citation metrics, peer review history, journal affiliations, and journal editing work in a single, easy-to-maintain profile.

  • All your publications, instantly imported from Web of Science, ORCID, or your bibliographic reference manager (e.g. EndNote or Mendeley).
  • Trusted citation metrics, automatically imported from the Web of Science Core Collection.
  • Correct author attribution, with your unique ResearcherID automatically added to the publications you claim in Web of Science collections.
  • Your verified peer review and journal editing history, powered by partnerships with thousands of scholarly journals.
  • Downloadable record summarising your scholarly impact as an author, editor and peer reviewer.

Want to know more? Watch the video.

For more information and/or to create your Publons profile

Rhodes University Researchers registered with Publons


Scopus Author ID

Preview your open and free author profile on Elsevier's Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature

Scopus AuthorID

Scopus author ID - Scientific Publishing Knowledge Base


InCites is a customized, citation-based research analytics tool on the Web that enables you to evaluate institutional productivity and benchmark your output

(Rhodes University subscribes to InCites)


Thousands of conversations about scholarly content happen online every day. Altmetric tracks a range of sources to capture and collate this activity, helping you to monitor and report on the attention surrounding the work you care about.

Altmetric: Discover the attention surrounding your research


Impact Story

ImpactStory is a website that makes it quick and easy to view the impact of a wide range of research output.

Discover the online impact of your research.

Track buzz on Twitter, blogs, news outlets and more: we're like Google Scholar for your research's online reach. Making a profile takes just second


(OurResearch We build tools to make scholarly research more open, connected, and reusable—for everyone)


depsy: An analytic platform to show the full impact of research software

depsy on Twitter: "The Depsy project is officially concluded ...

(OurResearch We build tools to make scholarly research more open, connected, and reusable—for everyone) An open source of altmetrics data, based on Crossref Event Data

Paperbuzz is a free and open way to track the online buzz around scholarly articles.

Paperbuzz sneak peek

(OurResearch We build tools to make scholarly research more open, connected, and reusable—for everyone)