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Using citation analysis to measure research impact

Research impact is an increasingly important aspect in securing government funding for research activity, NRF rating, institutional ranking and the management of research output within the university sector.

This has placed considerable emphasis on tracking citations of a researcher's published works and publishing within highly-ranked journals.

In the research community, citations are widely regarded as the most important indicators of research impact.

The number of times cited is generally considered indicative of an article’s academic impact, the assumption being that research articles of high academic quality will be cited more than those of lesser quality

This guide provides information and tools for measuring research impact focusing on the use of CITATION METRICS. 

Tabs above identify various tools which track citations and provide directions on how to find journal rankings, accredited lists, h-index and citation reports.


What does citation tracking mean?

Citation tracking looks at the number of times a work has been cited in the bibliographies of other works.

This gives an indication of how a paper has been received by the academic community with a high number of citations usually indicating a highly regarded work.

Citation tracking can also involve looking at the connections between different authors and journals and at patterns in citation and publication over time.


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