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Research metrics and publishing: Key tools

Key tools and selected metrics

​Clarivate Analytics

Research Analytics & Scholarly workflow company


Global Publisher & Research Analytics Company 

Google Scholar

Digital Science



Web of Science 
Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
/Essential Science Indicators (ESI)
Scimago Journal & Country Rank  Google Scholar Profiles Harzing Publish or Perish

Provides more complex author analysis, data based on Google scholar citations, Microsoft Academic)
can also import Scopus and Web of Science citation data if subscribed. 


Provides a time line of research and associated metrics from grant, to trial to publication. Integrates with Altmetric Explorer.

Altmetric Explorer

Option to search Monash only authors/departments

or full Altmetric database.

Web of Science
-Author h-index
-Total publications
-Times Cited
-Citer analysis

InCites:(based on Web of Science citation data)
  -Category Normalised Citation Impact (CNCI)
  -% documents in top 1% or 10%

Institutional analysis and benchmarking

Journal Citation Reports (JCR):
  -Journal Impact Factor (JIF)
  -Journal Rank, Quartile

Essential Science Indicators:
  -Top/Hot/Highly cited papers
  -Field Baselines
  -Citation thresholds

-Author h-index
-Documents by author
-Total citations
-citer analysis

-Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) for individual articles
-SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)

SciVal:(based on Scopus citation data)
  -Author Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)
  -Outputs in top percentiles
  -International collaborations
  -Academic/corporate collaboration

Institutional analysis and benchmarking


SJR (Scimago Journal Rank)
-Quartile rank based on prestige of citing journal

i10-index (publications from the last 10 years)

Sum of Citations

Citations per publication


Egghe's g-index

average citations per paper

citations per author

papers per author

citations per year

Author  number of publications
total publication citations
citations average
recent citations
recent citations average
FCR (Field Citation Ratio)
FCR average
RCR (Relative Citation Ratio)
RCR average
Altmetric attention score
Altmetric attention average

Mentions/attention of research from:

news media
policy documents
patent cites

Monash Subscription

Monash Subscription / Scimago free resource

Free to search/free software download

Monash Subscription to Institutional analytics tool/
free open versions available without the Institutional analytics

Visualisation tools

Visualisation tools can assist in discovering and demonstrating connections or relationships between entities and may add clarity and impact to an analysis.

Examples of how visualisation tools may be used:

A selection of visualisation tools is listed below:


  • For Science of Science research and practice.
  • Could be used for visualising co-author networks.
  • Provides advanced algorithms, effective visualisations, and many standard workflows. Supports micro-level documentation and replication of studies.


  • Open Source and free tool for Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • Could be used for visualising co-author networks.
  • Interact with the representation, manipulate the structure, shapes and colours to reveal hidden properties. Make hypotheses, intuitively discover patterns, isolate structure singularities or faults during data sourcing.


  • Can be used for any type of data in a variety of formats.
  • Provide data visualisations in web browsers.
  • D3 helps bring data to life using HTML, SVG and CSS.  
  • Combines powerful visualisation components and a data-driven approach to Document Object Model manipulation.

VOS Viewer

  • Free standalone tool developed by Leiden University.
  • Networks may include journals, researchers, or individual publications, and they can be constructed based on co-citation, bibliographic coupling, or co-authorship relations.
  • Text mining functionality available.