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Research metrics and publishing: Non-citation based indicators

Indicators of esteem

Another way of examining research activity is to consider measures of esteem. These measures may be used by producers of both traditional and non-traditional research outputs. Some examples include:

  • Awards or prizes
  • Editor of a prestigious work of reference
  • Recipient of a nationally competitive research fellowship or grant
  • Leadership of a large scale research project
  • Membership of a statutory committee such as AIATSIS
  • Peer review record, or other forms of notable academic volunteering
  • Invitations to speak as the keynote or plenary, or visiting professorships
  • Key industry partnerships, or significant international research collaborations
  • Reprint of your articles in article collections
  • PhD supervisions and ability to attract research students
  • Contribution to policy debate, think tanks or key knowledge brokers
  • Reforms or changes to legislation, or legal policy or practices
  • Mentions of your work in a judicial decision, case summary, or prominent discipline database or reporting source
  • Contribution to professional guidelines or standards
  • Curriculum developments or teaching excellence
  • Commissioned work
  • Invitations to exhibit or perform, particularly at a prestigious or known venue
  • Box office sales, visitor or audience numbers, particularly at a prestigious or known venue

Acknowledgements as an indicator

The practice of acknowledging the work of others in research articles is well established. Acknowledgements reveal the important contributions of collaborators beyond the authorship of the article. Acknowledgements can be given for any expertise that was fundamental to the final research output, but not sufficient to claim co-authorship of the research. For example, specialised lab-based work performed by technicians as part of their job may result in an acknowledgement for an individual, and/or for a laboratory for use of their specially designed facilities.

Dimensions database offers an easy means of locating whether you have any acknowledgements in the published literature.

1. Click in the Dimensions Search box in order to see the Advanced search option. Select Advanced search.

Dimensions search box


2. Select Acknowledgements from the drop-down menu of searchable fields, and enter your own name, or the name of the entity that you wish to find acknowledgements for. (Tip: use double quotes to keep word order).

Acknowledgements search option in Dimensions

Article views counts, usage, and downloads

Article views, usage, downloads, and similar metrics for individual scholarly outputs, may be available from the respective publisher's website, an institutional repository, or a citation database. This is not a given, as it will depend on the publisher/platform whether they display this data.
To see an overall "views count" for your research, you can look at your researcher profile in the Overview module in SciVal database. SciVal will display the number of views for all of your publications indexed in Scopus, the number of outputs in top views percentiles, the average views per publication, and the average field-weighted-views-impact of your work.
Views, usage, downloads and similar metrics may also be available for non-traditional research outputs via social media or altmetric platforms. Again, the availability of this data can vary. For more information, see the Altmetric guide.