Guide on how to use bibliometric data such as InCites, Altmetrics, LSHTM Research Online Statistics and Qlikview
Bibliometrics encompass a number of statistical measures derived from citations of papers. They are commonly used as a measure of academic and research impact, however they should not be used in isolation.
During 2008-09, HEFCE conducted a pilot exercise to test and develop bibliometric indicators of research quality for use in the REF. Twenty two UK higher education institutions took part, covering 35 units of assessment from the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.However, the pilot exercise concluded that citation information was not sufficiently robust to be used formulaically or as a primary indicator of quality in the REF; but there is scope for such data to inform and enhance the process of expert review.
The Library provides access to two sources for bibliographic data: ISI Web of Science/Journal Citation Reports and Google Scholar. All current staff and students have access to these ISI resources, login using your School network username and password (DL students use your UoL Portal login details).
The Library has written a short guide to finding citation rates, H-indexes and impact factors using the Web of Science.
A group of Irish academics and librarians have put together an excellent series of tutorials on maximising your research impact. They include tutorials and explanations for each of the main bibliometrics. The tutorials are freely available under a creative commons licence at www.ndlr.ie/myri/.
Help and training on finding and using bibliometrics is also available from Jane Falconerm Information Services Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The School has purchased a subscription to InCites (http://incites.isiknowledge.com). This is an advanced bibliometric analysis tool from ISI. Access is only available to Heads of Faculty, Heads of Departments and members of the REF Group. Jane Falconer (email@example.com) can provide you with a login if needed, plus training and support in using the data.
A short guide to InCites is also available.
LSHTM Research Online is freely accessible online database of research conducted by staff from at the School. Where possible we will provide access to the full-text of research articles and where we are unable to provide that we will hold the bibliographical information such as a citation and links (such as a DOI) to where the full text can be accessed.
A download statistics dashboard which monitors full-text downloads of files (and hits when there is no full-text) for papers that appear on Research Online - can be viewed by author, department, faculty and research centre as well as by time period and is freely available from Research Online http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/cgi/stats/report. The statistics service monitor where the items have been downloaded from such as as website and country. Each record in Research Online also has a summary dashboard below it.
Altmetrics reports on the reach and impact of research, above and beyond traditional citation metrics by monitoring mentions of research publications, by third party services such as Twitter and Facebook; news outlets such as BBC and Science and research platforms such as Mendeley and CiteULike. The Altmetrics "doughnut" is available below each paper in Research Online as well as the Research Online statistics dashboard. How Altmetrics works is highlighted below:
- Only tracks items with a DOI, handle or other recognized scholarly identifier (SSRN, arXiv, RePEc and PubMed IDs are all OK too). What this basically means is papers on LSHTM Research Online such as pre prints, PhD theses, monographs, books and chapters of books that don’t have a Digitial Object Identifier (DOI) or are a PudMed ID won’t be picked up.
- Data collecting began in July 2011 and coverage of papers published before that date isn’t great, so be prepared to only really see results on more recent material.
- Altmetrics can’t offer citation counts: if you want to include this data you need to negotiate with Scopus and/or Web of Science separately, Altmetrics aren’t able to do this on your behalf.
A Library blog post about the above is here.
Lastly, the School doesn't currently subscribe to the Altmetrics for Institutions package which offers a browse and filter searches for all of the papers Altmetrics tracks; explore sample institutional specific data in the departmental and subject tabs; and the creation and saving of custom reports
The School has had a month-long trial in the past. Please Andy Reid, Research Information Manager, if you wish to set up a trial for your department or research centre.
The School also subscribes to a graphical business intelligence tool called Qlikview, which holds the School's Publications Database, LSHTM Research Online and InCites data, and can be filtered by research centre.
LOGIN details can be requested and provided by Andy Reid.
How can I find out how many times my article has been accessed, viewed or downloaded from PMC?
By agreement with the publishers, PMC is only able to give out usage data to the publisher who deposits an article. You will need to contact the publisher to request the usage data for your article. In the case of author manuscripts, PMC is only able to give out usage data to the author who releases it to PMC via the NIH Manuscript Submission System.