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Indicators of Publication Research Impact: Article Metrics

Metrics to help you demonstrate the scholarly impact of articles, authors, and journals

Article Metrics

How much interest has there been in your articles? How often have they been cited or shared?

Web of Science

Find your scholarship in Web of Science either by searching for articles by title or by author. Alternatively, create a ResearcherID on Publons and establish your publication list, from which individual article metrics may be viewed.


Once you have a list of your articles, metrics are found at the right-hand side of the results list page or in individual article records.


Web of Science Metrics
  • Times Cited – Citation count only from the journals indexed in Web of Science
  • Hot Paper – published in the past two years and cited enough to place it in the top 0.1% of papers in its field
  • Highly Cited Paper – cited enough to place it in the top 1% of its field based upon the field and publication year
  • Usage Count – the number of times the full text of a record has been accessed or a record has been saved - not necessarily cited.

To view the articles citing your paper, simply click on the Times Cited number. 

Google Scholar

Find your scholarship in Google Scholar either by searching for articles by title or by author. Alternatively, create a Google Scholar My Citations account and establish your publication list, from which metrics may be viewed.

The Cited by data is available under the abstract of the article in the Google Scholar result set. To view the Cited by articles, simply click on the Cited by link.


Altmetrics can be obtained by using the FREE Altmetrics browser bookmarklet!

1. Visit and install the plugin in seconds.

2. Find your article online at the publisher's website. *Note, to work, the page must include an article's Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

3.Click the Almetric It button in your browser and view your article's Altmetric data.



View full data for this sample article

Other Indexes

Some other databases and individual publisher platforms in the College of Charleston's subscription repertoire include citation metrics and Altmetrics (alternative metrics emphasizing the sharing/discussion of articles on social media platforms). Some examples are: