Impact and Bibliometrics: Impact Analysis Tools

Information and resources for helping scholars assess and improve the impact of their research and scholarship.

ORCiD (Open Researcher and Contributor ID)


What it does:

ORCiD is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID is unique in its ability to reach across disciplines, research sectors, and national boundaries and its cooperation with other identifier systems. (More info.)


Researcher ID


What it does:

Plays nicely with ORCID and some others sites listed here,

[Owned by Thomson Reuters,] “ResearcherID provides a solution to the author ambiguity problem within the scholarly research community. Each member is assigned a unique identifier to enable researchers to manage their publication lists, track their times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators and avoid author misidentification. In addition, your ResearcherID information integrates with the Web of Knowledge and is ORCID compliant, allowing you to claim and showcase your publications from a single one [sic] account.” NB: you can also register within ORCID once you have established your ORCID account.

  • Go to ResearcherID main page and look for option to register then “Join Now”
  • Fill out basic information.
  • Note options to add alternative names under which you’ve published or are known by.
  • On results page note your ResearcherID number and notice papers retrieved, or select option for it to retrieve your papers.
  • Notice the “exchange data with ORCiD” (on left) and the “add publications” on right middle in orange.
  • Manage your profile as well with additional information.
  • Poke around the options to see what is interesting

Google Scholar

Google Scholar:

What it does:

Tracks web-searchable references to your published works and citations to them as well as calculates citation statistics, e.g., H-index (the number of articles H cited H times).

You must have a gmail account to use

  • To set up a Gmail account go to and create an account.
  • Once logged into your Gmail account, proceed to and notice the option for “My citations” or an activation option.  Click on that and follow directions.
  • Confirm papers that are yours (or are not yours)

What it does:

“ is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research. Academics use to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. 3,853,925 academics have signed up to, adding 1,633,496 papers and 818,149 research interests. attracts over 5 million unique visitors a month.”

Also gives nice alerts when your work is accessed from its site.