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Tracking Your Impact

Google Scholar's "My Citations"

The easiest way to begin tracking the impact of your work is to set up a Google Scholar "My Citations" account. You may choose to keep your profile private or make it public. As you publish articles, simply add them to your account, and Google Scholar begins tracking citations to your work and calculating your overall h-index.

Alt Metrics

Sometimes authors are also interested in looking beyond scholarly citation counts and journal impact metrics. Altmetrics attempt to track things like public policy documents, media, blogs, social media and much more.This is a new field, so there are regularly new products and tools being developed, but there are some good place to get started...'s Free Tools


What are almetrics?

Orchid ID

An ORCID is unique identifier that distinguishes your from other researchers, and it can help ensure your work is accurately tracked and attributed. Many publishers are now requiring ORCIDs from their authors.

"Ten things you need to know about ORCID" (from ImpactStory) is a great summary of the value of ORCID IDs.

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