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Your impact

Your personal impact can be defined as the effect your work has on others:

  • do people read it?
  • do they use it and cite it?
  • do they do something or change something as a result of it?

Find out your impact

Use these tools to find out the impact of your work:

Metrics Toolkit

The Metrics Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where you can find it, and how each should (and should not) be applied. 

Citations and h-index

One way to assess the effect of your work is to look at the number of times it has been referred to, or cited, by other authors in their own academic work. These are called citation counts.

But measuring the total number of citations for one person doesn't give the whole picture. They may have written just one very influential article while other articles were ignored.

The h-index (named after Jorge E. Hirsch) measures both the productivity and the impact of the published work of an individual researcher.

An example: an h-index of 20 means that a researcher has written 20 articles, each of which has been cited 20+ times.

Find out your h-index

  1. Log into Scopus
  2. Click on Author Search.
  3. Enter your name and university affiliation.
  4. Click on your name to see your full author profile, including citation counts and h-index.

Have a look at this video: Get started with Scopus.

You can also find the h-index in Web of Science and Google Scholar.


Use SciVal to find key bibliometric data about your research impact. SciVal uses data from Scopus and ScienceDirect.


Altmetric tracks new mentions and shares of millions of research outputs and gives you real-time updates.


Increase your impact

When writing:

  • Think about your article title: include key words and repeat them in the abstract to make your work easier to find.
  • Include a “review” element in your article so you can refer to other people’s work. That way they are more likely to see your paper and may cite you back in future.
  • Consider writing for a different audience, such as in the academic online magazine The Conversation (which already features many articles by Kent authors).

Keep your author profile tidy

Check the major databases occasionally to see how your publications are being displayed:

  • Are all your outputs correctly linked to you?
  • Are the affiliations correct?
  • Are you happy with your author profile?

These things should happen automatically, but mistakes happen and may affect indicators such as citation counts. This may influence representations of your academic output and assessments of your academic impact.

How to check databases and ask for changes


Check out this Get started with Scopus video.

Check your profile and publications

  1. Log into Scopus with your Kent IT Account username and password.
  2. Click on Authors to carry out an Author Search.
  3. Enter your details. If the names of authors with similar details are shown, tick the box next to the entry that relates to you.
  4. Select Show Documents. Click on the title of each document to see the full details.
  5. If publications are not displaying under your name, go back and search for the individual items:
    1. Select Search, then Documents and search for each publication using keywords.

If your publication is not listed

Ask for it to be added using the web form to Add a missing document.

If the entry for your publication contains an error

If an entry for a publication contains mistakes such as incorrect spelling, ask for corrections using the web form for a Document Correction.

If some of your publications are missing when you search under your name

If some of your publications appear in Scopus but are not not listed under an Author search for your name, ask for them to be added to your profile using the Author Feedback Wizard. You can also use this if you find you have two author profiles in Scopus and want to merge them.

If your name or affiliation in the author profile needs changing

Ask for an alteration using the web forms for an Author Profile Correction.


If you've already created an ORCiD

  1. Go to the ORCiD website and enter your ORCiD number in the grey search box. You will be able to see your profile.
  2. Sign in, and you can edit your record using the link at the top.

If you've forgotten your password, click the link and an option to reset will be sent to the email address you registered with.

If you have forgotten your ORCiD number, search for your name in the grey search box at the top of your page. Click on the ORCiD number to see details. From here you can edit your profile as above. If lots of versions of your name appear which may be you, click on each one until you find the profile which matches, and then log in as above.

If you don’t have an ORCiD

Follow the instructions on our ORCiD page to register for one in Krimson.

If your ORCiD profile needs updating

  1. Click Edit your Record in the top bar.
  2. From here you can update your employer/affiliation, funding details, add other names by which you may be known and add publications/works to your ORCiD profile.
  3. To add works to your ORCiD profile, select Works and + Add works. You can add publications manually, or choose from a selection of databases to search and link from, including Scopus.
  4. By making your publications and affiliations public you can help make sure you and your work are recognized.
  5. Go to our  ORCiD page to link your ORCiD to your profile in Krimson. Follow instructions 1-5 ‘How do I get my ORCiD iD?’

This video ORCiD and Scopus: Manage your author profile shows you how to add publications to your ORCiD profile from Scopus and link your Scopus profile to your ORCiD profile.

Problems accessing your ORCiD profile

Use the contact form to ask for help.


Web of Science

Check your publications

  1. Use any browser except Internet Explorer - Web of Science doesn’t work with it.
  2. Log into Web of Science using your Kent IT Account username and password.
  3. Select the +More button to show the Author Search option.
  4. Enter your name, research domain and organisation to display.
  5. If publications are not showing under your name, go back and search for the specific publication using keywords under the Basic search option.

If your publication is not listed or the information is incorrect

Use this Data Change request form to ask for it to be added. Choose “missing article” from the drop down list under “type of change”

If the information about your publication is incorrect

  1. From the search results click on the document title to see the full details
  2. In the bottom right hand corner select Suggest a correction
  3. This will show the Data Change request form populated with the publication details
  4. Use the form to ask for a change to your author address, name or institution for that publication.


Google Scholar

Set up your profile

  1. Register with Google Scholar. You may want to use a personal (ie non-Kent) email address so that you keep your access if you move to another university.
  2. If you sign into Google Scholar through the Library webpages you get links straight to the articles we have access to at the University
  3. Set up your profile and link publications to your profile using Google’s instructions

If your profile needs updating

To edit your profile and update your affiliation, select My Profile from the top let hand corner, then click on the pen symbol next to your name.

If publications are missing or incorrectly associated with your profile

  • To add publications to your profile, select the + symbol in the grey bar at the top of your publication list. Select Add articles. This will generate a list from which you can select publications.
  • If your publication is not shown in the auto-generated list, you can add it manually, Click on the + symbol in the grey bar and select add article manually. Fill in the bibliographic details in the form.
  • To remove publications or edit them from your profile, click on the publication title to see the full details. Select the rubbish bin symbol to delete an item from your profile and the pen symbol to edit

Monitor updates to your profile

By default Google will automatically link publications to your profile. You can ask to be emailed to confirm or decline the future linking of articles to your profile: click on the + symbol in the grey bar and select Configure article updates.




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Last Updated: 30/01/2019