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Kathryn A. Martin Library

Scholarly Publishing

What you need to know about journal impacts, acceptance rates, peer-review status, UMD's institutional repository, and who is citing whom.

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Using Scopus to Demonstrate Research Impact

Citation research, impact metrics, and research analytics are ways to attempt to assess the performance or impact of research by analyzing how published items are cited in publications. There are many different kinds of metrics, and many different sources can be used for this purpose. Scopus is one such frequently used resource. It can be used to analyze citations at a variety of levels, including individual journals, individual articles, and the output of an author. For more detailed descriptions of other types and sources of impact metrics see our library guide on "Citation Research and Impact Metrics". 

Scopus provides a great deal of instructional and reference material to help you use the database to demonstrate research impact. Two good places to start are: 

SCIMago is a tool to measure Journal Ranking. It utilizes the  Elsevier SCOPUS platform to generate its data which UMD currently subscribes to. SCIMago can display rankings for journals by Subject Area, Category, Country and compare these against metrics such as the SJR (Scientific Journal Index), h Index, # of Citations/document and more.


SCMAGO's table of publication characteristics

Example View of Journals sorted by SJR, with other sortable metrics.


Example of SciMago Table for Harvard Business Review

Example Individual Journal Views