Research is a very complex process. Performance is influenced by many factors such as a researcher’s age, affiliation, funding, position or research domain. Therefore it is extremely difficult to “measure” the impact of an individual researcher or a research group on the discipline or society.
However, bibliometrics can supplement evaluation and can provide useful information on the impact of a publication. The number of citations can be an indicator on how well received and discussed published research is.
You can do seveal things to find out when and by whom your publication is cited:
The number of publications in any field increases enormously every year. It becomes more and more difficult for a researcher to keep track of recent publications even in relatively well defined disciplines. That means that it becomes more important to make a publication more visible so it won’t be overlooked.
A few easy to do and easily applied steps can raise the visibility of your publication:
The h-index (a.k.a. Hirsch index) is a combined measure of both productivity and impact.
An index of h means that your h most highly-cited articles have at least h citations each, e.g. a researcher's h-index will be 5 if 5 of his/her articles have been cited at least 5 times.
To manually calculate your h-index, organize articles in descending order, based on the number of times they have been cited.
Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar can also be used to calculate an h-index for that particular citation-tracking database.