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Metrics for grant applications

Find and use metrics to provide evidence of your track record and top papers

Using metrics

Learn how to find metrics for your publication track record and top papers to use in grant applications and proposals. 

Get an overview of metrics, including citation metrics, journal quality indicators, benchmarking, altmetrics and collaboration measures.

Your track record

Search for your publication metrics in these databases to see which one represents you the best:

Watch how to navigate and use Web of Science and Scopus (YouTube playlist)

More in depth performance metrics

Your metrics in Web of Science

First, set up a populated ResearcherID on Publons or create a marked list (YouTube, 2m39s) of your publications in Web of Science.

Note: If you have recently updated or created your ResearcherID, it may take 2 weeks before you can see your ResearcherID information reflected in Web of Science.

In Web of Science:

  1. Search your ORCID, Web of Science ResearcherID or your name, or use your marked list of publications
  2. Click Create Citation Report - for an overview of your publication metrics
  3. Go back to your search results page, click Analyze Results and explore the options.
    • Authors will show who you are collaborating with
    • Countries and Organizations-Enhanced will indicate where your co-authors are from
    • Web of Science Categories will show what subject areas you are publishing in 

Who is citing your work

  1. From the Citation Report, click the Citing Articles number
  2. Click Analyze Results to see who cites you the most and where they are from.

Watch Using Web of Science to find your publications and track record metrics (YouTube, 3m59s)

Author performance metrics in InCites

For a single paper or a group of papers you've authored, you can use the advanced metrics provided in InCites to get a deeper understanding of impact and performance.

Note: Register an email address to sign into InCites from anywhere. If you are not on campus, and have not yet created an InCites account, you may need to install a UQ Virtual Private Network (VPN) to get access.


In InCites:

  1. Click the dropdown to the right of Analyze and click Researchers
  2. Under Filters, click Person Name or ID, select Unique ID
  3. Select Web of Science ResearcherID or ORCID from the dropdown
  4. Enter your ResearcherID or ORCID iD
  5. Click Update results
    • In the table you will be able to view performance metrics for your papers

6. Click Indicators to add performance metrics

Metrics in InCites

InCites provides metrics for a varied perspective into your performance:

% Documents in Top 1% 

The percentage of your papers that have been cited enough times to place them in the top 1% (when compared to papers in the same category, year, and of the same document type).

% Documents in Top 10%

The percentage of your papers that have been cited enough times to place them in the top 10%. This is normalized for category, year, and document type.

Category Normalized Citation Impact

CNCI is an indicator of impact normalized for subject focus, age, and document type. A CNCI value of one represents performance at par with world average, values above one are considered above average, and values below one are considered below average. A CNCI value of two is considered twice the world average.

% Industry Collaborations

The percentage of your papers produced with co-authors from industry.

% International Collaborations

The percentage of your papers produced with international co-authors.

7. To view performance metrics for each paper you've authored, click on the Web of Science Documents count in the table. This will open an overlay that shows a list of all your documents and the metrics calculated for each document in the list.

Your metrics in Scopus

In Scopus:

  1. Search for yourself under Author Search. If your name appears more than once, merge the profiles using the Scopus Author feedback wizard.
  2. Select your name and you will be presented with your profile including publications
  3. Click Analyze author output or View citation overview to explore your collaboration, subject areas, trend in citations and more.

Who is citing your work...

  1. Click the tab Cited by xx documents
  2. Click View them in search results format
  3. Click Analyze search results to explore what authors are citing you and where they are from (institution, country, journal published in).

The Author search tutorial has more information on analysing and sorting options.

Watch Using Scopus to find your publications and track record metrics (YouTube, 3m23s)

Author performance metrics in SciVal

Find metrics related to your top performing papers and collaboration in SciVal. SciVal metrics are based on your authored publications in Scopus.

  1. Access SciVal and create a login (if you don't have one already)
  2. Under Researchers and Groups, on the side menu, click Define a new Researcher
    • complete the process of setting up your researcher profile
    • validate your publications if required
  3. Click the Benchmarking tab

  1. Click Table
  2. Make sure your profile is selected from the entities (deselect University of Queensland)
  3. Adjust the year range as required e.g. 2011-2020, and click apply 

  1. Select either a single indicator or multiple indicators by clicking the +1 button or add multiple / manage metrics buttons to the right of the table


Useful indicators

  •  the Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) for your publications (Cited dropdown)
  • Outputs in Top Citation Percentiles (Cited dropdown) - make sure the Show as field-weighted box is selected and show this indicator in conjunction with Citation Count
    • This will tell you how many publications you have in the top 1%, 5%, 10% (with respect to documents of the same discipline, type and age)

Details about each of SciVal's metrics indicators

Your metrics in Google Scholar

Setting up a Google Scholar Citations Profile will display, according to your listed publications, your: 

These citations may come from anywhere online:

  • Always check who is citing you and what they are saying
  • Click the Follow button in your profile to get alerts whenever you are cited

Publications that are not indexed

It is still possible to see if your publication has been cited by other documents in the citation databases (Web of Science, Scopus, Dimensions), even if you have publications that are not indexed in those databases.

Cited reference searching has tips on searching for publications that have cited a reference.