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Ranking researchers and institutions

As more research literature is published online, the ability to analyze relationship among these publications has become easier. There are several tools that can be sued to analyze and rank these relationship (though Virginia Tech does not subscribe to all of them).

JCR - Journal Citation Reports from Thomson's InCites

  • Ranks journals within a field or discipline, primarily through its calculated   Journal impact factor , though other metrics are available
  • JCR lists impact factors for a selection of science and social science journals; not all journals or disciplines are included

Cited reference searching

  • Shows how often a given article has been cited by others
  • Limited to the set of journals included in a particular database (so no single source will be complete)

Essential Science Indicators from Thomson's InCites

  • Can rank and compare research impact among institutions or individual researchers
  • Uses journals included in Web of Science, so focus is science and social science publications
  • Data includes last ten years of publications


  • Ranks journals and countries based on weighted citation scores
  • Uses data from the Scopus database (we do not subscribe to Scopus)

SciVal from Elsevier

  • The College of Engineering has a limited trial to this product (it is not available in general at Virginia Tech)
  • SciVal allows extensive analysis and comparison of countries, institutions, departments, and individual researchers across several metrics, such as number of publications, number of citations, and weighted impact scores.
  • Uses data in the Scopus database (we do not subscribe to Scopus)

Plum Analytics

  • We do not currently subscribe to Plum Analytics
  • Plum collects data in five metric groups: 
    • Usage - clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays
    • Captures - bookmarks, code forks, favorites, readers, watchers
    • Mentions - blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia links
    • Social media - +1s, likes, shares, Tweets
    • Citations - PubMed Central, Scopus, USPTO
  • Plum includes impact from more than just articles: books, blogs, datasets, and much more