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Building your scholarly profile

A guide to developing your scholarly profile and increasing your presence online.


Metadata about usage, or the data about how your work is used, can help you focus your research and outreach efforts. For instance, if you know in which academic areas, geographical regions, and on what platforms your scholarship is most discoverable and cited, you can take a more targeted approach to your scholarship. 


IR usage statistics

DigitalCommons@UNO provides information on where in the world your work on this platform is being read, what institutions are accessing this information and download counts. To get this information, contact us at the library:

Website dashboard statistics

Your own personal website may provide statistical information. Consider exploring the administrative side of your website to see if it has a dashboard where metrics are tracked.


Altmetric offers a way to measure impact. Instead of focusing on traditional citation counts, Altmetric collects metrics from alternative resources like social media. The Altmetric Bookmarklet is a free tool that enables you to easily assess and share these metrics. In addition to this, Altmetric also offers free Badges for Individual Researchers that can be embedded into CVs or personal websites to visually represent these metrics.


Publons is a profile and tracking system that enables you to collect metrics on your scholarly output.

Impactstory (sign up with Twitter)

Impactstory is an open-source platform that helps you track your research’s impact across a number of platforms. Whereas GoogleScholar deals with the citation metrics, Impactstory collects alternative data.

This index measures the number of citations of your paper and the number of times other publications that use your work, have been cited. This index can be accessed via Google Scholar and Web of Science.


This index measures those papers with 10 or more citations. It can be tracked via Google Scholar.