Subject Guides

Citation Analysis & Metrics

Locate impact factors and related measures, how to locate where and how often authors and articles are cited, and how to create scholar profiles.

Why a Profile?

A profile set up in one more service pulls all research together in one place, mitigating common problems  that often arise in searching.  Such problems can include variations in authors' names when articles are indexed (e.g. Smith, J and Smith, J.S.) , or difficulty in narrowing a search down easily when an author has a common name.

If a researcher has worked with multiple granting agencies, research groups, or institutions, this will also make their research easier to find, both for people interested in their work and for the purpose of gathering citation review.

Google Scholar Citation Profile

Creating a Google Scholar Citation profile will make sure that Google Scholar will easily and accurately group all the citations of your works and articles by you into one pool.   A profile generally lists your name, chosen keywords of research interest, generated citation metrics, and citations (including links to citing articles). 

In order to create a Google Scholar Citation profile, you need a Google Account to get started (Binghamton University apps does not support this service).   Once it is set up, it can automatically update. 

For more information see the Google Scholar Citations help page.

Researcher ID (Web of Science)

By  using the MyResearcherID feature in Web of Science (Web of Knowledge), researchers are assigned an individual ID number that stays with them, regardless on institutional affiliation, thus allowing their research to be more easily tracked.

Once your MyResearcherID is created, you information to your profile, which includes any publications listed in the Web of Science database - thus ensuring accuracy in tracking your publication history and making it faster to track how your work is cited. 

For more information on this feature see the MyResearcherID help screens.


ORCID  allows researchers to create a profile that includes publications, grants, and research/publications.   You maintain privacy controls of all parts of your profile. 

Once your profile is set up, ORCID will generate an digital identifier that can linked across across multiple services, included Web of Science, Ebsco databases, LinkedIn, and Scopus.  By placing this digital identifier in these services, it ensures that you are credited for your work.


Scholar Networks

Academic social networks allow scholars to locate others based on research interest, and provide a space for scholars to share information and links to their research, publications and presentations.  Some will allow posting of the full-text of scholarship, with the understanding that the author is responsible for copyright considerations.

Need Help?

If you need help with creating a scholar profile, consult with your Subject Librarian or Elizabeth Brown, Scholary Communications Officer.