Metrics and altmetrics

How do I view citations and altmetrics for my outputs?

myPublications collates and continually updates citation and Altmetric data for your outputs from a variety of online data sources. Visit the Metrics Hub website for background information on different metrics and some best practice on their use.

Metrics hub

  1. Go to Menu > Build > Publications to see your list of outputs.
  2. Ensure that you are in Detailed view (the button should give you the option to switch to Compact view as shown below).



  • Citation counts are provided from Scopus, Web of Science and Europe PMC, and thus are only available if the output has been sourced from one of them (check the Data sources tab in the record).
  • Citation counts are regularly updated but may lag behind those shown on another website, such as Scopus.
  • Remember – there's no single source of truth for citations. Each service only counts the number of citations within the journals that they index, meaning no one service will ever capture every citation.


  • Alternative or complementary metrics (often called altmetrics) are another way of assessing the attention received by an output.
  • Altmetrics focus on online activity to reveal how research is being shared and discussed both within the academic community and beyond.
  • Altmetric uses small ring-shaped visualisations (the Altmetric donut) to quickly convey information. The number in the centre is the Altmetric score and a proxy for the level of engagement. The colours reflect the mix of sources - blue for Twitter, yellow for blogs, red for mainstream media sources and so on.
  • Click the donut to see the original mentions for an output.

Altmetric support site

Journal rankings

myPublications provides two journal-level metrics. The University does not have a subscription to display the Impact Factor. 

  • The 'Source Normalised Impact Per Paper' (SNIP) is the ratio of a journal's citation count per paper and the citation potential in its subject field. The impact of a single citation will have a higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely, and vice versa. It aims to allow direct comparison of sources in different subject fields.
  • The 'Scimago Journal Rank' (SJR) is a measure of influence of journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from.

Where can I find my h-Index?

View your h-index in the Publications summary box on your Home Page.

  • myPublications does not download pre-calculated h-index information from an external provider, but rather calculates it from citation information explicitly held against your outputs, using the standard formula.
  • Three h-index are provided, using data sourced from Scopus, Web of Science and Europe PMC.


Why are there no citation counts for my output?

Citation counts are provided from Scopus, Web of Science and Europe PMC, and thus are only available if the output has been sourced from one of them. Check the Data sources tab in the record.

Why does the citation data from each provider differ?

The citation data available from each provider will most likely differ. This is not a problem with myPublications. The providers generate citation data by indexing the journals that they cover. Since the range of journals for each differs, this is reflected in the citation counts. Even in cases where the source journals are identical, one provider may process the data faster than another.

Why are the citation counts shown in myPublications sometimes lower than the counts in the citation databases?

Citation counts in myPublications are updated every 14 days, whereas those provided online may be updated more frequently.

Can myPublications include citation counts from Google Scholar?

No - unfortunately Google does not make that data available for use by third party software.

Why doesn't the h-index in myPublications match my h-index in Scopus and Web of Science?

myPublications does not download pre-calculated h-index information from any data source provider. Rather, it calculates the h-index from citation information that it explicitly holds against publications for a user in the system. Outputs that do not have a record from the relevant data source are discarded.