When you conduct and publish scholarly research, you are engaging in scholarly communication. This page provides information and resources that you can use to track, analyze, and understand research impact and outputs. These include policies and procedures for measuring research output, methods for measurement and related tools (bibliometrics, altmetrics, and more), and NRF rating methods.
The NRF rating system is a key driver in the NRF’s aim to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa. It is a valuable tool for benchmarking the quality of our researchers against the best in the world. NRF ratings are allocated based on a researcher’s recent research outputs and impact as perceived by international peer reviewers.
Go to the NRF Knowledge Management and Evaluation webpage for more information.
NRF Online Submission System.
Altmetrics (short for alternative metrics) "is the creation and study of new metrics based on the Social Web for analyzing, and informing scholarship." Some altmetrics systems include traditional citation tools as well as media mentions. For example, this is a list of categories of metrics Plum Analytics includes:
1. Usage: Downloads, views, book holdings, ILL, document delivery
2. Captures: Favorites, bookmarks, saves, readers, groups, watchers
3. Mentions: blog posts, news stories, Wikipedia articles, comments, reviews
4. Social media: Tweets, +1's, likes, shares, ratings
5. Citations: PubMed, Scopus, patents
Bibliometrics offers a set of methods and measures that can be used to assess research impact and patterns in scholarly communication. and read below to learn more.
One of the most traditional and commonly used methods for assessing research impact is citation tracking. Through the application of certain indicators, citation tracking tools can be used to indicate works that are highly regarded, controversial, and/or interconnected.
Different databases (listed below) offer the opportunities to search by number of citations, investigate patterns, create graphs and maps, and search within citations and to examine journal rankings.
Use the following tools to track book citations, such frequency of citation, cited by whom, etc.
Using the InCites database, you can conduct in-depth analysis of your institution's role in research, as well as produce focused snapshots that showcase particular aspects of research performance. You will be prompted to create your personal sign in to access InCites.
InCites allows you to:
ScienceDirect provides the opportunity to see a 'cited by' list. This is accessible by clicking through to individual articles from the search results and can be seen on the right hand side of the screen.
Publish or Perish is a downloadable program that obtains and analyses citation data from Google Scholar.
Essential Science Indicators from Thomson Reuters provedes in-depth analytical tool offering data for ranking scientists, institutions, countries, and journals.