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Scholarly Communication @ UH Manoa

Scholarly communication news and events for researchers at UH Manoa

Author Metrics

Author-level metrics attempt to quantify impact by analyzing citations arising from an individual author's publications. This is useful for you, as an author/researcher, as well as your tenure committee and/or funders.

Advantages Disadvantages
  • Citation = impact
  • Objectivity
  • Give a more holistic idea of author impact
  • Includes a wide range
  • Easy to understand, straightforward
  • Biased toward more prolific and established authors
  • Not generalizable across disciplines
  • Not time-efficient (can take 1-2 years on average to accumulate)
  • Only works on author/journal level, not always article level
  • Narrow focus


University of Hawaii at Manoa's ScholarSpace subscribes to PlumX Metrics, which you can view at the bottom of each article page. These metrics provide insight into your scholarly reach and impact online, including:

  • Usage: Clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays, etc.
  • Captures: Bookmarks, favorites, readers, watchers
  • Mentions: Blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia references, news media
  • Social media: Shares, likes, comments, tweets
  • Citations: Citation indexes, patent citations, clinical citations, policy citations


Altmetrics, or alternative/article-level metrics, arnon-tradtional bibliometrics that cover digital scholarly impact. These include:

  • Views and/or downloads
  • Social media and/or blog comments, likes, or retweets
  • Bookmarks e.g. Mendeley
  • News mentions
  • Citations tracked by Web of Science, Scopus, CrossRef, etc.

Author/Researcher IDs

Researcher profiles are an efficient way to showcase and manage your publications. They can help to avoid misidentification, track citation counts, and help you to be identified by potential collaborators.

ORCID provides authors/researchers with a unique digital ID that collates contributions across name inconsistencies (e.g. changes, cultural differences in name order, abbreviations, different writing systems, etc.) ORCID is open-access and the de facto standard for contributor identification in academic publishing.


Google Scholar Citation Profile helps you track the citations of all your publications in one place. It also includes links to citing articles. You can import/export citations from Google Scholar into ORCID using BibTex (.bib files).

MyResearcherID, through Web of Science (Web of Knowledge), assigns unique researcher IDs that persist regardless of institutional affiliation, allowing for more easy tracking. Web of Science publications can also be exported into ORCID by associating the two accounts.