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Scholarly Impact: Home


Discovering and understanding one's research impact can be a complex endeavor.  The guide’s goal is to help faculty members applying for promotion and tenure to make the case for excellence in scholarship by using tools such as citation analysis, journal metrics, and other methods. Newer faculty who are just starting to publish can also benefit by using these tools to develop effective publishing strategies.

Using This Guide

Journal Metrics Illuminates the trends of highly-cited journal publications through journal metric tools.

Author Metrics Includes tools to show the influence and productivity of an author/researcher.

Citation Metrics Includes guides for completing cited reference searches on 20+ databases and websites available through Gumberg Library, illustrating the number of times an author or published work has been cited.

Altmetrics New means of measuring a scholar's impact based on their presence in the social web using online tools and environments.

Where to Publish Provides information to help determine in which journals to publish and which journals to avoid.

Duq Pubs Includes an RSS feed of Scopus publications from Duquesne University researchers.

Consultation Make an appointment with a Librarian to discover your scholarship's impact.

More Info Includes additional web resources to help you identify and increase your scholarship's impact.

Librarians as Collaborators

Librarians have many assets to help you through the P&T process:

  • Broad view of scholarship  - librarians can help you see how your subject area fits into the big picture
  • Expert searching skills - librarians can find citations of your work wherever they may be
  • Ability to use information tools creatively - librarians can use a number of tools to paint a complete picture of the impact of your scholarly work
  • Neutrality - librarians can provide unbiased information and the value of perspective external to your department or the P&T committee