Information Services

Bibliometric and publication metrics

Tools which report or generate statistics based on research output or which provide research publication statistics, eg Journal Impact Factors.


Edinburgh Research Explorer

Access information: Freely available
Description: Institutional repository of University of Edinburgh staff's research outputs. Includes information on awards, projects and press coverage as well as publications, many of which are available on an Open Access basis.



Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: The source of journal impact factors, JCR is a unique resource for journal evaluation using citation data drawn from over 8,400 science and technology journals and 3,000 in the social sciences.
  Use the "Products" link in the top right corner to navigate to the Library's other Web of Science subscriptions.
Userguides: Journal Impact Factors and other measures on JCR (pdf)
  Journal Citation Reports - Quick Reference Card
  Whitepapers and essays from Thomson Reuters but putting various research evaluation methods, including Journal Impact Factors, into context



SciVal (personal registration and University IP address required)

Access information:

Requires personal registration using your institutional email. Off-campus, you must also be accessing the University network via the VPN service.

Description: Bibliometrics database.  Find metrics for your own publications, for your department or the University of Edinburgh as a whole, or for other researchers and institutions.  Alternatively, examine bibliometrics by country or research area.
Additional information:

SciVal : getting started



Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources.  Contains over 16 million author profiles, 70,000 institutional profiles, 5000 publishers, 70 million records, 1.4 billion cited references, covers over 20,000 journals from health, life, physical and social sciences and the humanities.
Coverage: For some subject areas, from 1788 onwards.  
User guide:
Note: The University of Edinburgh's Affiliation ID is 60027272 (used for configuring Papers 3 for Mac to work with Scopus).
Note: If you would like to register to receive personalised searches, alerts etc then select "Other Institution login", then add "Edinburgh" to the search box to find the University of Edinburgh log in link, select the Shibboleth option if requested.



Web of Science Core Collection

Access information:

Access on and off campus.

  Russian Science Citation Index is not presently included in the Web of Science.

Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Cited reference searching, Impact Factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.


Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Science and Social Sciences Citation Indexes (both 1900 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards).

Also: Book Citation Indexes in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards), Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Emerging Sources Citation Index (2015 onwards), Current Chemical Reactions (1985 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).

Change "Search in:" to use: BIOSIS Citation Index (1926 onwards), Current Contents Connect (1998 onwards), Data Citation Index (1990 onwards), Derwent Innovations Index (1966 onwards), KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards), Medline (1950 onwards), PrePrint Citation Index (1991 onwards), ProQuest Dissertatoins & Theses Citation Index (1637 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (2002 onwards), Zoological Record (1864 onwards).


Publisher userguide

Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'):

Cited Reference Searching (pdf)


Journal Citation Reports (JCR): 

Journal Impact Factors and other measures on JCR (pdf)