Most often people correlate scholarly impact with impact factor; however, this is only one measure which refers to a journal's impact as defined by one source. There are many ways to show impact - article citations, h-index, journal prestige, article downloads, social media presence, news mentions, and more. This guide will introduce you to these varied options.
This guide will help you determine the impact of a scholarly work, journal, or researcher. Be aware that results may be tricky to locate and ultimately subjective.
Bibliometrics: The overall name for the use of statistical methods in the analysis of a body of literature to reveal the historical development of subject fields and patterns of authorship, publication, and use. See bibliometric approaches below.
Citation Anaysis (Article Impact): Can help you determine how often something has been cited and who has cited whom.
Journal Rankings (Journal Impact): Can reveal a journal's influence by looking at how often a journal's articles have been cited.
h-Index (Researcher Impact): Determines the success of a particular researcher by measuring the number of works they publish and the number of times their works are cited.
Altmetrics or “alternative metrics”: Includes information such as number of downloads and page views from a publisher, views in repositories or online reference managers, or the amount of discussion generated in venues such as social media or blogs.