Citation Impact (Authors)

Researcher Profiles

Researchers might need research profiles for various purposes:

  • Comprehensive list of all research output & peer collaboration
  • Required for funding purposes
  • Demonstrate impact & relevance of research (incl. citation impact)
  • Performance evaluation purposes
  • Highlight experts/leading researchers
  • Identify opportunities for collaborative research
  • Provide overview of completed research
  • Benchmark against other experts
  • Attract top class scholars & other researchers to home institution
  • Other

Most of the research profiles give an indication of the impact the researcher has within the research environment.

National Research Foundation (NRF) Rating System (application required)

The South African National Research Foundation 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. The rating system encourages researchers to publish high quality outputs in high impact journals/outlets. Rated researchers as supervisors will impart cutting-edge skills to the next generation of researchers.

Apply by 15 February annually:

View list of NRF rated researchers: See NRF Rating >> Downloads >> Rated Researchers

Pure (Elsevier SciVal Experts) (institutional dependent)

SciVal Experts (Elsevier Pure) is an expertise profiling and research networking tool, analysing research according to a specific institution.

Pure facilitates an evidence-based approach to an institution's research and collaboration strategies, assessment exercises and day-to-day business decisions.

It aggregates an organization's research information and enables the organization to build reports, carry out performance assessments, manage researcher profiles, enable research networking and expertise discovery and more, all while reducing administrative burden for researchers, faculty and staff.

ORCID (open registration)

ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes one researcher from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between the researcher and his/her professional activities ensuring that a researcher's work is recognized. Also provides a solution to the author ambiguity problem within the international world of scholarly communication.

Institutional repositories as well as open access journal systems such as OJS make provision for authors to enter their ORCIDs as part of the descriptive metadata.

Register an ORCID:

Search an ORCID/researcher:

ResearcherID (Clarivate Analytics)(open registration)

ResearcherID provides a solution to the author ambiguity problem within the scholarly research community. Each member is assigned a unique identifier to enable researchers to manage their publication lists, track their times cited counts and h-index, identify potential collaborators and avoid author misidentification. ResearcherID information integrates with the Web of Science and is ORCID compliant, allowing the researcher to claim and showcase his/her publications from a single one account. Search the registry to find collaborators, review publication lists and explore how research is used around the world.

Register a ResearcherID: Self Registration

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Google Scholar Citations (open registration)

Google Scholar Citations provide a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. An author can check who is citing his/her publications, graph citations over time, and compute several citation metrics. The author can also make his/her profile public, so that it may appear in Google Scholar results when people search for the researcher name, e.g. Robin Crewe

Create a Google Scholar Citations profile:

Publish or Perish (free download)(open registration)

Are you applying for tenure, promotion or a new job? Do you want to include evidence of the impact of your research? Is your work cited in journals which are not ISI listed? Then you might want to try Publish or Perish, designed to help individual academics to present their case for research impact to its best advantage.


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