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Bibliometrics and Altmetrics

This guide was created to help UNLV researchers navigate bibliometrics and altmetrics when trying to evaluate journals for publication or indicate their scholarship's impact.

Dimensions - What is it?

Dimensions - click here to access the database.
Be sure to use Dimensions on the UNLV campus or login with your UNLV credentials to access the grants, patents, clinical trials and policy documents portion of the database.

This database, developed by Digital Science, is an online resource for searching and retrieving the following:

  • Publications
  • Awarded Grants
  • Patents
  • Clinical Trials
  • Policy Documents

Use this database to discover information on researchers, funders, and university activity (e.g. how many grants in genetics were awarded to UNLV that are active in 2019?).


Types of Metrics in Dimensions

Types of Metrics Available in Dimensions

Citations Dimensions will list the number of citations that a publication has received from other publications in the database. Note that this might not reflect the total number of citations a publication has received.

Field Citation Ratio This is an article-level metric that measures citations a publication has received, when compared with publications that were published in a similar time frame in the same area of research.

Altmetric Attention Score A weighted measurement of all the online "attention" that a publication receives across multiple sources, such as in the news media, social media networks, citation managers, Wikipedia, blogs, and more. For more information about Altmetrics, go to UNLV's Bibliometrics and Altmetrics library guide.

Relative Citation Ratio Originally developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this metric measures the citations of a publication in relation to other publications in its area of research. 

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