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Measuring Research Impact

Provides the common tools and methods to evaluate the impact of research

Country-specific research impact

The impact of research can be measured on national or regional scales. This page shows how a commonly used free website, SCImago Journal & Country Rank, can help you locate information about country-specific research quality and productivity according to publication and citation data.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank

SCImago Journal & Country Rank contains citation data derived from the Scopus Database. Country ranking information can be generated based on these citation data.

To use this tool:

1. Access SCImago Journal & Country Rank.

2. Select “Country Rankings”. Select one or more ranking parameters (subject area, subject category and/or region). Then click “Refresh”.

For example, select the subject area “Computer Science” and the subject category “Artificial Intelligence”.


3. A list of countries is displayed. You can choose to re-order the list by the number of cites, the number of cites per document, the h-index, etc.


4. Click on a country to view the detailed information about the research impact of this country, including figures or interactive graphics of:

  • Documents and Cites
  • Documents by subject categories
  • Citation vs. self-citation
  • Citable vs. non-citable documents
  • Cited vs. uncited documents
  • H-index
  • Percentage of international collaboration
  • Country’s relative contribution to regional publication output and world publication output

For more about this website, refer to the SCimago Help page.

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