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Research evidence for grants and promotion

A 'how to' guide on information and tools for capturing evidence of, and describing, research outputs.

Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)

The Field-Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) for a paper is the ratio of the document's citations to the average number of citations received by all similar documents in the research field over a three-year period.

The global mean of the FWCI is 1.0, so an FWCI of 1.50 means 50% more cited than the world average; whereas, an FWCI of .75 means 25% less cited than the world average.

Example statement

"My 2003 article on XYZ has been cited 364 times and has a field-weighted citation impact of 12.58 which indicates that it received 12 times the number of citations the average article in this field received." (source: Scopus, 6 May 2020)

How to find the FWCI of a paper in Scopus

  1. Go to Scopus
  2. Search for the paper and select the paper
  3. The FWCI for that paper is listed with other metrics on the right of the page


Hot and Highly cited papers

The Web of Science Core Collection will indicate Top papers.

undefinedHot Papers are papers published in the last two years that are receiving citations quickly after publication. These papers have been cited enough times in the most recent bimonthly period to place them in the top 0.1% when compared to papers in the same field and added to the database in the same period.

Highly Cited Papers are papers that perform in the top 1% based on the number of citations received when compared to other papers published in the same field in the same year.

Example statement

"I have 19 highly cited papers of my 292 publications listed in Web of Science. My 19 highly cited papers are in the top 1% of other papers in my field in the same year." (source: ESI, 5 May 2020)

How to find top papers in ESI

  1. Go to Essential Science Indicators
  2. From Results list select Authors
  3. From the Filter results by, add the filter Authors
  4. Search by researcher's name
  5. Choose to display Top papers, Hot papers, or Highly Cited Papers


Articles in top journal percentiles

Publications in top journal percentiles can demonstrate the percentage of outputs that have been published in highly regarded journals.

You can view the percentage of publications in top journal percentiles according to three journal metrics. The SNIP (Source-Normalized Impact per Paper) or SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) are field-normalised journal metrics – these may be most useful.

Example statement

"I have published 13 papers between 2014-2019 that are listed in the Scopus database. Of those papers, 87.5% of them are published in the top 10% most cited journals according to the SciMago Journal Ranking." (source: SciVal, 19 May 2020)

How to identify the percentage of journals published in top journals


  1. In SciVal, select 'Overview'
  2. Select 'Researchers and groups' from the left menu, then type in the researcher's name under 'Find existing researcher or group'
  3. Change the date range to include the period you would like to view.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the percentage of publications in top journal percentiles.
  5. Change the metric by which the percentile is defined, if you like - e.g., to SciMago Journal Ranking (SJR)


Journal rankings

Articles published in top quartile journals can be a method for indicating quality of research. There are several journal rankings lists - each uses different methods for determining the rankings, none are comprehensive and vary according to discipline.

Example statement

"My 2017 article published in the Journal of Transport and Health has been cited 8 times. The journal is in the top-quartile for the area of Health Policy and is ranked 58/242 of journals according to the SciMago Journal Rankings." (Source: SciMago, 1 June 2020)

How to view top quartile journals

There are several methods to view journal rankings lists. See the Library's Research Metrics guide to view a comprehensive list of rankings lists. The steps below outline viewing the SciMago Journal Rankings.

  1. In SJR, search for the journal title
  2. Select the journal from the search results to view subject categories and journal metrics
  3. Select a subject category to view journal ranking



International reach

Citation databases like Scopus and Web of Science can be used to view qualitative measures of your research - for example, who is citing your research and which country and institutions they are from.

Example statement

"My publications in Scopus have been cited internationally, including researchers in Europe, China and North America from institutions such as Gent University and the University of California." (Source: Scopus, 1 June 2020)

How to find citing authors, institutions and countries in Scopus

  1. Go to Scopus
  2. Select author search and search for the name of the researcher. Include institution to limit search results.
  3. Select the Documents link in the search results to view the author's publication in the Scopus search results screen.
  4. Select the 'All' box, and then 'View cited by' to see all the citing articles
  5. On the left-hand filters, select the author's name and select 'Exclude' to remove them as a citing author
  6. Select 'Analyze search results' to see who is citing the author's work - e.g., by author, affiliation, country, subject area and source.


See the following link to finding who is citing your work in the Web of Science database:


If considering How might my research outputs inform the development of a patent? then the following are different sources that may be used to search for your works that have been cited in patents.


  1. Go to SciVal, and select 'Overview'
  2. Select 'Researchers and groups' from the left menu, then type in the researcher's name under 'Find existing researcher or group'
  3. Change the date range to include the period you would like to view
  4. Select 'more' and 'economic impact'
  5. Change the 'Patent office' to the desired one
  6. The 'Citing-Patents Count' indicates the number of patents citing your work, select 'View list of patents' for full details
  7. Additionally, by scrolling down the page, 'Patent-Cited Scholarly Output' indicates the number of your works that have been cited in patents, select 'View list of publications' for full details

Altmetric Explorer

  1. Go to Altmetric Explorer.
  2. Create an account with your RMIT email address the first time you access it.
  3. Choose to search by author's name and receive an 'attention breakdown' for overall research outputs.
  4. Select the 'policy and patents' mentions to discover if your works have been cited in a patent.

Look to the My Societal Engagement page for example statements about Altmetrics.

Google Patents

  1. Go to Google Patents.
  2. Search the author’s name.
  3. Select and open each result to find the 'non-patent citations'


  1. Go to USPTO.
  2. Select patent 'quick search'
  3. Place the author’s name in term 1 box
  4. Select from the field 1 drop-down menu 'other references'
  5. Select and open each result to find the 'references'









The Lens, seeks to source, merge and link diverse open knowledge sets, including scholarly works and patents, to inform discovery, analysis, decision making, and partnering on a human-centered user experience built on an open web platform.

  1. Go to Lens
  2. Create an account
  3. From Scholarly works, select Author
  4. Perform name search and submit
  5. From Scholar Results, select Works cited by patents

The list provides the citation detail for the scholarly works, along with information about open access, patents, substance, funding, affiliation and field of study.

A sort by Citing patent (highest) will reveal which scholarly work by the author has been cited by the most patents.


PatentScope is a database managed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) providing access to: 

For your patent searches, you can use a variety of search criteria such as keywords, IPC, chemical compounds, numbers and many more in different languages.

Go to PatentScope.

Find out more about PatentScope.