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Scholarly Impact Tools: Traditional Metrics

This guide includes bibliometric and altmetric tools that may be used to create comprehensive evidence of scholarly impact for promotion and/or tenure reviews, annual evaluations, and other applications.

What are traditional metrics?

Traditional metric tools are authoritative and widely recognized. These are found in sources such as Web of Science and Journal Citation Reports--these and more are accessible from this page--and include metrics such as the h-index and journal impact factor.  For broader impact, consider incorporating altmetric tools.

Scholarly Impact

For guidance with the use of these tools, contact your subject librarian.

Article Citation Count

Use these for basic counts of the number of times an article has been cited.

Examples of Activity


  • Promotion & Tenure
  • Grant applications
  • Annual Reports
  • Departmental candidate searches
  • Faculty pages on GSU department sites/CV

 Graduate Students

  • Identifying top researchers/journals 
  • Identifying highly cited articles
  • Creating early impact by publishing as a graduate student
  • Preparing for tenure-track/promotion & tenure


Use these tools to generate data by author for activity such as promotion & tenure review and candidate searches.


Use these to obtain data by journal, such as impact factor and h-index.