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Bibliometrics measures the impact of:
Three commonly-used measures are:
When gathering bibliometrics, use a range of tools as database coverage varies. For example, Google Scholar metrics tend to be higher than those in Scopus and Web of Science. Funding agencies and evaluation systems may place a lesser value on Google Scholar metrics because Google Scholar includes non-peer reviewed material and is not always recognised as a formal mediated article database.
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You might find citations for books, book chapters, conference proceedings (and other non-article documents) by searching for the title in Google Scholar, and (increasingly) Scopus, as you would for journal articles. If you find your title, click on the Cited By link.
However, many of these documents are not indexed in Scopus or Web of Science. They may, however, appear in the reference lists of articles and documents indexed in Scopus and Google Books. Searching these reference lists for mentions of your document will give you a citation count:
Book reviews are useful for quantitative metrics, particularly if book has been reviewed a lot. However, book reviews are even more important as a qualitative measure. Reviews are valuable evidence of what we thought about a book by someone who had read it.
Search for book reviews in:
You can also try other sources of book reviews, such as Amazon. Scopus does not include book reviews.
Journal level metrics include many different measures and rankings, based around citation data, productivity, h-index and various weightings such as prestige and subject field.
Commonly-used metrics are the Impact Factor (based on Web of Science citation data), SJR and SNIP (based on Scopus citation data), and Google Scholar metrics.
For further information, see Journal Ranking and Impact
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