Monday, 24 August 2015

Web of Science Usage Counts

Usage statistics are now available to University of Sheffield users for items in Web of Science, offering a new tool to help identify popular or hot-topic papers.  

Usage counts indicate:
  • The number of times a full text article has been accessed
  • The number of times the record has been exported to Endnote or other reference managers vis RIS
This can complement the citation counts already available in Web of Science.  Citations can take years to build up, so usage is a good way to indicate interest in a research publication, especially for recently published papers which have yet to be cited.

You can view total usage since 2013, or over the last 180 days.  There is also the option to sort search results by usage, to display the most-used papers first.

Usage stats are updated daily (so you won't see a 'live' update of any clicks you make whilst using Web of Science).  

In order to guard against gaming or systematic downloads, Web of Science will only record 3 actions per item per person, per session.  

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Lecture Notes In Mathematics

We now have an online subscription to Lecture Notes in Mathematics from Springer.

Members of the University of Sheffield can now access all volumes from 1964 onwards (this currently covers 2163 volumes). 

You can search for individual titles on StarPlus, or browse the collection by searching for 'Lecture Notes in Mathematics', clicking View it' and following the link to SpringerLink:

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Google Scholar Metrics - 2014 data now available

Google Scholar have released journal metrics data for 2014.  

Google Scholar Metrics are a tool that can help to identify influential academic journals.  
They provide lists of the top 100 journals according to their h5-Index, in 9 languages.  For English language journals, you can also view the top ranked 20 journals by subject category.

Journals are ranked by their h5-index: a variation on the h-index which provides an indication of productivity (the number of papers published in the last 5 years) and citation impact (the number of times those papers have been cited in the last 5 years).  A journal with an h5 index of 300 would have published 300 papers in 2010-14 with at least 300 citations each.  

For a more complete picture of journal impact, we recommend using Google Scholar Metrics alongside other journal ranking tools such as Journal Citation Reports from Web of Science, and Scimago Journal Rank (based on Scopus citation data).  

More information on using these can be found on the Library webpages