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Workshops: Faculty Tips and Tricks

This guide will be useful as a resource for often overlooked library information for the advanced user.

About PlumX

PlumX is a service provided through the library which tracks your publication's citations and a range of alternative metrics, or altmetrics, which show how others are using and talking about your publications. It can trace the impact of a wide variety of scholarly outputs, including articles, datasets, source code, patents, videos, and websites.

They categorize metrics into 5 separate types: 

Metrics_Icons_Usage Usage (e.g. clicks, downloads, views, library holdings, video plays)

Metrics_Icons_Captures Captures (e.g. bookmarks, code forks, favorites, readers, watchers)

Metrics_Icons_Mentions Mentions (e.g. blog posts, comments, reviews, Wikipedia links)

Metrics_Icons_SocialMedia Social media (e.g. +1s, likes, shares, tweets)

Metrics_Icons_Citations Citations (e.g. citation indexes, patent citations, clinical citations)

For more information on PlumX or how to start tracking your publication metrics visit:


 Compare sources in Scopus allows authors to locate credible journals in their field of study. 

Scopus Metrics with definitions

CiteScore – Calculates the average number of citations received in a calendar year by all items published in that journal in the preceding three years. For more information, What is CiteScore?

SJR – Compare the scientific prestige of sources, based on the value of weighted citations per document. A source transfers its own 'prestige', or status, to another source through the act of citing it. A citation from a source with a relatively high SJR is worth more than a citation from a source with a lower SJR. For more information, How is SJR (SCImago Journal Rank) used in Scopus?

SNIP – Compare the citation impact of sources in different subject fields. SNIP is the ratio of a source's average citation count per paper, and the 'citation potential' of its subject field. For more information, How is SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper) used in Scopus?

Citations – Compare sources by the number of times a source has been cited in a year. The citations are for the current year, but all of the documents published by the source (that are available in Scopus) are considered regardless of their year of publication. For example, if a total of 50 articles have been published in the source over the last 5 years and 10 of those articles have been cited once in the current year, then the total number of citations for the year would be 10. In Line Chart view, the number of citations for a source is on the y-axis and the publication year is on the x-axis.

Documents – Compare sources by the number of documents published in a year. In Line Chart view, the number of documents published in a source is on the y-axis and the publication year is on the x-axis.

% Not Cited – Compare sources by the percentage of documents published in a year that have never been cited to date. In Line Chart view, the percentage of documents not cited in a source is on the y-axis of the graph and the publication year is on the x-axis. Note: If information for a particular year is not available, the Percent Not Cited feature does not plot a point.

% Reveiws – Compare sources by the percent of articles that are review articles. The value shown is the percent of documents designated as Review of all documents labeled for a specific journal. This metric is helpful because review articles receive more citations than normal articles, which causes metrics to be artificially inflated for a journal with a high percentage of review articles. 

About My Profile

My Profile from Google Scholar provides a simple way for authors to keep track of citations to their articles. 

Make Google Scholar Work for You!

Setting Google Scholar to work with the TTU Libraries allows you to use Google Scholar as your database, by allowing you to get the materials from the TTU libraries. Therefore the materials are creditable and reliable. 

Step 1. To change the settings click on the three dashesthree dashes in the upper left corner.

Step 2.  Click ongear iconSettings at the bottom of the slide out menu. 

Step 3. Click on Library links on far left.

Step 4. Type Texas Tech and nothing else.

Screenshot of Google Scholar with Library Links open

Step 4. Click on the box to include Texas Tech Univ. Libraries - FT@TTULib.

Step 5. Click Save.