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Library resources to support study and research of OSU Extension educators, staff and researchers.

Useful Author Profile Tools

Library Guides on Scholarly Publishing & Impact

Scholarly Impact & Citation Metrics

Scholarly impact

  • Find out citation counts and who is citing your work with a Cited Reference Search using Google Scholar, Scopus, or Web of Science.
  • Determine the impact factors and rankings of the journals in which you've published with Journal Rankings
  • Monitor downloads, views, and discussion of your work on social media using Altmetrics.

There are general steps you can take to help with documenting your citation metrics:

  • Be consistent in the way you use your name as an author
  • Monitor and manage your author profiles in Google Scholar, Scopus, and Web of Science to be sure all your articles are included
    • If you have a compound name, make sure the database enters it correctly
    • If you have a common name, create profiles in the databases to record your publications
    • Make your Google Scholar profile public, so that others can see your publications
  • Register your author profiles in ORCID which provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. 
  • Publish in journals that are covered by indexing services and Google Scholar.
  • Publish in open access journals or grant open access rights (when available) to make your work accessible to those without subscriptions.
  • Deposit a copy of your work in the Knowledge Bank or other authorized repository to increase visibility

[Source: Scholarly Impact and Citation Analysis]


Altmetrics uses non-traditional metrics and is a developing field that seeks to supplement established forms of citation analysis, such as article citation and journal impact factor, with usage measures that can be captured through social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and bibliographic management tools like Mendeley and Zotero.

Transforming Scholarly Publishing @ Ohio State

The Ohio State University Libraries promotes innovative research and creative expression and curates and preserves information essential for scholarship and learning. Making the research and scholarship of Ohio State’s faculty, staff and students openly available allows us to live our land grant mission – sharing knowledge and culture with the people of Ohio, the nation and the world.

The current scholarly publishing model creates barriers for researchers and has become unsustainable. In alignment with the university’s promise of operational excellence and resource stewardship, we are exploring partnerships to transform that model while also ensuring researchers have access to the tools crucial for their work.

Current Open Access Agreements

Think. Check. Submit

Think. Check. Submit. helps researchers identify trusted journals and publishers for their research. Through a range of tools and practical resources, this international, cross-sector initiative aims to educate researchers, promote integrity, and build trust in credible research and publications.

Copyright Services

Copyright Services supports Ohio State faculty, staff, and students by providing education and guidance on the application of copyright law to facilitate teaching, research, and scholarship.

Copyright Services offer the following services:

  • Workshops
  • Customized Presentations
  • Consultations
  • Copyright Permission Requests Assistance
  • Information on How to Register a Copyright
  • Referral to Resources

Office Hours and Consultations: Do you have copyright questions related to your research? Come talk to Copyright Services during our open office hours at the Research Commons to discuss issues related to identifying, using, and creating copyrighted content. Open office hours are available and consultations can be scheduled through the Research Commons.

Learn more about copyright basics and Copyright Services at https://library.osu.edu/copyright