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Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Resources to support study and research in food, agricultural and biological engineering.

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Scholarly Impact

Citation metrics:

  • 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

Setting Up Citation Alerts

Many databases let you set up an alert to notify you when an article has been cited. In most cases, you will need to set up an account to use the service. 

Web of Science 

  • Perform a search in one of the Web of Science citation databases
  • When viewing a Full Record, click the "Create Citation Alert" button 
  • Alerts are active for one year and may be renewed.


  • On the Document details page, click Set citation alert or Set citation feed box.
  • Fill out the Set document citation alert form to receive automatic notifications.

Google Scholar

  • Locate the article you want to track by searching Google Scholar.
  • Click on "Cited by" link following article citation.
  • Click on "Create alert" from display of citing articles.
  • Enter your email address to receive the alerts

Journal Rankings

Non-traditional Metrics (Altmetrics)

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.