How can I receive alerts when my work gets cited?
Consider setting up an alert of when people cite your research. What's the value?
Instructions for setting up alerts in (just) two databases:
Check with your subject librarian to determine what other databases may have this alerting feature, plus what capabilities databases have for setting up an alert (email or RSS) for new literature about a topic.
How can I otherwise identify citations to my work?
How can I assess the overall impact of my research?
The most popular metric is the H-Index. You can use Web of Science to calculate it.. Also, Google Scholar provides H-Index values from within an author profile. To set up a Google Scholar profile, see the information about Google Scholar at the Research Identifier page of this guide.
Other information and resources:
How do I track mentions of my work in social media?
Historically, the focus on assessing the research impact of journal articles has been on the number of times cited by published resources such as journal articles. The advent of social media has provided an additional way to promote your work and enabled new ways to assess the impact of research: "altmetrics".
See "Free Altmetrics Tools" by scrolling down Research Impact from Univ. of Toronto. Also on this webpage, see the sections about "Why Altmetrics?" and about "Article Level Metrics". See also Measuring Research Impact: Altmetrics from Univ of Southampton (including the boxes about strengths and weaknesses of Altmetrics).
How do I measure a book's impact?
You can use Google Scholar or Web of Science to determine how many times a book has been cited. (For assistance with Web of Science, which actually includes coverage of social sciences and humanities as well as science, check with your librarian.)
For a discussion about how to measure a book's impact, see article "The Complexity of Measuring the Impact of Books".
Is there a way to monitor trends and high impact individuals, institutions, publications, and countries in a particular field?
"Essential Science Indicators" can be relevant to your own work in various ways. From this overview : "Essential Science Indicators℠ reveals emerging science trends as well as influential individuals, institutions, papers, journals, and countries in your field of research." To see this tool, go to Web of Science and look for this resource in the bar at the very top.