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NRF Rating Preparation: Who can assist?

This guide provides information and tools for measuring research impact, focusing on the use of citation metrics in NRF rating preparation

Personal Librarians

Although it is important for individual researchers to be aware of the electronic resources in the Library and those in the open access domain and how to apply these to present their case for research impact to its best advantage, the Personal Librarians can provide assistance and training in how to use these resources. 

Contact the Personal Librarians to assist you with setting up your Researcher Profiles for NRF rating.


Recommended Reading - Articles

Agarwal, A., Durairajanayagam, D., Tatagari, S., Esteves, S., Harlev, A., Henkel, R., Bashiri, A. (2016). Bibliometrics: tracking research impact by selecting the appropriate metrics. Asian Journal of Andrology, 18(2), 296.

Buntrock, R. E. (2016). Using Citation Indexes, Citation Searching, and Bibliometrics to Improve Chemistry Scholarship, Research, and Administration. Journal of Chemical Education, 93(3), 560–566.

Cabrera, D., Vartabedian, B. S., Spinner, R. J., Jordan, B. L., Aase, L. A., & Timimi, F. K. (2017). More Than Likes and Tweets: Creating Social Media Portfolios for Academic Promotion and Tenure. Journal of Graduate Medical Education, 9(4), 421–425.

Cabrera, D., Roy, D., & Chisolm, M. S. (2017). Social Media Scholarship and Alternative Metrics for Academic Promotion and Tenure. Journal of the American College of Radiology, 1–7.

Carpenter, C. R., Cone, D. C., & Sarli, C. C. (2014). Using publication metrics to highlight academic productivity and research impact. Academic Emergency Medicine, 21(10), 1160–1172.

Delasalle, J. (2012). Research evaluation: bibliometrics and the librarian. Focus, 53, 15–19. Retrieved from

Ebrahim, N. A., Salehi, H., Embi, M. A., Tanha, F. H., Gholizadeh, H., Motahar, S. M., & Ordi, A. (2013). Effective strategies for increasing citation frequency. International Education Studies, 6(11), 93–99.

Ebrahim, N. A., Salehi, H., Embi, M. A., Tanha, F. H., Gholizadeh, H., & Motahar, S. M. (2014). Visibility and citation impact. International Education Studies, 7(4), 120–125.

Gasparyan, A. Y., Nurmashev, B., Yessirkepov, M., Endovitskiy, D. A., Voronov, A. A., & Kitas, G. D. (2017). Researcher and author profiles: Opportunities, advantages, and limitations. Journal of Korean Medical Science, 32(11), 1749–1756.

Konkiel, S., Sugimoto, C. R., & Williams, S. (2016). The use of Altmetrics in Promotion and Tenure. Educause Review, 54–55.

Mering, M. (2017). Bibliometrics: Understanding Author-, Article- and Journal-Level Metrics. Serials Review, 43(1), 41–45.

Orduna-Malea, Enrique, Alberto Martín-Martín, and E. D. L.-C. (2016). Metrics in academic profiles: a new addictive game for researchers? Rev Esp Salud Publica, 90, 82–98.

Piwowar, H., & Priem, J. (2013). The power of altmetrics on a CV. Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 39, 10–13.

Rotenberg, E., & Kushmerick, A. (2011). The author challenge: Identification of self in the scholarly literature. Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, 49(6), 503–520.

Wimmer, E. N., Rethlefsen, M. L., Jarvis, C., & Shipman, J. P. (2016). Understanding Research Impact: A Review of Existing and Emerging Tools for Nursing. Journal of Professional Nursing, 32(6), 401–411.

Unisa Institutional Repository (UIR)

The Unisa Institutional Repository (UnisaIR) is an open digital archive of scholarly information resources and research output of the University of South Africa.  It is a publicly accessible repository (archive) where all the work published by researchers or authors affiliated with the University can be posted online. It contributes to the status of the institution by displaying the intellectual output of the institution. It is the ideal space for a researcher applying for NRF rating to place their most influential articles.

All researchers and academics at Unisa may submit items to the UnisaIR by applying for submission rights at


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