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Homepage / Who’s looking at (and citing) your research data?

Who’s looking at (and citing) your research data?


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Metrics are very popular as we try to raise our research profile and measure the impact of our work. Did you know you can see a whole host of metrics and altmetrics on CORD (our research data management system), now including citation counts?

When you put any data or supporting output on CORD, it’s given a DOI and its usage is tracked. On the item page, you can see counts of views, downloads, and citations, and this is being further developed so that the citation count will soon link through to details of who has cited you. Although it always takes a while for citations to filter through, over the last six months, 5 items on CORD were cited so you can see examples already:

Screenshot of view, download, and citation count in CORD

Of course, where you publish data to support a publication, you should be citing it yourself in that paper! That’s why it will be great to see details of citations to identify self-citations and others.

And don’t forget you also get an altmetric “donut” on your page too, to track other places where people might express an interest in your data, whether that’s Twitter, Facebook, policies, or news articles. Click on the donut to get further information about where your item has been discussed!

CORD altmetrics donut

To find out more about CORD or get started using it, see the CORD intranet page, register interest in a hands-on CORD session via the new DATES booking system, or email our Research Data Manager, Georgina Parsons, for a one-to-one overview ( Please also feed back any other improvements you’d like to see in CORD and we’ll see what we can do!


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