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Research metrics

A guide to identifying and analysing research-related metrics, with support material and further guidance.for related tools


InCites is a citation-based evaluation tool to analyze institutional productivity and benchmark research output in a national or international context.

It is based on Web of Science data, covering publications from 1980 onwards, which can be broken down by facets including country, author's institution, collaborating institution, or research topic.

Key features of the tool include:

  • Collaboration data between institutions
  • Aggregated data including normalised citation metrics
  • Standardised downloads for large sets of records (up to 50,000 at a time).

Accessing InCites

To access InCites you will need an individual user account. If you already have an individual user account registered with a Clarivate service (Web of Science, Publons, etc) then you can use this; if not, you will need to register one using your UCL email address. The first time you do this you will need to be using the proxy link (below) or on the UCL network so that you can be authenticated as a valid user.

While you do need to register, access is available for everyone at UCL.

InCites MyOrganization

InCites My Organization menu selectionThe MyOrganization tool in InCites allows you access to a curated set of data about papers published at UCL.

To use the MyOrganization dataset, select it from the drop-down menu on the top left. It will then allow you to work with an internal hierarchy of papers - for example, "papers from Brain Sciences" or "papers from the Institute of Neurology". These can then be analysed in the same way as other InCites data.

The underlying data is drawn from RPS and so it reflects only papers known to have been published by UCL authors. Department affiliations are based on the current primary affiliation of the author, and in some cases it may include some "retroactive" papers from people who have moved to UCL and filled their older papers into the system.

Data is provided for papers from 2013 onwards. It is updated roughly monthly, but can be incomplete for recent months as it takes time for papers to be recorded in RPS and to be listed by InCites.


InCites videos

InCites can be a complicated tool to use. We have provided a series of videos for you to help work your way through it, but if you would like to request an individual session to help show you how it can be used, please get in touch at

For guidance on using and interpreting the various metrics, you may find it useful to consult the Using InCites Responsibly guide, produced jointly by UCL and Imperial. For more information on using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) data, see this video from Clarivate.