Two principal rules apply when sharing your work online:

1. Ensure your work is stored properly

Perhaps the most important rule is to ensure that your work has been stored in a sustainable location. WordPress, Google Docs and Dropbox are excellent tools, but they are not sustainable homes for CIAT outputs. Please send your work to We will ensure that your work is stored in one of our Open Access repositories, and that it is tagged with sufficient descriptive metadata. Storing your work in our repositories will ensure that your work can be harvested by Google Scholar, will feed onto CIAT and CCAFS websites, and will remain accessible long-term.

2. Always use consistent and trackable links when sharing your work

CIAT monitors your work via Altmetric and CGSpace (file downloads and visitors by country). When sharing your work, you may use either:

Common tools to measure the bibliometric impact of your work:

Impact Factors

Impact factors reflect the relative importance of a journal within its field. Measurements are obtained by calculating the average number of times the papers in a journal have been cited during the preceding two years. Impact factors are only calculated for the journals listed in the ISI Journal Citation Reports, found in Web of Science (Staff access from home here). A list of Open Access journals, with corresponding impact factors can be found in CIATnet (internal use only).

Google Scholar Citations

Google Scholar citations reflect the number of times your work has been cited via Google Scholar. To find citation scores, simply search for a publication via Google Scholar. The citation score will be listed there.


Altmetrics are an alternative to traditional citation metrics. They measure the online attention and reach of research outputs through digital communication such as news stories, blog posts, Tweets, and Facebook posts. CIAT Subscribes to Altmetrics in conjuction with CGSpace. This is why you must use CGSpace handle links or DOIs when you share your work. Not only do these links register with Altmetric, but it is good practice to use links consistently.

H-Index Scores

H-Index scores are measurements that combine an author’s productivity with his or her citation impact. H-Indexes differ depending upon which database is used for the calculations. For example, due to differences in citation counts and holdings, Google Scholar and Web of Science will provide different scores. Contact the for further information about finding your H-Index score.

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