Many countries regularly undertake research assessment for different institutions and subjects. The major global university ranking systems also adopt research assessment indicators. As one of the main indicators of research output, academic papers can reflect level of academic performance and have been the main assessment subjects in evaluating research performance in global university assessment or university ranking systems.

Through scientometric methods and some well-known databases and evaluation tools, the service provides research performance evaluation, subject competitiveness analysis, and identifies hot topics and leading researchers based on objective bibliometric data, to support decision-making for the university leadership, Office of Research and colleges/departments of SUSTech.

If you’re interested in common bibliometric indicators and the application in University Rankings and Highly Cited Researchers, and the popular index databases and research performance analysis platforms, please refer to Topic Guide of Bibliometrics & Research Impact.


  • Yu Wang(+86-755-88010809,

  • March Yang(+86-755-88010809,

Commonly Used Databases and Platforms

Responsible Use of Bibliometrics

Bibliometrics provides quantitative analysis for scholarly publications as an indication of their academic impact. However, bibliometrics cannot replace qualitative evaluation methods such as peer review. Many bibliometric indicators have both strengths and weaknesses, so they are not always applicable for the assessment with different purposes. Therefore, it’s necessary to be aware of the definition, calculation method and limitations of different indicators, so as to make responsible use of quantitative indicators in the assessment of research performance.

Sample Reports