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Scholarly Impact Challenge

Day 2: Automatic claiming for publications

MyActivites is connected to many database to automatically bring in your publications when possible.  In many cases, journal articles will be indexed in databases such as Scopus or Dimensions, and automatically appear in your profile.  Your name settings, affiliations, and database author IDs (author identifiers) can improve retrieval. 

First, log into MyActivities

Step 1: Make adjustments to automatic claiming for your publications

 Look at the list of publications under Scholarly & creative works.  Look at your journal articles listed under claimed and listed under pending. 

  • Does it look like there are too many publications or too little?    MyActivities is using the name provided by UIC's HR system as the default search.  You can improve the search settings by adding alternative names you have used to expand retrieval and by adding past and present affiliations to improve search results.  
  • To examine your search settings, click on the menu button (3 lines) in the top left corner of MyActivities.  Under My Profile, slide your mouse over to Settings and click on Name-based Search
    • add additional name variants as appropriate
    • add additional affiliations as appropriate
    • Click save at the bottom and at the top of the screen click "Run my Searches"
  •  For more detailed instructions see: Improve Search Settings for Your Publications:  Guide | Tutorial

Step 2: Examine the Author Identifiers that are being suggested for your profile.   

You can set up automatic claiming for your publications by claiming the author IDs that belong to you and rejecting the identifiers that are not yours.

  • To examine the Author Identifiers that are being suggested for your profile, click on the menu button (3 lines) in the top left corner of MyActivities.  Under My Profile, slide your mouse over to Settings and click on Automatic Claiming
    • Click Yes and Confirm Auto claim for Author IDs that list your publications.   (Hint, click the author ID next to Researcher ID, Scopus ID or Dimensions Researcher ID and this will let you see the publications affiliated with that ID).  
    • Click No and Confirm Auto reject for Author IDs that are not for you/ your publications.
  • For more detailed instructions see: Claiming and rejecting Author Identifiers:  Guide | Tutorial

Once you have completed Steps 1 and 2, you are done Day 2

If you know that you have additional author IDs in Web of Science, Scopus, or Dimensions, you can also add these author IDs to your profile if they did not automatically appear.   

  • Finding and manually adding Author Identifiers: Guide

Still need help?   email



Optional: Review Impact of Publications

For articles where the publication data has come in from Web of Science, Scopus, or Dimensions, the number of citations each article has received from other articles in those databases will be provided in MyActivities.   This primarily appears for journal articles, but may also appear for conference proceeds or other publication outputs that have indexed in any of the above databases.  In addition, for articles that have publication data from Dimensions, altmetrics information will also be displayed when available.   

How do I see my article's citations, h-index, and altmetric data?   

  • To see article citations and almetric data, click on either "Scholarly & creative works" (to see all pubs) or click on journal articles, listed under Claimed.  

  • The default number of publications displayed is 10.  Click on "10" next to view: to increase the number of publications displayed on one page.
  • The default information displayed is summary.   Change this to "metrics" next to Summary.  

  • You will see Almetric and citation counts for each of Dimensions, Scopus, and Web of Science, if a record came into the MyActivities from each of those databases.   You can click on the Altmetic and Dimensions icon for more details.   Scopus and WoS only provide counts.

  • To see h-indices (h-index) from Dimensions, Scopus, and Web of Science, please view your MyActivities home page.   They will appear under H-Index.

Please note:

  • If you just set up your automatic claiming, it can be a few days before all of the publication data comes in.   
  • It is not possible to bring in Google Scholar data because there is no API.   GS has deliberately been set up to prevent capturing this data in other tools en masse.   

For more information on impact metrics (citation counts, almetrics, and h-index), see Measuring Your Impact