User Spotlight: Tim Ritchie is using stats in his promotion application

by Helen Sparrow

We receive a lot of positive feedback on our Stats Dashboard, as well great suggestions for improving it. Currently, we show users how many visitors have viewed their profile page and their papers, and from which country the visits originate.

It also displays the referring sites (where the visitor came from), which in the case of Google/Bing search results includes the search term as well as the position of the page in the results.

imageI’ll now introduce the next user in our user spotlight series: Tim Ritchie, a Lecturer in the Department of  Psychology at the University of Limerick. Tim has compiled the data from his dashboard. He is up for promotion later this year and needed to show evidence of the global impact of his research to the committee.

In his portfolio he included screen shots of his profile and summarized his stats for searches, articles found/viewed. Tim believes that these stats are a great alternative metric to standard citation counts as they reflect real-time indicators of his readership: what they are searching for and where from. 

“The more evidence that I demonstrate of impact, the more likely it is that the promotion committee will realize the different ways in which impact can be shown. stats proves to some of our committee members that what they help fund—the work we produce from such funding—actually gets looked for, read, printed, etc

Tim continues that one can ”glean from stats new ways of conceptualizing research impact”. 

Tim really likes that we show the location of the visitors to his page and papers. In his application he included a screen shot of the variety of country flags which show up on his stats dashboard. He also emphasized that he was raising the profile of his 6 year old department, worldwide.

“International researchers appreciate knowing the country and flag indicator of other people who find their papers. The flag icon per country, for me, accentuates an international community among academia. … Knowing that people from outside of my own international collaborators actually read our work intrigues and inspires me.”

We’re really happy that Tim has found a way to use the stats for his career and we wish him the best of luck with his promotion!

More and more users are letting us know how they are using the stats as evidence of their impact; for promotions, funding and new jobs. It is very exciting that academics are looking for new ways to demonstrate their impact and that we’re becoming a part of that.

If you have used stats to further your career, send me an email at!


by Helen Sparrow, Community Manager

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