Since the digital age, access to published literature and research has continued to evolve. This means we have a sea of abundant information and people are relying more heavily on metrics to help signal trends and impact. Making data available in ways that are most useful to the research community continues to be a key priority for the Dimensions team. In tandem with that mission, we also wanted to provide simple methods to unlock that data and effectively assess the research landscape.

In an effort to provide more context behind the rich and interconnected data and invite further exploration, we created the Dimensions Badge. The badges provide a real-time and easy-to-digest snapshot of a publication’s citation history. Citations from Digital Science’s own citation index are showcased in addition to three other citation metrics. Additionally, the badge reveals where the citations have come from, how the citations are mapped over time, and what research categories are citing a piece of content.

Every publication in the Dimensions database is accompanied by its own unique badge. The first thing you see on the colorful badge is the citation count, but a single click reveals a more comprehensive detail page with even more useful information, including new citation performance metrics such as the Field Citation Ratio (FCR)Relative Citation Ratio (RCR), and a visualization that is helpful for giving users a sense of whether the number of citations received by the publication is high, low, or average when compared to other publications in the same field.

More than 250 publishers and platforms have already added Dimensions Badges to their website, providing immediate insight into the impact an article has had through citation data and altmetrics. Some noteworthy partners that have integrated the Dimensions badges are IOP Science, ICE PublishingIngenta ConnectIntechOpen PubFactory,  ARPHA and many more.  

Stuart Tucker, Digital Delivery Lead at IOP, said: “Improving the citations information available to IOPscience readers was our goal. Previously, readers could only see the citation total and a list of places an article was cited. The Dimensions Badges provide far more detail and. Bringing them in was an easy decision.”

The badges enable authors, editors, reviewers of the journal, and visitors to their site to view citation data through a clear, interactive visualization. The Citing Research Categories tab provides users with a visualization that illustrates how many times the publication has been cited in various research areas, as indicated by Fields of Research (FoR) codes. This represents a new way to visualize the publication’s influence on research, within and across disciplines.

We make it easy for publishers to embed Dimensions Badges into their site using a simple line of code. The Badges are free to use if a publisher has an indexing agreement in place with Digital Science. You can also customize the appearance of the badge to fit your content landing page. We invite publishers to reach out to your Digital Science account representative about indexing questions or click here for more information.