Selecting which journal(s) to send your manuscript to is an important step in the academic publishing process. Here are the main criteria to consider:
Google Scholar provides basic citation data, and allows you to see who is citing your publications and graph citations over time.
Altmetrics (alternative metrics) uses the Web to generate new measures of scholarly impact. They include factors like:
Altmetrics are fast, diverse, and open metrics. They are generated and gathered immediately, from a wide variety of sources, and are gathered from open-source web services, meaning the algorithms and scores can be verified by others.
It may be beneficial to cite certain metrics while applying for grants or promotions, to demonstrate your article's longevity or impact, or your multidisciplinary appeal. Below are some examples of how to find and use this information.
Other metrics include:
Analyzing your research areas in Web of Science and Scopus will tell you your main research areas and if your research spans into other research areas, indicating if your research is multidisciplinary.
"My work is multidisciplinary, spanning biochemistry, biophysics and oncology - 34% of my articles are in the subject area of biochemistry, 29% in biophysics and 16% in oncology (source: Web of Science subject categories, 1/8/2016)"
Publication metrics vary over time and between disciplines, therefore:
Your article's impact is demonstrated by:
"For the year 2014, I have the 1st and 3rd highest-cited papers in the topic of "knee pain" published with an Australian institution in the address (source: Web of Science topic search = "knee pain", 2014, 1/8/2016)"