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Research Impact: Promoting and Measuring

With this guide, learn why and how to promote your research and gauge its impact.

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Also known as bibliometrics or informetrics, metrics (in this area) is the scientific study or statistical calculation of research output, such as books and articles.

Why Metrics are Important

  • Metrics, like citation count, can help to gauge the influence or impact of a researcher's article, or the body of work by an academic department or center.
  • Metrics like Journal Impact Factor can help to estimate a journal's influence or impact.
  • Metrics and visualizations can be used to identify research strengths and collaborations.
  • Applications for funding, promotion, or research positions may require a certain metric.

Caveats and Limitations

  • Citations counts can be misleading due to self-citations
  • A high citations count can include both positive and negative citations
  • Measures like the citation count and h-index score can vary between database/resources since they include different journals and years of coverage

General Resources for Finding Metrics

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