Research Impact Indicators & Metrics
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Purpose and Benefits
Welcome to the Research Impact Indicators & Metrics guide, a collection of tools, resources and contextual narrative to help you present a picture of how your scholarship is received and used within your field and beyond. Research is often measured in terms of its impact within an academic discipline(s), upon society or upon economies. As with any raw numbers, impact metrics can be misappropriated and misconstrued. Our goal is to help you select the metrics and tools that most accurately and fully represent your work.
Appropriate indicators applied within context have the benefits of:
- Demonstrating what audiences are reading/using your works
- Demonstrating your work's value for promotion and tenure
- Justifying funding requests
Coverage and Scope
The sections of this guide are designed to help you answer questions such as:
- How can I increase the visibility of my research?
- What are the best ways to portray my research impact?
- What are the top journals in my field?
- What is the best database to get my H-index?
- How do I incorporate download counts (& other metrics) into my Tenure & Promotion packet?
- Who are the top authors in my field (and with whom might I collaborate)?
- How are my grant research outputs performing?
The tools and resources included here are available freely and publicly or through a Libraries subscription. You may be familiar with or have heard of others, but if you have to pay to use them, we are not talking about them in this guide.
For news, resources and tools, see Open Scholarship & Scholarly Publishing blog posts on impact indicators.
Finally, the focus here is to help individual scholars. Tools and methods for evaluating a department, group or institutional ranking may be related, but they are beyond the scope of this guide.
This guide has been developed by a team of librarians:
- Christine Turner, Scholarly Communications Librarian
- Melanie Radik, Science and Engineering Librarian
- Rebecca Reznik-Zellen, Head, Science and Engineering Librarian, and
- Sarah Fitzgerald, Assessment and Planning Librarian
We welcome your suggestions to improve this guide. Please contact any one of us.
- Last Updated: Jan 12, 2023 8:52 AM
- URL: https://guides.library.umass.edu/Research_Impact
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