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Research Impact

This guide includes information and resources on measuring the impact of scholarly works, such as citation-based and alternative metrics.

Measure for Measure

Metrics are important. They measure our influence in our communities; they are used to evaluate the performance of ourselves, our departments, and our peers. Therefore, ensuring that we collect relevant measures and contextualize them appropriately is important.

Citation-based metrics have been the traditional benchmarks for success in academia. The most familiar citation-based metrics include the Journal Impact Factor and the Hirsch Index, although there are many other citation-based measures that can provide insights to the value of published works and assit with academic benchmarking.

Increasingly, though, research impact has become greater than citation-based metrics alone. We are seeing that traditional metrics give incomplete picture of impact, missing newer forms of use such as page views and download counts, mentions and saves. Article-level metrics are stepping up to fill in these gaps, and they are becoming more and more mainstream.

Tutorials on Research Impact

Staying Up-to-Date on Your Research Impact

The folks at ImpactStory have compiled a 2-part primer on services that deliver essential research impact metrics straight to your inbox to help you stay up to date.

Tips & Tricks: promoting your research online (from

Adding Your Impact to Your NIH Biosketch