Measure your impact

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The world of digital identity and scholarship is a moving target. Use our resources or get in touch with your librarian to explore ways to measure and maximize the impact of your research.

Bibliometrics are a way to measure of impact and popularity of authors, articles, and publications. Such measures include citation analysis, journal impact factors, and altmetrics. Some caveats:

  • seminal research is often taken for granted and not cited
  • negative citations - those critical of a work - are counted as valid citations
  • bibliometric tools only gather data from the journals they index
  • the system can be manipulated by means such as
    • self-citation
    • multiple authorship
    • splitting outputs into many articles and publishing in journals favoring highly-cited review articles
    • "buying" Tweets, likes, and mentions

Nevertheless, metrics are often a big part of what is considered for promotion, tenure and grant funding. Metrics are only one of the quantitative indicators that may be used to determine research impact. Others may include: 

  • publication counts
  • amount of research income
  • number of PhD students
  • size of research group
  • number of PI projects
  • number of patents and licenses obtained