Why should you measure research impact?
Research impact is often measured using metrics such as citation counts, h-index, FWCI, or Journal Impact Factor
- Measuring the value or impact of research is increasingly important particularly if the research has been funded with public money.
- Research institutions are able to identify the research strengths as well as the areas for improvement through quantitative analysis of research.
- When competing for funding and career opportunities, researchers may need to produce evidence of their research impact.
How this guide can help you?
This guide brings together resources commonly used to measure research impact through the use of traditional citation-based metrics (Bibliometrics) and alternative attention-based metrics (Altmetrics).
In general, there are three ways of measuring impact at different levels:
- Article-level metrics
- Author-level metrics
- Journal-level metrics
The resources covered here will focus on all three levels of citation analysis, providing a quantifiable measure of academic output and research impact. The quantitative results obtained can help you in making informed decisions on the following:
- Prepare your dossier for promotion and tenure appointments, performance appraisal and grant applications.
- Find out if your research has been further developed through identifying researchers who have cited your works.
- Identify potential collaborators
- Publish your next research in high impact sources for increased research visibility.
Always remember, citation-based research impact metrics only looks at one aspect of a researchers' overall research impact - researchers should also consider other other qualitative aspects of their research impact.