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Metrics & Impact Core

Learn about the mission and services of the MIC

Metrics & Impact Core

Our mission is to help you communicate the impact of your work in a variety of ways, and tell your science story to your peers, funders, policy makers, and the public. 

The Metrics and Impact Core (MIC), housed in Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, has expertise in bibliometrics, data visualization, and alternative metrics. The core provides extensive advisory services for researchers, groups, and departments on topics such as:

  • developing successful publishing strategies
  • managing or tracking publications
  • maintaining an impactful online identity
  • measuring or assessing research impact by discipline
  • communicating research impact to audiences

The MIC uses a wide collection of resources, including Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar, NU Scholars, Journal Citation Reports, and more, to provide services and reports for:

  • Researchers and clinicians to demonstrate impact of published works to promotion and tenure committees, or the impact of research studies to funding agencies when applying for funding.
  • Research groups, centers, institutes, and departments to discover how research findings are being used to promote science, or an overall view of research publications and outputs by a specific group.

Methods & Services

The Metrics & Impact Core can assist you with a variety of projects, including:

  • Advanced Bibliometric Analysis - Provides an understanding of productivity and emerging indicators of impact. Ongoing analyses in MIC include tracking “hot” and “highly cited” papers for discipline-specific percentile ranking and assessment of productivity, recognition/influence, efficiency, relative impact and benchmarking.
  • Alternative Metrics (or Altmetrics) - Enables characterization of dissemination and public engagement. This data supplements conventional bibliometrics and allows real-time social engagement data to be collected and monitored in a meaningful way for a broad array of research products.
  • Social Network Analysis (SNA) and data visualizations - Facilitate an understanding of relationships between people, organizations, concepts, or services. SNA provides snapshots of programs, collaborations, resources, and services which can be used to describe, predict, and measure the effect of interventions. 
  • Group Publication Summaries - these extensive reports demonstrate the productivity, collaboration, citation benchmarking, and dissemination of a group of researchers. You can request specific portions of the report or request the entire 30+ page report.
  • Biosketch Enhancement - we will add impact statements to your NIH Biosketch when appropriate. These statements include bibliometrics and alternative metrics that demonstrate the influence and reach of your work.