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Metrics & Impact Core

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Categories of Indicators

In the Metrics & Impact Core, we use a variety of metrics and indicators to help assess research outputs. Many of these metrics are bibliometrics, or citation-based metrics. These metrics are categorized into three silos:

Author Level Indicators Article or Book Level Indicators Journal Level Indicators
g-index Altmetrics Score CiteScore
h-index Category Normalized Citation Impact Eigenfactor
i10-index Citation Count Immediacy Index
m-quotient Field Citation Ratio (FCR) Journal Impact Factor (JIF)
  Field Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI) SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
  Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)

 

  • Author-level metrics attempt to measure the citation impact of an individual (e.g. h-index)
  • Article-level metrics attempt to measure the citation impact of a single paper or group of papers (e.g. raw number of citations)
  • Journal-level metrics attempt to measure the citation impact of journals (e.g. journal impact factor)

Ways to Discuss Research Impact

There are many ways we can talk about how our research impacts the world and there are several indicators that can assist in that discussion.

If you are looking to make a statement that helps describe your Research Outputs, include one or more of these in your comment:

  • Alternative Outputs
  • Growth of Documents Over Time
  • Number of Documents
  • Role in Document
  • Type of Documents

If your output contributes to Advancement of Knowledge, include one or more of these in your statement:

  • Average or Medial Citations per Document
  • Citation Count
  • Data Citations
  • Description of Citing Documents
  • Downloads or Views
  • Field Weighted Citation Impact (FWCI)
  • Hot or Highly Cited Papers
  • i10-index
  • Number of Documents Cited
  • Relative Citation Ratio (RCR)

If you are looking to make a statement that helps convey a Measure of Prestige, include one or more of these in your output description:

  • First or Last Author Counting
  • h-index
  • Invitations to speak or participate on committees

If you are looking to make a statement that helps convey Research Collaboration, the inclusion of one or more of these in your description can help:

  • Co-Author networks
  • Collaborations between research groups
  • Number of articles co-authored with community partners
  • Number of co-authors
  • Number of cross-disciplinary authors
  • Number of grant co-authors

If your output contributes to Research Communication, include one or more of these in your statement:

  • Average or Median Journal Impact Factor
  • Cite Score
  • Eigenfactor Score
  • Journal Impact Factor (JIF)
  • Media or News Item Mentions

Research Impact can be highlighted in several ways. Check to see if your output can be tied to any of these things:

  • Health Impacts
  • Policy and Legislation Impacts
  • Sustainability of Research