In an effort to understand the value of the outputs we produce, we look for ways to measure. Metrics help us do that. They help us understand how our work is advancing our field, how we are collaborating with others, and how it is being used in larger settings.
Best Practices for Metrics or Indicators:
The Metrics and Impact Core here at the Galter Health Sciences Library and Learning Center is committed to using metrics responsibly. This group strives to keep abreast of changes in the metrics landscape and can assist in identifying metrics that can help you tell your research story.
The idea of using metrics responsibly has been discussed widely across academic circles and there are three well-known, bold statements on the topic.
On the following pages, you will find information for each indicator, including definition, location, caveats, and demonstration of use. We have included indicators in the category that we believe to be its intended use; however we have provided information on alternative methods of use that we have seen out in the world.