Category: Article Level
Definition: A metric that represents a citation-based measure that is calculated as the cites/year of each paper, normalized to the citations per year received by NIH-funded papers in the same field and year.
Use Case: The RCR helps to understand the relative scholarly influence that a scientific article has had, as compared to other NIH-funded research.
Field Normalized? Yes
Sample Statement: This 2020 editorial by Dr. Fauci has a relative citation ratio of 20.74, indicating it has been cited 20x more than expected when compared to other NIH funded work (iCite).
What that means: The actual number of citations that Dr. Fauci’s editorial received is significantly higher than the average expected for a document published by NIH researchers at the same time.