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Measuring Research Impact

When researchers publish the results of their research (typically in the form of a journal article or a book) they are hopeful other scholars will find their work useful and informative, and it will be used as a foundation for subsequent research. Every researcher wants to be read and, hopefully, cited by others in their work.

There are a number of commonly accepted measures used to demonstrate research impact, and a researcher can use one or a combination of them to demonstrate the impact of his or her work. Learn more about the strengths, and weaknesses, of these measures by clicking below.

Journal Impact Measures - Including journal impact factor, Eigenfactor score, and other metrics

​Individual Work Impact Measures​ - Including the number of times a work has been cited and book reviews

Individual Author Impact Measures   -  Including citation counts, the h-index, and the Google Scholar i10-index

​​Institutional Impact Measures​  -  Using the InCites tool

Altmetrics  -  Means of measuring impact beyond the traditional citation counts and impact factors