Measuring Research Impact: Getting Started


Table of Contents

Finding  Grants and Writing Proposals

Journal Impact

            Journal Citation Report

            Eigenfactor & Article Influence

            Other Measures of journal impact

Individual Work Impact (books, book chapters, conference proceedings, etc.)

           Article citation index

           Book citation index

           Conference proceedings citation index

           Data citation index

Author Impact

           Citation counts



Institutional/Group Impact

            InCites Benchmarking & Analytics

Other impacts - Altmetrics

Disciplinary advocacy and Debates

Where to Publish & Staying Current

           Cabell's Whitelist and Blacklist

           Predatory publishers and journals

Finding Grants and Writing Proposals



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This guide provides resources to help you measure the impact of your research. You'll find information about determining how often your work has been cited, downloaded, saved, and mentioned, how to keep up to date with who is citing your work, and staying abreast of new developments in research impact.


Roemer, Robin Chin, and Rachel Borchardt. 2015. Meaningful metrics: a 21st century librarian's guide to bibliometrics, altmetrics, and research impact.Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

Getting Started

Web of Science integrates ResearchID and ORCID to identify individual researchers.Google Scholar Citations users also need to create author profiles to track citations. To sign up these accounts will help you to use the citation metrics effectively.

What is Research Impact?

  • Research impact refers to the contribution of research through its process, findings, products or outputs, and outcomes making a difference (Levin, B. 2004) (Amo, C 2007).
  • The demonstrable contribution that excellent research makes to society and the economy. . . Research impact embraces all the diverse ways that research-related skills benefit individuals, organizations and nations. Research Councils UK (RCUK)

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