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Publishing & Scholarly Impact: Measuring and Improving Impact

Measure Your Impact

Measuring the impact of research is about evaluating what effect the knowledge produced has on relevant stakeholders. You can use the tools below to measure your scholarly impact by finding your H-index, performing citation analysis, and collecting altmetrics. The most appropriate measure normally depends on how the research is circulated, the type of research done, the target audience, and the career stage of the researcher. Different disciplines have different ways to assess impact.

Improve Your Impact

The following platforms or programs will allow you to create author profiles and to disseminate, share and discuss your research and work with a broad audience, an important step in ensuring that your work can be discovered and cited.

What is h-index?

H-index is a way of calculating a scientist's scholarly impact based on the number of papers they have published and the number of times they have been cited. The h-index will vary depending on what database you use to calculate the h-index. (for example, Google Scholar or ISI Web of Science).

What is citation analysis?

Citation analysis is the process of counting the number of times an article has been cited in others' work. It can be difficult to obtain a true number since no single citation tool collects all publications and their cited references. For a more complete picture, use multiple citation analysis tools.

What are altmetrics?

Altmetrics (alternative metrics) are new quantitative measurements that are being used to track the quantity and quality of attention that scholarly articles and datasets receive in the digital environment. They focus on measuring scholarly interactions via tweets, blogs, social bookmarking, etc. as well as numbers of downloads.