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Metrics and researchers


Research metrics are quantitative measures designed to analyse publications and other research outputs to evaluate their impact.

There are several reasons why researchers may measure the impact of their research outputs, including:

  • Applying for jobs or for academic promotion
  • Compiling online researcher profiles
  • Demonstrating the track record of research
  • Applying for fellowship applications
  • Applying for awards
  • Compiling grant applications
  • Identifying who is using and citing your research
  • Identifying potential collaborators.

Research metrics can be used to measure different types of impact:

  • What are the top journals in your field?
  • Where should you aim to publish?
  • How many times has your research been cited?
  • Has your research attracted more citations than expected within your discipline?
  • Who is citing your research? Which institutions and from which countries?
  • From which subject areas are most of your citations coming?
  • Are any research fields apart from your own unexpectedly interested in your research?
  • Who do you publish with most? And who do they publish with most?
  • How international is the scope of your collaboration?
  • Are you overlooking any potential collaboration opportunities?

Source: Elsevier. (2019). Scopus: Research metrics and indicators.

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