This guide introduces resources that describe, utilize, and support the current research landscape.
Considerations of the roles of author, content, sources, impact, reputation, rankings, and benchmarking are increasingly important in analyzing contributions to the research life cycle.
Information here is organized by the different methods of impact that the research landscape is defined by:
Tools are promoted that can be used to engage in research metrics. Since the landscape is constantly changing, Emerging Metrics are also explored.
Some recommended methods of research impact and citation metrics are detailed in the pages of this guide:
Limitations of citation metrics:
Among other things, awareness of your scholarly impact can help you:
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This guide is designed to help faculty members, graduate students and librarians use and understand the citation analysis tools available to us. At UC San Diego there is access to some of the major resources used for citation metrics. For example, to obtain an Impact Factor (IF) you could consult the following tools -- Web of Science, Journal Citation Reports and Google Scholar. Descriptions of and guides to these tools can be accessed using the above drop-down menu, organized according to need.
Tools and methods of citation analysis are used to determine:
Because of the limitations of each method, it is important to use multiple methods, sources, and tools to get a fuller and more complete analysis. Increasingly, the research community is studying how to assess the value of cooperation and collaboration among colleagues, scholars and scientists, with barriers being reduced and geography more global. New metrics and values will likely emerge through different sources, to complement and extend already existing methods and products.
Scholars and researchers, academic departments, and universities increasingly are asked to explain the impact of their research to external funders and to measure themselves against their peers. Tracking citations and attempting to measure research impact isn’t new, but in recent years the number of available tools has grown significantly. In this workshop, you will learn about these available metrics tools, both “traditional” (like Web of Science) and “alternative” (like Altmetric), how to incorporate these into the telling the story of your research impact, and learn some of the ways you can increase your visibility as a scholar. We’ll cover impact metrics for a variety of research and scholarly works, from journal articles and books to datasets.
Please contact us to schedule a special session for you or your department.
Related LibGuide: Measuring your Research Impact
20180503_METRICS_WORKSHOP_TV_attendees_copy by Teri Vogel