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Impact Factors and Citation Analysis: Introduction

A guide to bibliometrics, journal impact factors, h-index, altmetrics, etc.
Measuring Scholarly Impact

Article/book impact: The value of particular works, such as journal articles, conference proceedings, and books, can be measured by the number times they are cited by other works and alternative metrics such as tweets, blog posts, likes, bookmarks, etc. 

 

Journal impact: The importance of particular academic journals can be measured by the number of times their articles are cited and where they are cited. 

 

Researcher impact: The success of particular researchers can be measured by the number of works they publish and the number of times their works are cited. 

 

Institutional impact: The prestige of a department or area of research within an institution can be measured by the collective impact of its individual researchers compared to those at other institutions. 

Alternatives & Controversies

Impact factors remain an important means of measuring research influence and dissemination, but they have recently have become controversial in their role in tenure decisions, e.g. DORA (Declaration of Research Assessement, sponsored by the Association of Cell Biology), which makes "recommendations for improving the way in which the quality of research output is evaluated" with less emphasis (or even no reliance upon) on journal metrics.  The Declaration has had its critics as well--see Kent Anderson's post at the Scholarly Kitchen.

Let Us Help You Measure Your Impact

Individual Consultation

Interested in who is citing your work? Wondering what your h-index is?

We can show you how to track citations to your work, how to measure your personal research impact, and how to set up unique researcher IDs.  

Individual or Departmental Reports

Preparing your tenure or promotion packet? Needing to assess your department's research performance?

We can run publication and citation reports for individual researchers or entire departments. Possible measures include: number of publications, number of citations, h-index, and ranked lists of publications or faculty members. Research impact of particular subject areas at Emory can also be compared with other institutions. 

Please note that running thorough and careful reports is a time-intensive process. For departmental reports, 2-4 weeks may be required for production of the initial report, review by the requesting department, and completion of the final report. 

See below for sample reports. 

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