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Research Impact & Support

Tools & resources to track research impact

Impact data is used to evaluate the relative importance of a journal, an individual publication, or researcher to a field of study. Tools used to measure  impact, include journal impact factors, citations to publications, and the h-index of researchers.

Limitations in the use of bibliographic metrics to measure researcher impact

  • The number of times a paper is cited is not necessarily a measure of quality
  • Measurement tools may favor specific types of scholarly communication and / or do not include different types of publications, including textbooks, reference books, etc.
  • Certain disciplines have low numbers of journals and/or low journal usage
  • Review articles are cited more often and change results
  • Self-citing skews results​
  • Working in a small field, publishing in a language other than English, or publishing mainly in books, generates fewer citations 

Learn more about evaluating your research impact