Why should I care about research metrics?
Research metrics can give you an indication of whether your research is reaching people and having an impact. This type of information can be particularly useful when compiling tenure and promotion packets, biosketches for grant applications, etc.
Article-level metrics let you know whether a particular article is being seen and/or cited.
E.g., citation count, relative citation ratio (RCR)
Researcher-level metrics inform you about the impact of your body of work.
Journal-level metrics can be used when choosing a journal in which to publish to maximize the exposure of future articles.
E.g., journal impact factor
Articles about research metrics
Articles and resources
- Ten principles to guide research evaluation
- Twenty recommendations to guide UK research
- International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) Research Evaluation Working Group
In 2019, the UF Health Science Center Libraries launched a six-week series of emails designed to help researchers improve their impact. Each week, those who signed up to receive the emails received an email that provided one tip regarding managing research impact, along with step-by-step instructions to perform a simple, related task. Pdfs of the emails are shared below.
In these 20-30 minute workshops Dr. Selfe gives a brief presentation about a research impact metric or tool and provides step-by-step instructions which attendees can actively follow to accomplish a related task by the end of the workshop. Workshops in this ongoing series are scheduled for the first Friday of each month. UF affiliated individuals can register for upcoming workshops at https://ufl.libcal.com/calendar/HSCLWorkshops/
Slide decks from recent workshops are shared below..