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Understanding Metrics

Why care about Metrics?

Publication metrics are a way to quantify the impact of your research; thus researchers may wish to include metrics in their CVs, promotion materials, and grant applications. Metrics can also be used to evaluate and compare journals for potential publication. When you see who is citing your work, you might find potential collaborators or obtain new ideas through their work. This guide is intended to introduce readers to the most commonly referenced metrics at the author, journal, and article levels. Important: Metrics should not be the only tool used to make comparisons or claims; take care to compare like with like (i.e. one discipline with the same discipline) and consider metrics just one part of a holistic assessment of research.

Content from this guide was compiled from various university libguides: USC, OU, OSU, Duke, John Hopkins, Cornell, and the University of Texas. The end product is under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. It has been adapted and added to by Dell Medical School Library. 

Author Metrics

Article Metrics

Journal Metrics

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