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Measuring Research Impact: Welcome

Information, hints and tips on the tools you can use to measure your research impact.

What are Bibliometrics?

  • The statistical analysis of books, articles, or other publications. (OED)
  • In other words…data about publications, or citation frequency.
  • Scientometrics is the branch of information science concerned with the application of bibliometrics to the study of the spread of scientific ideas; the bibliometric analysis of science. (OED)

Why measure research impact?

Quantitative methods such as citation counts, journal impact factors and researcher specific metrics such as the h-index provide one means of measuring research impact.

These research metrics can be used:

  • to support applications for grant funding
  • to support applications for promotion
  • by a researcher to maintain their own research profile

Data that is used for measuring research impact includes:

Researcher metrics

  • Number of times a researcher is cited
  • Number of publications

Article Metrics

  • Number of times an article is cited
  • Altmetrics (e.g. page views, downloads and blog post about an article)

Journal metrics

  • Number of articles published in a journal each year
  • Number of journals in a subject area
  • Half-life of journals
  • Cited half-life of journals

Issues to consider

Citation counts can be affected in a number of other ways:

  • No single source is comprehensive. 
  • Publication dates may affect your results. 
  • Frequency of a journal may affect results.
  • Highly cited articles don't always mean excellent research, esteem must also be taken in to account
  • Research measures across disciplines may differ

Your Information Services Team

Information Specialists can assist researchers to save time and work more efficiently. They can advise you in making the most of the Aston University Library's extensive resources and services by:

  • developing successful search strategies to locate the information you require
  • discovering the essential databases that you should be using for your research
  • staying current and managing information overload by utilising current awareness services
  • maximising the impact of your research by publishing strategically
  • measuring your research impact
  • effectively navigating the Library’s extensive electronic and print collections
  • creating and using bibliographies with EndNote

Academic staff and research students can request an individual research consultation via the Library Help desk, by phone or email.

Contact your Information Specialist