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Research the impact of a journal, article, individual, or group using a variety of metrics.

What is impact?

Most often people correlate scholarly impact with impact factor; however, this is only one measure which refers to a journal's impact as defined by one source. There are many ways to show impact - article citations, h-index, journal prestige, article downloads, social media presence, news mentions, and more. DORA and Leiden Manifesto are two initiatives trying to make this point and get promotion and tenure committees to rethink what they want to see in the quality markers of articles and scholars.This guide will introduce you to these varied options.

Measuring Scholarly Impact

This guide will help you determine the impact of a scholarly work, journal, or researcher. Be aware that results may be tricky to locate and ultimately subjective.

Bibliometrics: The overall name for the use of statistical methods in the analysis of a body of literature to reveal the historical development of subject fields and patterns of authorship, publication, and use. See bibliometric approaches below.

Citation Anaysis (Article Impact): Can help you determine how often something has been cited and who has cited whom.

Journal Rankings (Journal Impact): Can reveal a journal's influence by looking at how often a journal's articles have been cited.

h-Index (Researcher Impact): Determines the success of a particular researcher by measuring the number of works they publish and the number of times their works are cited. 

Altmetrics or “alternative metrics”: Includes information such as number of downloads and page views from a publisher, views in repositories or online reference managers, or the amount of discussion generated in venues such as social media or blogs.

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