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Bibliometrics & Responsible Research Evaluation: Introduction

Learn how to track citations to your research and the limitations of using bibliometric indicators

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I would like to thank Robin Kear (Univ. of Pittsburgh), Katherine Akers (Emory Univ., Atlanta GA), Lucy Lions (Northwestern Univ., Evanston IL) and Andrew Spencer (Macquarie Univ., Sydney) for their permission to use some content from their guides.

What is Bibliometrics?

Bibliometrics is the quantitative analysis of publications. It can be used alongside qualitative, expert assessment to provide evidence of academic impact.

This guide provides information about the most common tools that individual researchers or research administrators can use to measure their own, or their institution's, citation impact.

It is important that research metrics are used responsibly, in a fair, transparent and robust way. For further guidance on the appropriate use of metrics, see the Statement on the Responsible Use of Research Metrics in UCD.

What impact can be measured with bibliometric data?

Article/Book Citation Impact: The academic impact of particular works, such as journal articles, conference proceedings, and books, can be measured by the number of times they are cited by other works

Journal Citation impact: The impact of particular academic journals can be measured by the number of times their articles are cited and where they are cited.

Researcher Citation impact: The number of works a researcher has published and the number of times these works have been cited can be an indicator of the academic impact of an individual researcher

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