In the world of research, it’s impossible to avoid the multitude of scholarly metrics that are out there. Not sure you’re taking note of the right metric, or even understand what it means? Confused about how metrics apply across different subject areas; across journals and articles; and how they can be used by researchers, journal editors, or librarians? Use our variety of resources to master those metrics.
Guidance and support
For researchers: Metrics can help you to choose which journal to submit your work to, and assess the ongoing impact of an individual piece of research (including your own).
- Understanding the Impact Factor
- Measuring impact with article metrics
- VIEWPOINT: Can you publish and still perish? A question of impact - Dr John Harrison, Associate Editor of Regional Studies
For journal editors: Metrics can help you assess your journal’s standing in the community, raise your journal’s profile, and potentially attract quality submissions.
- Journal metrics: essentials for editors
- Journal citation metrics: an introduction
- Author metrics and the h-index
For librarians: Metrics can help you to select journals for your institution, and analyze their usage and impact. They can also help you assess the impact of research published by those in your institution.
- Explore our metrics infographic for an easy guide to scholarly metrics for librarians.
Article metrics: what do they mean, and why are they important to researchers?
Researchers, funders, and institutions are increasingly interested in the impact of their work. Article metrics help authors to assess this by enabling you to gain a better understanding of the reach of your published research and the attention it is receiving.
free access An introduction to the use of altmetrics for librarians...
- Australian Academic & Research Libraries (2015)
- Cameron Barnes
free access Co-authored by the father of the impact factor. Does it reflect the citedness of the majority of papers?
- COLLNET Journal of Scientometrics and Information Management (2015)
- Eugene Garfield & Alexander Pudovkin
free access Limitations of impact factors have led to the development of alternative impact measures...
- COLLNET Journal of Scientometrics and Information Management (2014)
- Md. Fakruddin
free access An analysis of economics journals using quantifiable Research Assessment Measures...
- Econometric Reviews (2016)
- Chia-Lin Chang , Esfandiar Maasoumi & Michael McAleer
free access Addressing the limitations of the h-index and proposing a new measure of impact...
- Redox Report (2012)
- Olen R. Brown
free access A hybrid list of rankings may be more useful for researchers...
Correlation Between Perception-Based Journal Rankings and the Journal Impact Factor (JIF): A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
- Serials Review (2017)
- Khalid Mahmood
free access A discussion of the implications for choice of research topics, practices, and more...
- Social Epistemology (2016)
- Tommaso Castellani, Emanuele Pontecorvo & Adriana Valente
free access There is no perfect metric; scholars should not place too much importance on any one...
- The Serials Librarian (2014)
- Meredith Brown