This guide will help you find evidence of the quality, value, or impact of your scholarly work and creativity. It is also a tool to help you understand the quality and impact of your colleagues' work even if you are unfamiliar with publication practices or creative activities in their discipline. The guide is not exhaustive, and you may use other methods to demonstrate the value of your research/creativity as appropriate. Please let us know if you use methods that we should add to this guide.
Not all metrics and methods described in this guide are appropriate to every discipline or type of creative activity. Select those that are most relevant for your publications and activities.
We encourage you to ask your subject librarian for help with gathering evidence of your scholarship and creative activity.
The Becker Model gives a framework for tracking the diffusion of research outputs and allows users to determine different types of impact. Note that this was developed specifically for biomedical research so it may take some alterations to fit other fields.
Specific categories of benefits:
Assessing the Impact of Research is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.
This free software retrieves and analyzes citations from Google Scholar, PubMed, Microsoft Academic, and several other sources. It provides these metrics, among others:
You can export citations to EndNote, BibTeX, CSV, and several other formats.
See details or download the software for Windows, Mac OS X, or GNU/Linux here.
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