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:
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This free software uses Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Search to find citations for an individual and then analyzes them with the following metrics.