This guide presents tools that are available to measure the quantitative and qualitative impact of research; as well as how to track researcher impact.
Potentially, any database with citations could create bibliometric measures. Each database that offers bibliometric measures primarily uses its own unique data, journals, authority files, indexes, and subject categories.
There is currently no overarching tool across databases.
Second caveat: bibliometric measures should not be used to compare across disciplines. Research and citation behaviour differs in different fields.
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Quantitative methods such as citation counts, journal impact factors and researcher specific metrics, such as the h-index, provide a means of measuring research impact.
These research metrics can be used:
Data that is used for measuring research impact includes: