Skip to main content
Why Would I Want To Quantify Research Output?
There are a lot of reasons why people seek to quantify their own or other's research output:
- Evaluate the impact of your own work for tenure, promotion, hiring.
- Evaluate the impact of other's work for tenure, promotion, hiring.
- Compare researchers within in a given field in a more objective manner.
- Determine what journal to publish in for maximum impact.
- Identify premier journals in a given field of study.
Ways To Evaluate Impact
- Bibliometrics: within the context of scientific/technical literature, this typically refers to measuring impact by counting citations, specifically by counting how many times a particular work has been cited by other works - this will be the main method discussed in the other sections of this guide.
- Altmetrics: this is a newer method for analyzing research - it attempts to take into account quantifiable measures of impact beyond just citations. This includes things like mentions on twitter, mentions in blogs, etc. The idea is to get a fuller picture of impact in an increasingly online research environment.
More Information on Bibliometrics and Altmetrics