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Information, tools, and suggestions for documenting the significance of scholarly credentials and accomplishments.

Why is Research Impact Important?

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It is important that researchers know their impact as it can help:

  • support applications for tenure or promotion
  • justify requests for grants and other funding
  • quantify and determine how their research is being used
  • identify other researchers or institutions that are using their work
  • identify other researchers, and potential collaborators, in their field

Understand Impact Measures & Metrics

Understand Impact Measures & Metrics

articles vectorCitation Analysis, also called citation tracking or cited reference searching, involves identifying articles, books, or other materials that have cited a specific work. Citation analysis allows researchers to see who is citing their work, and is also often used to measure researcher and article impact.   


academic building atop publication vectorJournal Impact is most commonly assessed using impact factor. A measure of the frequency with which the "average article" in a journal has been cited in a particular year, the impact factor helps researchers evaluate a journal's relative importance, especially when compared to others in the same field. Keep in mind that not all journals are ranked.


academic building atop publication vectorBook Impact can include reviews of a book, both scholarly and popular, publisher influence, sales figures (when available), and numbers of libraries that own the title. In some cases, the number of owning libraries is not enough evaluative information but, instead, which specific libraries own the title as well.


scholar profile vectorResearcher Impact is a measure of author productivity and impact over time.


press vectorSocial/Cultural Impact is relevant for scholars who may not necessarily have their creative works cited in scholarly literature. Metrics can include information on live performances, readings, reviews, recordings, screenings, exhibitions, grants awarded, and prizes won -- all indicators of a scholar's impact and influence.

chat bubbles vectorAltmetrics are measures of research impact that supplement citations. They measure the wider, societal impacts of scholarly works by tracking how they are discussed, shared, saved, read, and reused by scholars and the public. 


bar graph vectorIf you want to learn how to increase the impact and distribution of your work, see the Enhance Your Impact tab.

Upcoming Workshops

Highlighting, Measuring, and Managing Your Research

Are you a graduate student or faculty member? Do you want to understand the current scholarly landscape for measuring, highlighting, and sharing your research? The Temple University Libraries will be offering a series of four workshops in the Digital Scholarship Center on highlighting, measuring, and managing your research. Bring your laptop or borrow one in the DSC.

Workshop 1: Managing Your Research Wednesday, March 29, 11-12, DSC    Register here

• Attendees will gain an understanding of the features of these reference management and sharing tools and their areas of overlap with academic social networks. They will understand some key functional and disciplinary considerations when selecting the proper tool.

Workshop 2: Developing Your Scholarly Profile Wednesday, April 5, 11-12, DSC    Register here

• The professional and ethical uses of academic social networks such as ResearchGate and Academia as well as preferences of scholars in different disciplines will be explored. We will talk about ORCiD and other researcher IDs and how they can be used to enhance your online profile.

Workshop 3: Amplifying Your Research Impact Wednesday, April 12, 11-12, DSC    Register here

• Attendees will learn how to effectively promote and share their research online. We will discuss best practices for using social media, explain how to deposit research outputs in disciplinary repositories, and explore tools and platforms that can help authors expand their readership.

Workshop 4: Measuring Research Impact Wednesday, April 19, 11-12, DSC    Register here

• Attendees will gain strategies for identifying and measuring their research impact using available online tools. Important buzzwords like citation metrics, impact factors, and the h-index will be explained and applied in a variety of disciplinary contexts.

Tips for Specific Academic Disciplines

Research impact is evaluated in different ways, depending on how accomplishments are presented in specific fields. Below are some tips for specific academic disciplines:

Need Help?

Interested in knowing who has cited your work? Curious what your h-index is?

Contact a subject librarian to show you how to track citations to your work, how to measure your research impact, and how to setup your scholarly profile. 

Metric Definitions

Desire a better understanding of the various metrics what they emphasize? Take a look at the Metric Glossary for some definitions.