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Making an Impact: Tracking Your Research Metrics

Learn strategies for assessing the impact of your research with this step-by-step guide to research metrics

Citation-Based Metrics

Citation-based research metrics look at the number of times your publications have been cited by other researchers within a given article database.  


If your research is cited frequently in other academic literature, it is an indication that your research is making a significant impact.


Examples of Citation-Based Metrics

Citation Count: The aggregate number of academic citations a given publication or group of publications has received. 

Citation Impact: The average number of citations a given author receives per publication.

h-Index: Considers citation impact alongside productivity to determine a researcher's consistency of impact.

i10 Index: The number of publications (in a given group of publications) that have been cited at least 10 times.