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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

Journal Metrics

Journal metrics assess the impact of a given academic journal by looking at the number of citations its published articles receive. 

 

 If you publish in highly cited journals, it is more likely that your research will have a significant impact.

 

Examples of Journal Metrics

Total Cites: Yearly citations to articles in a given publication

Impact Factor: The number of citations received by the average article in a given publication over the past two years. 

5-Year Impact Factor: The number of citations received by the average article in a given publication over the past five years.

Eigenfactor: Weighted calculation that considers the number of citations a given publication receives as well as the source of those citations. Citations from higher impact journals are weighted more heavily.