Scholarly Metrics

All about metrics: definitions, how-to, and tools.

Measuring Scholarly Output

There are many ways to count, measure, rank, and compare journals, articles, authors, labs, and institutions, based on their scholarly output. This guide doesn't include detail on all the different metrics, but will get you started.

Metrics Toolkit

The Metrics Toolkit was created by information professionals to provide information about the most popular research metrics in one place. Information includes

  • definition
  • how the metric is calculated
  • sources for the metric
  • how the metric is used
  • cautions about potential misuse
  • links to further information

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Caveat emptor

Using numbers to evaluate research and researchers is a tricky business. Work is being done to be sure these metrics are used responsibly.