Scholarly Metrics

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.

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Declaration On Research Assessment

The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) describes best practices for assessing research and applies to all disciplines. Organizations and individuals can sign the declaration. As of June 25, 2013, 30 individuals associates with JHU had signed. Their recommendations include:

  • Don't use journal metrics to assess individual articles.
  • Consider other types of research outputs besides the peer-reviewed journal article in hiring and promotion decisions.
  • Place more emphasis on the research content than on the publishing journal.

Caveat emptor

In this guide we give you tools that let you:

  • count articles that cite your articles,
  • create an h-index,
  • manage your research identity.

The numbers that are generated are not absolutes. They should be used in conjunction with other qualitative measures.

The Leiden Manifesto was published in April 2015, to encourage best practices in the use of bibliometrics.

Karin Wulf, professor of history at the College of William & Mary warns about metrics in this post. In the post, she points at a recent hecfe report titled The Metric Tide: Report of the Independent Review of the Role of Metrics in Research Assessment and Management.