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Research metrics are quantitative measurements designed to help authors evaluate their impact in their fields. Metrics can include things like:
The field is constantly evolving. This guide is designed to assist you in understanding common metrics and using available tools to do your own analyses.
The Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics was published in 2015 by five experts urging responsible use in metrics, named after the conference where the idea came to fruition. They promote the following ten principles to guide research evaluation:
The Metric Tide Report, published in 2015 and commissioned by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (UK), is a report of the independent review of the role of metrics in research assessment and management. Traditional metrics have long been used as indicators for research and researcher impact. Their use can be problematic when taken out of context with uncritical acceptance. Responsible metrics should be considered and understood in the following dimensions:
The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (SF DORA) recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated. The declaration was developed in 2012 during the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology.
The DORA roadmap for the next two years will focus on three strategic goals to enable signatories to take action:
From SF DORA at www.sfdora.org.