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Research Impact Challenge

Welcome to Day 5 of the Research Impact Challenge!
Earlier this week we focused on depositing your work in institutional repositories, which often provide some metrics you can use to convey the impact of your work. Today we’ll look at additional, concrete ways you might measure the impact of your creative and scholarly output, focusing on this question: How do you get from the work you do to an appropriate metric for measuring and communicating its impact?

Let's get started!

Today's challenge:
Explore and test the Metrics Toolkit.

Here's how to do it: 

1. The Metrics Toolkit, launched in 2018, is a user-friendly tool to help you navigate the dynamic research metrics landscape. Included in the tool are summaries of dozens of the most popular research metrics, like the Journal Impact Factor and the Altmetric Attention Score. Take a few minutes to explore this site. You might want to browse all of the included metrics, check out use cases for this tool, or read up on the Editorial Board, which is comprised of a range of experts who maintain and update the Toolkit.

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2. Now that you are oriented, let's test out the toolkit. Select "CHOOSE" under "Choose Metrics" and select a “Type of impact,” “Research Object,” and “Discipline of Your Work" from the drop-down menus. Then click “Filter” to see which metrics are suggested to meet your need(s).

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3. Your results will likely include a mixture of bibliometric indicators, such as citations-based measures of impact, and less traditional suggestions, such as blog mentions or Mendeley readers. Do any of the suggestions surprise you?

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4. Click on at least two of the suggested metrics and read about them, especially focusing on the “Appropriate use cases,” “Limitations,” and “Inappropriate use cases.”'

5. Check out the “Available metric sources” for the metrics you selected. Would you know how to obtain these data if you wanted to?

What next? 

The Metrics Toolkit is a user-friendly introduction to identifying appropriate research impact metrics. Check out the Citation Metrics page on this guide for ways to access traditional bibliometrics (like the h-index or Journal Impact Factor), as well as the Altmetrics page, which provides an introduction to alternative ways to measure impact that can complement citation metrics and tell a bigger impact story (like ways your scholarship is shared via social media, or in the news).

Learn more: 


You've completed the Research Impact Challenge! It's been a delight to spend this week with you. We hope you found these activities useful and thought provoking for your work at the university and beyond.

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