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Scholarly Publishing & Communication: Scholarly Metrics

Locate current resources on all aspects of scholarly publishing and communication across all subject areas.

Dimensions of Impact and Sources of Data

DORA, the Declaration on Research Assessment, is an important description of contemporary approaches to metrics for research and scholarship.

  • Outputs:  numbers of articles, conference presentations, artworks, exhibitions, books, patents, start-ups, etc.
    • Source:  Bibliographic databases, reports by the individual or department, invitations to present, invitations to contribute etc.
  • Research Impact: citations, reviews
    • Source: Journal and article level metrics from Web of Science, Scopus etc.
  • Engagement: involvement in scholarly networks, sharing by others, crowd sourcing projects, teaching, reviewing, editing etc.
    • Source: Altmetric, ImpactStory, PlumX Dashboard
  • Funding from all sources, local to international and private as well as public
    • Source: Reports from funding agencies and recipients 
  • Societal Impact: public policy, broader understanding of research, wider reach of ideas
    • Source: Altmetric, ImpactStory, PlumX
  • Programmatic Review and Benchmarking
    • IPEDs data  (reported to and accessible from the U.S. Department of Education)
    • Dartmouth Fact Book (provided by Dartmouth’s Office of Institutional Research)
  • Expertise
    • PIVOT (grants information but also reflects areas of expertise for those with profiles)

Journal Title and Article Metrics

CiteScore from Scopus
Created as a competitor to JCR's Impact Factors, the Eigenfactor™ Score is a measure of the overall value provided by all of the articles published in a given journal in a year. The Article Influence™ Score is a measure of a journal's prestige based on per article citations. The site also evaluates the cost effectiveness of journals.
SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)
SNIP: Source Normalized Impact per Paper

Tools for Choosing Metrics

Metrics Toolkit