Answered By: Hayati Abdul
Last Updated: Dec 05, 2016     Views: 125

Citation metrics can be used to measure and rank research impact. They can also be used to evaluate the influence of a particular researcher, journal or institution. They are a quantitative measure and can be contrasted with the main approach to qualitative assessment - peer review. Measurements are calculated using the number of articles published by a particular author, group, institution, or journal, and the number of citations these articles have received. Examples of citation metrics:

  • Total number of papers
  • This is simply the number of papers published by a research within a stated timeframe.
  • Total number of citations
  • The sum of the citation counts across all papers.
  • Hirsch's h-index
  • “A researcher has index h if h of his/her N papers have at least h citations each”.

For more information, see the library's libguide page on Research Impact.

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