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A guide to measuring impact for authors of scholarly publications.


Authoring a paper, dissertation, journal article, or book? Find out how to measure its impact in the scholarly community.

This guide provides information and additional resources for getting started with the most common approaches to measuring and communication the impact and extent of the reach of your published work. 

Citation Metrics: tools to measure citations within "traditional" publishing (books, articles, published papers)

Journal Impactexplore the impact factor for journals to which you are considering submitting work for publication

Altmetrics: learn about the impact of your work beyond traditional citation metrics

ORCiD (Open Researcher & Contributor Identifier) is an open, non-profit, community-driven effort to create and maintain a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers.

More Resourcesnew approaches and trends in the field of research impact metrics

Research Impact Resources

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