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Research metrics

Ways of measuring the output and performance of research.

Research metrics offer a way to measure the output and performance of research outputs. All research metrics are based on citations as the smallest unit of measurement, a quantitative means of counting how many other outputs have referred to your work in the production of their own. As a researcher producing work, you will cite previous outputs in the production of your own original contribution, and the hope is that in time others will refer back to, and build on, yours. This is how the international research community build on and adds to the universal body of knowledge.


Types of metrics and tools

It is vital that in choosing and using any research metrics to support your decision making, you consider carefully whether they are fit for purpose and are transparent in how they have been generated, so you can address any gaps or caveats. This will involve using a range of metrics and tools in support of expert judgement.

Researcher profile

A research profile can effectively showcase your publications and research data, promote your skills and knowledge, connect you with other researchers within and beyond the University and increase the impact of your research. A wide range of research systems can contribute to your profile as a researcher. This includes University systems such as MyImpact and staff profiles, external research systems such as ORCID and Scopus, as well as social networks such as ResearchGate, LinkedIn and Twitter. Whatever services you use, it is important that you keep your profile up to date so that they reflect your research activities accurately. 

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