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Research impact for Education: a self-help guide

Further help

Still not sure which metrics to use, how to find them, what they mean? 

Try one or more of the following:

  • Contact your liaison librarian - they are familiar with the specific tools for your discipline.
  • Try these web resources:
  •  Metrics Toolkit: "provides guidance for demonstrating and evaluating claims of research impact."
  •  MyRI: provides resources including tutorials, videos and links.  

Books from the library collections

Focus point

Meagher, L., & Edwards, D. (2020, September 18). How to tell an impact story? The building blocks you need [Blog post]. Impact of Social Sciences.
Moed, H. (2017, November 3). How can we use research performance indicators in an informed and responsible manner? Guest post by Henk Moed [Blog post]. The Bibliomagician.

Harzing, Anne-Wil. (2017, November 27). Making your case for impact if you have few citations [Blog post].  Retrieved from


Harzing, Anne-Wil. (2016, July 20). From h-index to hla: The ins and outs of research metrics [Blog post].  Retrieved from

Swijghuisen Reigersberg, M.E. (2018, November 21). Metrics, Research Assessment and League Tables: An Australian perspective [Blog post].  Retrieved from

Bar-Ilan, J. (2014, June). Evaluating the individual researcher - adding an altmetric perspective [Blog post] . Retrieved from

Harzing, Anne-Wil. (2017, May 20). Citation analysis across disciplines: The impact of different data sources and citation metrics [Blog post].  Retrieved from

Harzing, Anne-Wil. (2016, Feb 6). Reflections on norms for the h-index and related indices [Blog post].  Retrieved from


Albion, P. R. (2012). Benchmarking citation measures among the Australian education professoriate. The Australian Educational Researcher, 39(2), 221–235.
Furnham, A. (2019). What I have learned from my Google Scholar and H index. Scientometrics, 122(2), 1249–1254.
Merga, M. K., Mat Roni, S., & Mason, S. (2020). Should Google Scholar be used for benchmarking against the professoriate in education? Scientometrics.