Adapted from "Vertigo Ventures, & Digital Science. (2016). Collecting research impact evidence: Best practice guidance for the research community." https://www.research-strategy.admin.cam.ac.uk/files/collecting_research_impact_evidence_best_practice_guidance.pdf
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Grant bodies and research institutions evaluate research impact and engagement using multiple metrics and approaches.
The industry-standard citation databases offers a range of metrics and methods of tracking impact. Each of the metrics and indicators focus on separate aspects of research performance.
These data sources are most accurate once the researcher takes control of the data in their researcher profiles. Start with setting up your ORCID and having it linked in Minerva Elements , Upgrading your ORCID integration (Elements) and Writing to ORCID from Elements
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Research performance encompasses both research productivity and research quality. Research institutions and researchers often attempt to demonstrate research performance by using metrics. Research metrics alone are not sufficient to describe performance. Expert opinion should be added to demonstrate performance.
The Research Metrics Guidebook (Elsevier, p.5) states that:
We provide only two rules in the use of metrics within this Guidebook: always use more than 1 metric to give insights into a question, and always use metrics in conjunction with peer review and/or expert opinion to support any conclusions. This "triangulation" of approaches will increase the reliability of conclusions drawn if these distinct types of information reinforce each other, and will flag areas for further investigation if they do not. Beyond this, there are no black-and-white rules. The best approach is to use common sense to ensure metrics are used responsibly.
Researchers that need to find information about which metrics to choose from and include into their grant applications or academic promotion applications or for similar exercises can use the Metrics Toolkit to help inform their choice. In addition, also discuss this with your supervisor or a peer.
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