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Research Impact for STEMM - a self-help guide

This guide will assist researchers in the STEMM disciplines to find bibliometrics to demonstrate the impact of their research outputs.

Author MetricsDifferent metrics - Author, Article, Journal, Altmetrics, Benchmarking



Article Metrics Journal Metrics Alternative Metrics Benchmarking Researcher at Library

I'm a researcher, what metrics do I need? There are multiple metrics that can be used to demonstrate impact and engagement. Author metrics include: h-index, h5-index, author ranking, field-weighted citation impact for all articles. Article metrics include: citation count, article ranking, altmetrics, field-weighted citation impact for a single article. Journal metrics include: Journal impact factor (JIF), CiteScore, SJR, SNIP, top journal percentile. Alternative metrics include: social media activity, downloads or views, news media mentions, government policy mentions. Benchmarking includes: Field of research for a researcher, field of research nationally or globally, institutional benchmarking The University of Melbourne Library


As researchers and academic staff, you need to demonstrate the impact of your research outputs in applications for academic promotions, grant applications and in many other contexts.  

The selection of the most appropriate metrics and/or the optimum method of presenting those metrics is dependent on the discipline, the purpose, the context and the specific research being evaluated.

Library staff strongly advise that you fully understand the requirements of the grant, promotion or application. 

The use of metrics to demonstrate research impact or to compare researchers or research publications is a topic that has been debated in recent years.  The following websites and articles are recommended for further information and discussion:

Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics

San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA)

Please consult the following resources when deciding which metrics are appropriate and how to use those metrics to demonstrate research impact and engagement:

Australian Research Council Grants

National Health and Medical Research Council

Academic Careers @ Melbourne




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