Introduction & background
Research outputs such as journal articles and other scholarly publications are a tangible result of research. They are the primary means of communicating the results of academic enquiry. Metrics associated with research outputs are being applied to the measurement of research quality and impact of an individual scientist or group, as well as at the institution and national level.
Why use metrics
Metrics are useful as they are a means of providing information about research quailty, impact and significance. Given the use of citation metrics at the national level in Australia for the Excellence in Research for Australia, their use has become much more widespread in disciplines with good coverage in the major citation databases. Even in disciplines not well represented in the major commercial citation databases, Google Scholar provides opportunities for some metrics-related information.
When to use metrics
Metrics, including the h-index and other citation metrics, can be used to illustrate your track record when applying for grants and promotion. Metrics are now used in school, institute and research centre reviews as well as for national research assessment exercises such as the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). It is a good idea to use metrics to support claims of research excellence or significance in grant applications, school review documents, and tenure and promotion applications.
What metrics to use
It is always a good idea to use a range of metrics appropriate to your discipline, and relevant to the context in which they are being used. Explore this guide for more information.
Where you can get help
You can book a consultation with your Research Information Service Librarian to find out more about the tools available and how to use them. You can get assistance you with citation analysis, journal impact factors, rankings and benchmarking and help setting up a ResearcherID, and ORCiD, and ensure that you are accurately recorded in Scopus author identifier.
Using metrics in grant or promotion applications
If you are a UQ Staff member, see the link below for information about the various metrics available to you to support claims of research excellence, significance and impact, as well as how to demonstrate your collaboration extent. You will need to login to UQeSpace to access the file.
Tutorial - Measuring your research impact
Measuring Your Research Impact (MyRI) is a highly recommended self-paced tutorial on tools that help you measure your research impact.The material is a collaborative project of four Irish academic libraries and has an open access license.There are 3 modules:
- introductory overview
- tracking your research impact
- journal ranking and analysis
In addition to the tutorials, the site includes a large number of worksheets and other material focussed on the use of bibliometrics.