Most metrics used to analyze the impact of journal article publications are geared towards STEM fields. Therefore, while still a measure that can be used to track the impact of publications in the areas of arts and humanities, coverage is nowhere as extensive. Generally, citations for publications in this area also tend to be less and take longer to appear, than publications in the sciences and medicine in particular.
This page has some useful resources for locating and using citations and metrics to track, measure, and demonstrate the impact of your scholarly and creative works.
Depending on the type of scholarship or creative work you have produced and depending on your research field, there are several options available for you. Any metric should be used with the understanding that it may not create an entirely accurate picture of the impact of your scholarship. Many metrics, for example, don't differentiate between positive and negative attention. Below are some suggestions for how you can use metrics to demonstrate the reach of your work.
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The impact of books can be measured in a few different ways. Below are some resources and tools for you to use. If you think there is a resource missing from this list, please contact Christina Miskey, Research Impact Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Metrics, also known as research metrics or bibliometrics, is a measurement of scholarly research using quantitative methods such as citation counts, downloads, mentions, and more. Metrics are also used to demonstrate the impact of research publications at the journal, article, and author levels, which help faculty and researchers show the reach of their scholarship for tenure and promotion, job opportunities, and grant funding, among other things.
Bibliometric Tools and Resources
Altmetrics is used to refer to "alternative metrics" and are generally article-level metrics. Altmetrics attempts to fill a gap in more traditional metrics by using a more comprehensive range of sources, such as social media, news outlets, blog posts, and citation managers, in addition to citation and download counts to determine the impact (or "attention") of scholarship.
UNLV University Libraries is sponsoring a pilot of the Altmetric Explorer database. For more information on the pilot, and to offer feedback on the database, please go to the link below.