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Bibliometrics and Altmetrics

This guide was created to help UNLV researchers navigate bibliometrics and altmetrics when trying to evaluate journals for publication or indicate their scholarship's impact.

About This Guide

What are metrics?

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.

What is this guide for?

This guide is here to help to navigate the complex world of metrics. Each of the sections will provide information, tools, and resources for the three primary levels of metrics. The tools listed on this guide will help you measure the impact and reach of research and scholarship

But what if I need hands on help?

If you need additional help, please reach out to your Subject Liaison or to Christina Miskey, the Research Impact Librarian.

Top Resources for Metrics


This guide was informed by others who have created specific guides.  Our appreciation goes out to the following libguides, whose materials we have utilized.

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