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Research Impact Service

HS/HSL Research Impact Service

Requests for the HS/HSL Research Impact Service can be made by UMB faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows through our request form.


A librarian will contact you to schedule a consultation to discuss deliverables, such as a Publication & Citation Report, or other specific impact measures determined by mutual agreement. Sample report contents might include:

  • Citation counts
  • Average citation per article
  • h-index
  • Top publications ranked by number of times cited
  • Citer analysis
    • Who is citing you?
    • From which institutions/organizations?
    • From which countries?

Methods of Measuring Research Impact

Measuring research impact can take a variety of forms.

(1)    BIBLIOMETRICS analyzes the impact of scholarly work (articles, books, conference proceedings) quantitatively through citation analyis that includes metrics at different levels.

Article Level metrics include measures such as citation counts (# of times the article has been cited), and citer analysis (who has cited the article, the citers' location/country, the citers' organizational or institutional affiliation).

Journal Impact metrics measure the influence of the journals in which the author has published. These metrics include Journal Impact Factor (JIF), Eigenfactor, journal rank by subject category. 

Author Level metrics include measures such as the h-index, total # of citations overall, average citation count per article, citation patterns (e.g., bar graphs of publications by year or citations by year). 

(2)    ALTMETRICS, or alternative metrics, are methods of measuring research impact via social networks of dissemination, such as Twitter, Mendeley, Impactstory, and others.

(3)    OTHER MEASURES of Research Impact might examine clinical impact, community, social or economic benefits, legislative or policy impact. The Becker Medical Library Model for Assessment of Research Impact presents an extensive list of indicators that researchers can use as a checklist of their outputs or activities demonstrating one of these other forms of impact.