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Research Impact Assessment (Health Sciences)

Use this guide to explore methods and tools for assessing your research impact, including citation tracking and altmetrics.

Getting Started

This research guide provides an overview of metrics, methods, and tools commonly used in assessing scholarly impact in the health sciences. Researchers, funders, and administrators often use impact assessment to inform decision-making processes including:

  • Grant application
  • Promotion, tenure, and job applications
  • Selecting journals in which to publish
  • Identifying new collaborators
  • Faculty recruitment
  • Performance reporting

Use the navigation pane on the left to explore the guide. For assistance with resources related to impact metrics, methods, and tools, contact the Research Impact Core team at THLImpactCore@umich.edu.

Highlighed Resource: Altmetric Explorer for Institutions

Altmetric Explorer for Institutions tracks attention around your research publications in social media, news, and policy resources. Create a personal account to export results and save searches and alerts. Learn more about Altmetric Explorer for Institutions.

 

Benefits and Limitations of Impact Metrics

Quantitative publication metrics offer a relatively quick and seemingly concrete measure of research impact and are used widely in the assessment of academic health sciences research. However, metrics can lead to over-simplification and sometimes serve as direct proxies for impact at the expense of other valuable considerations.

Several efforts have led to frameworks that promote the application of assessment metrics as one important aspect of a broader assessment process.

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