There are a number of different indicators that researchers might use to quantify the impact of their research, including, but not limited to:
Learn more about each of these by visiting the different pages in the navigation menu on the left. Watch the video below for a short introduction to bibliometrics, including a description of citation count and the h-index.
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.