Researcher impact & the responsible use of metrics

Librarians are often asked by faculty and researchers for assistance in finding metrics, most commonly  journal impact factor and h-index, for promotion packages, grant applications or for other purposes.  What do these metrics mean and what are the implications of the metrics used to quantify scholarly outputs?  This session will focus on research impact  - what it is and how it can be measured.  We will focus on traditional and altmetrics at the journal, article and researcher level. There will be hands-on time to use Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar but a basic understanding of these databases is expected of attendees as this is not an introductory workshop to these databases. Overarching this workshop will be a discussion of the responsible use of metrics movement as well as tools and strategies a researcher can use to tell their research impact story.

By the end of this workshop, students will be able to: 

  1. Locate various quantitative measure of research impact
  2. Explain how research outputs are quantified (author level, article level) 
  3. Define evaluation metrics pertaining to journal
  4. Understand the controversies regarding quantitative measures of research impact

Should you fail to withdraw 48+ hours in advance, thereby preventing your colleagues on the waitlist from filling in your spot, your library account will be charged $10 per missed workshop. Please note, it is your responsibility to sign next to your name on the attendance sheet for each workshop session. A blank signature spot will result in a penalty charge.


Heather Cunningham, Assistant Director for Research and Innovation Services, Gerstein Science Information Centre & Mindy Thuna, Head, Engineering & Computer Science Library