Researchers and academic staff may need to demonstrate the quality and impact of their research in grant applications and academic promotions. Metrics may indicate research quality and provide evidence of claims that researchers make.
This guide provides information on using research metrics to capture evidence and describe research outputs for grants and promotions, by using the free and subscription tools that determine the impact and engagement metrics of research outputs. It provides example statements showing how to use these metrics to put your claims into context.
Firstly, ensure you keep your author profiles up-to-date so the evidence you gather is accurate, as the data from analysis tools depends on these sources. Use the Researcher Profile and CRO Library Guides to assist.
It is important to be aware of the limitations with metrics.
- Not all metrics will be relevant for describing your impact, it depends on your discipline and research outputs.
- Research impact measures are not comparable across disciplines.
- No one database will provide a comprehensive measurement of impact.
- Results between citation databases are not comparable since their coverage varies.
- Citation counts alone are not an indication of excellent research. They should be used with other qualitative measures.
See our Research Metrics, Impact and Engagement guide for more information on metrics.
The Metrics Toolkit has further details. It has been developed to help scholars and evaluators understand and use citations, web metrics, and altmetrics responsibly in the evaluation of research. It provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where you can find it, and how each should (and should not) be applied. You’ll also find examples of how to use metrics in grant applications, CV, and promotion packages.