Use research (or publication) metrics when applying for a grant or promotion. Measures include citation metrics, journal quality indicators, benchmarking, altmetrics and collaboration.

1. What are research metrics?

Research metrics may indicate your research performance and attention to your research. Examples of metrics include:

  • number of publications
  • publication citations — the number of times a research work is cited by others (the assumption being that important or influential articles will be cited more often than other articles)
  • alternative metrics — based on internet mentions and attention.

Research metrics can:

  • provide evidence of influence or performance when applying for grants and promotions
  • quantify return on research investment when applying for grant renewals
  • highlight the value of your research in progress reports, including school, institute and research centre reviews, and the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) framework
  • identify who is using your work.

Learn more about metrics

  • Metrics Toolkit — explore and choose metrics that may be best used for your situation
  • Citation impact — an overview of how academic performance is evaluated, from Phd on Track
  • MyRI Measuring your Research Impact — self-paced online tutorial introducing bibliometrics, tracking research performance and journal ranking and analysis

Contact your liason librarian for expert advice.

  Next steps

Use metrics to provide evidence of: