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

Get metrics by tracking and measuring your metrics or requesting a metrics report.

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 liaison librarian for expert advice.

  Next steps

Use metrics to provide evidence of: