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Understanding research metrics

A guide for librarians, journal editors and researchers

Elaine Devine Associate Director, Content & Communications, Taylor & Francis
  • What’s a journal Impact Factor?
  • What’s a researcher’s h-index?
  • What’s an Altmetric score and how is it calculated?
  • How should I use this to assess a journal or to advise colleagues on the right journal to publish in?

Research metrics are a thorny and constantly evolving area, and a topic librarians are asked to give advice and guidance on (see skills for scholarly communication from Cambridge University Library for more).

To support you in this, we’ve refreshed our simple guide to research metrics, bringing together a selection of research papers, viewpoints, and tips into one handy resource.

This introduction features a simple guide to the most commonly used metrics, including how they are calculated. It also offers tips on how to use any research metric plus resources to explore a little deeper, including some of the latest research from across Taylor & Francis and Routledge journals, and a panel discussion on research metrics and recognition from one of our most recent Scholarly Summits (with speakers from Clarivate Analytics, Wizdom AI and Altmetric).

Understanding research metrics

Understanding research metrics

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