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Introduction to Impact Factor and Other Research Metrics

This online guide will help you identify common research metrics that are used to measure scholarly impact. This guide also outlines methods and tools you can use to identify journals in your field for publishing.

Metrics Toolkit

The Metrics Toolkit is a free, informative "resource for researchers and evaluators that provides guidance for demonstrating and evaluating claims of research impact. With the Toolkit you can quickly understand what a metric means, how it is calculated, and if it's a good match for your impact question." Please note that while the Choose Metrics search function can be overly limiting, the Explore Metrics option is outstanding. 

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