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Research metrics


The field of bibliometrics analyses publications through statistical methods. It uses citation data to provide insight into the impact of research outputs. Bibliometrics can be used in combination with qualitative indicators such as peer review, funding received, and the number of patents and awards granted.

You can use bibliometrics to:

  • analyse your research outputs
  • provide evidence of the impact of your research
  • find new and emerging areas of research
  • identify potential research collaborators
  • identify suitable sources in which to publish.

Any single metric will not provide a rounded overview of research performance. To practice responsible metrics you will need to use a ‘basket of metrics’. Consider the context in which the metrics are used and look at them alongside appropriate qualitative measures.

Find out more by attending a bibliometrics webinar run by the Library’s Research Support team.