The Quick Reference Cards for Research Impact Metrics posters, cards and PowerPoint found on this page were updated on Dec. 8, 2016 to include CiteScore. Find out more about CiteScore metrics in the article CiteScore metrics for librarians interested in research performance.
Increasingly, librarians are involved in tracking and reporting on research outputs. While metrics help illuminate the impact of research outputs, it can be a challenge for librarians unfamiliar with research impact to assemble a basket of metrics and find definitions and resources in one place.
Working with librarian Jenny Delasalle, who previously collaborated with Library Connect on the enormously popular infographic "Librarians and Research Impact," we came up with a consolidated quick reference to some key research impact metrics.
For those of you who are experts in this area, the cards can be a jumping off point for discussions with early career colleagues or researchers. We also encourage you to provide feedback as we plan to update the cards as new metrics and resources come along.
Quick Reference Cards for Research Impact Metrics POSTER (11x17 inch PDF with space in footer to add library information)
Librarian Quick Reference Cards for Research Impact Metrics POSTER (original librarian version of 11x17 inch poster)
Larger format CARDS – 4 per 8.5x11" page
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any difficulty downloading any of the files. The customizable poster is also available as a flattened Photoshop file, which we will make available upon request.
Library Connect would also like to thank the Library Connect Librarians Feedback Group and Lisa Colledge, Elsevier's Director of Research Metrics, for providing feedback on the cards. In a recent interview on the EASE Journal Blog, Lisa described 2 Golden Rules to making research metrics usable:
Golden Rule 1 – Always use quantitative metric-based input alongside qualitative opinion-based input.
Golden Rule 2 – Ensure that the quantitative, metrics part of your input always relies on at least 2 metrics to prevent bias and encouragement of undesirable behavior.
We hope that these cards will not only be useful tools, but help you to follow the Golden Rules!