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Entries Tagged as 'Research Impact'

Understanding Research Impact

June 28th, 2012 by Cathy · No Comments

“No single metric is sufficient for measuring performance, quality, or impact by an author; indeed, the discovery of a scholar’s most impactful work may be gleaned only through qualitative forms of assessment that do not rely solely on publication data.” To learn more about understanding research impact, see the article, Understanding Research Impact, in the ASN […]

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Changing Performance Metrics and How to Measure What Matters

May 3rd, 2012 by Cathy · No Comments

Interesting Perspective from New England Journal of Medicine: “Performance metrics must also be changed. Clinicians today are assessed according to the number of tests and procedures performed and the number of patients seen. Researchers are judged by the numbers of grants won and articles published. Neither set of metrics clearly leads to improved health outcomes. […]

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Evaluation Metrics Manual

April 10th, 2012 by Cathy · No Comments

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences – National Institutes of Health recently published a manual related to evaluation metrics titled: The Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) Evaluation Metrics Manual. The manual contains examples of tangible metrics related to PEPH research outcomes. This manual is an outstanding easy-to-read resource, and includes definitions, examples of […]

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Demonstrating Impact from Academic Books or Book Chapters

January 16th, 2012 by Cathy · No Comments

How can authors of books and book chapters track the impact of their published works? Several ways include: How many libraries hold the book in their collections? Check WorldCat to find how many libraries have a record for the book in their collections. Is the book noted on any Best Seller lists? Are there any […]

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Citation Analysis: Is it Sufficient?

December 21st, 2011 by Cathy · No Comments

As stated by Eugene Garfield: “Citation analysis is not a substitute or shortcut for critical thinking; it is, instead, a point of departure for those willing to explore the avenues to thorough evaluation . . . citations tell us nothing about a researcher’s teaching ability, administrative talent, or other non-scholarly contributions. And they do not […]

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Can Tweets Predict Citations? Metrics of Social Impact Based on Twitter and Correlation with Traditional Metrics of Scientific Impact

December 19th, 2011 by Cathy · No Comments

Interesting article by Gunther Eysenbach: Can Tweets Predict Citations? Metrics of Social Impact Based on Twitter and Correlation with Traditional Metrics of Scientific Impact. Gunther Eysenbach. J Med Internet Res 2011 (Dec 16); 13(4):e123. “Tweets can predict highly cited articles within the first 3 days of article publication. Social media activity either increases citations or […]

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Impact has a Bad Name. . .

November 29th, 2011 by Cathy · No Comments

Impact has a bad name among many researchers, but thinking of impact as re-use could be key to uniting both funders and researchers. Blog post by Cameron Neylon. “We may not be able to demonstrate or to measure significant re-use of the outputs of the research that we fund now for many years. But what […]

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The BRIF (Bioresource Research Impact Factor) as a tool for improving bioresource sharing in biomedical research

November 8th, 2011 by Cathy · No Comments

“The central aim of the BRIF (Bioresource Research Impact Factor) initiative is to construct a quantitative parameter to evaluate bioresources, modeled to some degree on the Journal Impact Factor (JIF), and to provide guidance and methodology for optimizing recognition of bioresources, their use and their sharing at international level.” [Source: Mabile, Laurence, Dalgleish, Raymond, Thorisson, […]

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The Athletes of Science

October 21st, 2011 by Cathy · No Comments

“Some researchers may recoil from metrics-based assessment. But they should know how others are keeping score.” Read the article in Nature: The Athletes of Science by Maria Pavlou and Eleftherios P. Diamandis. Nature 478, 419 (2011). doi:10.1038/nj7369-419a.

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Research Achievements Underrated in Australia

October 19th, 2011 by Cathy · 1 Comment

Interesting article in Higher Education from Australia: Research Achievements Underrated by Mike Calford. How is impact of innovation in practice and changes to policy measured? Calford points out several examples of innovative research projects. “The Kids Safe Sleeping Campaign, developed by an international group of public health researchers, has reduced the incidence of sudden infant […]

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