Citation research, impact metrics, and research analytics are ways to attempt to assess the performance or impact of research, by analyzing how published items are cited in publications, or other forms of usage metrics (sometimes called alternative metrics) such as number of tweets. Citations can be analyzed at a variety of levels:
Use the tabs to the left to learn more about what you are trying to measure:
If you have been told to use a specific metric, look in the left-hand column (index) to locate the metric.
This guide does not attempt to list every type of metric that exists, instead, we concentrate on ones to which the ASU community has easy access or those we think might be most useful.
When using metrics, keep in mind these Rules of Thumb: