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Research Impact


What are the right methods for determining the impact that research has had?  The proper assessment of the impact of particular articles, authors, journals, and even institutions, has been the subject of much controversy and scholarly discussion.

A number of organizations and scholars advocate for the responsible application of metrics in the research evaluation process. Some believe that journal metrics in particular carry too much weight in hiring and funding decisions. 

Some ongoing projects that aim to ensure that research impact is evaluated fairly include: 

Further Readings

Further readings:


Guide Authors

Paula Carey
General Science, Engineering, & Mathematics Librarian

Mary Foppiani
Astronomy, Biology, & Physics Librarian

Barbara Maratos
Modern Languages, Comparative Literature, & Linguistics Librarian

Kate Silfen
Health Sciences Librarian

Dan Benedetti
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