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Documenting Impact & Increasing Visibility

Examples and tutorials for documenting and improving scholarly visibility and impact.

Documenting your research impact

Measuring impact

Traditionally, scholarly impact has been demonstrated by quantitative measures such as the number of times a publication has been cited by other researchers. In recent years this has expanded to include alternative metrics such as article downloads, media mentions, and geographic location of readership. Qualitative metrics are also available such as Journal Impact Factor (or CiteScore, SJR and SNIP) or reveal what other researchers are saying about the publication using tools such as scite or ImpactStory. The most commonly requested metrics at ISU are:

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