This section presents tools and strategies for measuring the impact of your scholarly work. It provides guidance for collecting traditional impact metrics--namely, measurements that take into account the number of citations achieved for scholarly publications. In addition, this guide describes alternative metrics (altmetrics), which gauge your impact by taking into account engagement with your work via social media, bookmarks, shares, and more.
This guide will point you to various impact metrics and articles about impact assessment. A number of tools are presented here, in part because impact metrics are notoriously complicated and, in some cases, problematic. For instance:
Because of these complexities, we encourage you to explore further and select the tools that you feel will most meaningfully describe your efforts in the scholarly community.