We developed the Metrics Toolkit to help scholars and evaluators understand and use citations, web metrics, and altmetrics responsibly in the evaluation of research.

The Metrics Toolkit provides evidence-based information about research metrics across disciplines, including how each metric is calculated, where you can find it, and how each should (and should not) be applied.  You’ll also find examples of how to use metrics in grant applications, CVs, and promotion dossiers.

There are two ways to use the Toolkit. Explore metrics to browse the metrics you want to learn more about. Or, you can choose metrics that will be best for your use case by filtering via our broad discipline, research output, and impact type categories. 

The Metrics Toolkit was developed thanks to the 2016 Force11 PitchIt! Innovation grant, as well as support from OHSU, IUPUI, and Altmetric.

Who Are We?

We are a group of information professionals who are passionate about using the best possible evidence for research evaluation.

Robin Champieux, Research Engagement & Open Science Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)
Find her on Twitter or Github

Heather Coates, Digital Scholarship & Data Management Librarian, IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship
Find her on Twitter, GithubORCID, or coateshl.com

Stacy Konkiel, Director of Research & Education, Altmetric
Find her on Twitter, Github, or stacykonkiel.org

Advisory Board

Thanks to our wonderful board members for providing us with crucial feedback as we developed this resource.

Martin Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing, Birkbeck, University of London
Karen Gutzman, Impact and Evaluation Librarian at the Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center, Northwestern University
Stefanie Haustein, Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies, University of Ottawa
Erin McKiernan, Professor, Physics Department at the National Autonomous University of Mexico
Iara Vidal, PhD student, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


The Metrics Toolkit is meant to be a resource that grows and evolves as the field of scientometrics uncovers new insights about research impact and diffusion. Here’s a roadmap for our plans to enhance the Toolkit and its governance over time.

To submit a new idea for improving the Toolkit, submit a GitHub issue or email us at metricstoolkit@gmail.com–feedback is always welcomed!

Q2 2018

Q3 2018

Q3 2018

  • Add more metrics relevant to non-article research outputs and non-author/creator activities (e.g. editing a special issue of a journal) (see related GitHub issue here)



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