FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Indianapolis, Indiana, January 17, 2019:  The Metrics Toolkit (, a free guide to research impact metrics, is pleased to announce the recent appointment of an international team of experts to the Toolkit’s Editorial Board:

  • Isidro F. Aguillo, head of the Cybermetrics Lab at the Institute de Public Goods and Policies (IPP) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), editor of the Rankings Web (Webometrics), and is the founder and editor of the journal “Cybermetrics”
  • Robin Chin Roemer, Head of Instructional Design & Outreach Services at the University of Washington Libraries in Seattle and author of Meaningful Metrics: A 21st Century Librarian’s Guide to Research Impact, Bibliometrics, and Altmetrics
  • Rodrigo Costas, a senior researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University, and an Extraordinary Associate Professor at the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) of Stellenbosch University
  • Andréa Gonçalves do Nascimento, librarian, independent consultant in scholarly publishing and academic impact, and author of the book Altmetrics for librarians: practical guide to alternative metrics for the assessment of scientific output
  • Karen Gutzman, Digital Innovations Specialist at Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University

The Editorial Board will be joined by the Metrics Toolkit’s co-founders, Heather Coates (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis), Robin Champieux (Oregon Health & Science University), and Stacy Konkiel (Digital Science), in continuing to improve and enhance the Toolkit over time.

The Metrics Toolkit is a unique online resource that provides easy to understand, research-backed explanations of what metrics like the h-index are and how they should and should not be applied in evaluation scenarios.

Metrics Toolkit Editorial Board members are chosen for their proven expertise in a wide variety of research impact metrics. Board members direct Toolkit content development to emphasize the most current, high-quality, evidence-based recommendations for using and interpreting research impact metrics in a variety of contexts.

“We are thrilled to have such a distinguished group of experts join our team. It speaks to the value of the Metrics Toolkit in helping scholars navigate the complex landscape of research metrics. Their expertise has already enriched our conversations and improved our ability to provide practical and accessible information about metrics. I am excited to see what our users think about what we have in store for the next year. ” says Metrics Toolkit co-founder Heather Coates.

The Metrics Toolkit currently includes explanations for 28 innovative and commonly used research metrics, with new content in active development. The Toolkit aims to be the most comprehensive guide to research metrics available to the average faculty member and university administrator.

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About the Metrics Toolkit: The Metrics Toolkit ( is a free guide that helps researchers and evaluators understand commonly used and emerging research impact metrics.  Supported by IUPUI, OHSU, Force11, and Altmetric, the Toolkit offers clear, research-backed, provider-agnostic summaries of what metrics mean in practice for researchers from all disciplines.

Press contact:
Heather Coates

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